Last night’s dinner was what I would call a typical “three dish plate”

Meat. Potatoes. Veg.

With the cold temps & rain we’ve been experiencing lately (ummm, we need to have a talk “Spring”…. where are you?) I couldn’t think of anything more comforting.

1. Local Hot Italian Sausages w/ Caramalized Onions

2. Smashed Potatoes w/ Garlic & Green Onion <— Chobani snuck it’s way in there!

3. Broccolini Sautéed w/ Garlic & Olive Oil

This meal came together pretty easily, since the sausages did their thing while I prepared the rest!

Local Hot Italian Sausages w/ Caramalized Onions

Guess you’re recognizing the name by now, but yet another fabulous product from Faith Farm Foods.

I have got to make it back to the Souther of the James Market next weekend to replenish my stash since I won’t be able to tomorrow… I’m loving their products.

I got this little skillet from Santa and must say that it’s a blessing in the kitchen.

Keeps the stove clear for other cooking while also having the perfect covered, evenly heated area for cooking a dish such as this.

Cook up a sliced onion in some olive oil for a few minutes, until it starts to get a lovely brown.

Then push the onions to the side and add your sausages, cooking until the outside browns. 

(I kept the skillet covered during this time)


Once the sausages were browned, I piled the onions on top and added 1/2 cup water, then covered and let do their thing while the rest of dinner was prepared.

The water helped to steam the sausages and also, as it reduced, created an amazing sauce with the caramalized onions.


I think this one made The Man’s Italian heart happy happy 😛 

We both decided that these were some of the best sausages we’ve ever tasted. The seasonings were perfect. And not fatty at all either. 

Smashed Potatoes w/ Garlic & Green Onion

Red potatoes.

Chopped large and peeled, since The Man is not a tater peel fan.  Such a good girlfriend, right? 😉

Into a pot of water with 2 cloves of peeled garlic.

Then boiled until tender, about 25 minutes.

Drain.  Smash in a bowl with a large fork.  Couldn’t be easier and they get pretty darn smooth, with just a small bit of texture!

Super secret power —>  Plain Chobani.

Add to the mash along with the chopped green onion.  Stir to incorporate, but not too much, you don’t want your potatoes to get gluey.

Then, to really make the dish taste rich, add in 1 tblsp melted butter and a few spoonfuls of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Smashed potatoes, very close to mashed potatoes, all in a matter of time!

Decadant in flavor but not in fat 😀

Broccolini Sautéed w/ Garlic & Olive Oil

Just like I tweeted last night, I can’t believe that I haven’t used broccolini in our kitchen before?!

How beautiful is this stuff?

I’m currently having a love affair with it, no big deal 😉

And since I’m a huge broccoli fan, but not too keen on the thick stems, this is the perfect solution.

This method made the broccolini so tender and delicious, trust me!

Just add to a pan with 1″ water and cover, bring to boil for 5 minutes.

Then remove the broccolini and drain, set aside.  Add 1 tblsp olive oil plus 2 cloves chopped garlic to the hot pan.

Cook garlic for 1 minute then add broccolini back in.  Cook another 2 minutes.

Prepare to fall in love 🙂

A meal fit for a cold spring night!

I’d say so 🙂

What’s on tap for you this weekend?

I’m looking forward to watching not one, but two, Richmond teams in the Sweet 16 tonight and cheering them on!  Then lunch with a good friend and a hair appointment for this gal tomorrow.  Other than that, I foresee lots of cooking and relaxing in these abnormally cold temps…  Snow Sunday?  Really?



  1. How awesome are electric skillets? I couldn’t be without mine! Great dinner. And I love how the chobani snuck its way into the potatoes- YUM! Sounds like a great weekend. I love getting my hair done- glorious. This weekend=sleep and spending time with Josh

  2. Yay for lunch tomorrow!

  3. I love smashed potatoes! They sound so much fun and exciting than mashed potatoes. It’s funny how much a name can influence me!

  4. Oh. my goodness! This type of meal is my favorite. I love having separate components- it makes eating more fun and slows me down a bit too. Anything with caramelized onions makes me swoon 🙂

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