Bitterness Bash

Turkey Sausage Sandwiches

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Orange

Just focus on the sausage

Just focus on the sausage

First off, absolutely no disrespect to the sausage sandwich.  That’s a sausage with peppers and onions.  That’s a sacred thing, even if it is turkey sausage.  It’s amazing.  You’ll love it. You should eat it.

Second, that post title is a reference to the Valentine’s Day party that R & R’s used to have on the campus of the University of Illinois in the early 2000’s.  I’ve dated myself so perfectly with this reference that I just had to point it out.  If anyone was curious how old I am, now you know…pretty much to the week.

Third, it’s the chard that was bitter.  I’m not sure if you’re meant to eat orange peel.  At least not in big pieces like that.  And not until it’s been deliciously candied.  I liked the actual chard, but oh my was that orange peel bitter!  I’d say take the orange peel out before you serve this, but D thought it was delicious.  He has a higher tolerance for bitterness than I do.  Let’s put it this way: if you like IPAs, kale, and rapini, please eat this orange peel.  If, however, I just named three things that you choke down, take the suckers out.

Stir-Fried Honey-Ginger Chicken with Peppers

Stir-Fried Honey-Ginger Chicken with Peppers

Honey and ginger, two of my favorite things.

Honey and ginger, two of my favorite things.

Everyday Food certainly loves their stir fries.  I have to admit it is kind of nice.  Up to this point, with very few exceptions, I pretty much sliced up chicken or pork, tossed in a bag of stir fry style frozen veggies and added some Soy Vey Teriyaki Sauce (if you’ve never tried it, it’s truly delicious).  So, here is yet another example of how this blog has taken me out of my comfort zone.  Yay!

This stir fry was both incredibly beautiful and incredibly tasty.  I took the suggestion in the magazine and went with red, orange and yellow bell peppers.  It’s not often you have such a colorful meal in the middle of winter.  Additionally, the honey and the ginger made the chicken and peppers so flavorful!  As usual, I served it with brown rice.

This was a delicious and healthy dinner at the peak of comfort food season.  Give it a try!