Beer Braised Sausage On Sweet & Spicy Warm Slaw

guiness beer braised sausage

Beer Braised Sausage On Sweet & Spicy Warm Slaw

This yummy beer braised sausage recipe offers taste of summer year round!  Guiness beer. Sausage. Peppers. Those are just a few of the ingredients that make this dish a stand out!  That Guiness beer also makes it just perfect to serve as a St. Patrick’s Day meal!

For this recipe you won’t need your grill, so if it is stored for the winter .. not a problem.  This sausage is braised and slow cooked in beer and served over a slaw.  No, not cole slaw – that would be for summer.  We are talking about a warm slaw with a kick.  Sweet & spicy to keep you warm this winter.  The recipe is easy to adjust the spice level just in case you are not a fan of spicy.

Just look at all this color !  Fresh, crunchy, flavorful.  It won’t be long before this is a new favorite in your household.

Beer Braised Sausage On Sweet & Spicy Warm Slaw

  1. 1 bottle Guiness Beer
  2. Sausage of your choice (we used a German Cheddar Sausage)
  3. 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  4. Salt & Pepper
For the slaw
  1. 1 cup shredded cabbage
  2. 2 large carrots, shredded
  3. 1 red pepper, sliced thin
  4. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 tablespoon white sugar
  6. 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  7. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  8. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  9. Salt & Pepper
For the sausage
  1. In a skillet on medium high heat, drizzle olive oil and add sausages. Brown on each side (about 1 minute)
  2. Add the beer, mustard and a pinch of salt & pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes covered and an additional 10 minutes without the cover.
  5. Remove the sausages from the pan and set aside.
For the cabbage
  1. In the same skillet, over medium heat drizzle olive oil and add vegetables
  2. Mix in the vinegar, sugar, garlic and seasonings.
  3. Saute for about 10 minutes, add sausage back to the pan on top of the slaw.
  4. Heat through together covered until sausage is warmed again.
  5. Serve hot with a drizzle of dijon mustard!

Guiness Braised Sausage On Sweet & Spicy Warm Slaw

Easiest Hot Pepper Jam Recipe For Beginner Canning

pepper jam recipe

 Easiest Hot Pepper Jam Recipe For Beginner Canning

(this recipe can be modified to omit the heat, just skip the jalapenos)

Tis’ the season for canning!  Right about now your garden is probably giving you a harvest every day. If you don’t have a plan for cooking or preserving these veggies, they can add up fast! A great way to use them is canning!

Canning can be intimidating if you have never done it or are just beginning.  One thing to remember is that you have to follow every recipe and process exactly. No cutting corners, it is important to ensure food safety.

The good thing…. You won’t need to go out and spend $100 on new canning equipment. As long as you have a pot that is deep enough to cover the tops of your jars with water, you are good to go.  I recommend a Ball Canning Basket (pictured below) or a rack for inside your pot.  I use the basket, it is easy, just load it and drop in the water.  No tongs required to take it out.


TIP *    Make the canning process smoother by staying organized and clean!  Stay on track, put away anything you are finished with and clean up as you go.

What you need:  It may look like a lot, but it isn’t.

  • 2qt pot & a larger stock pot
  • mixing spoon
  • measuring cup/s
  • strainer
  • ladle
  • 4oz jam jars , lids, bands
  • bowl
  • knife
  • Anything else pictured here (yes this is my pile of clean dishes after I was done!)  :




  • 1 small green bell pepper
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 6 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 – 3oz. packet of Liquid Pectin
  • 1 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 4 cups white sugar


What to do:

Place all jars, lids and bands in a clean sink full of straight hot water. Let stand at least 5 mins. to sterilize. Place on a towel to air dry while you work.


Very finely chop the peppers. Bring the apple juice, vinegar and peppers to a boil, reduce to low and simmer for 10 mins.  Strain the juice from the mixture. Reserve the peppers if you wish to have them in the jam, if not then discard.


Rinse the sauce pan of any leftover peppers,  add the liquid mixture (2 cups worth) back into the sauce pan. Bring it to a boil while adding the sugar one cup at a time. Mix constantly.

Bring to a rolling boil. As soon as it is boiling, remove from heat, quickly stir in the pectin. Add back to the heat and boil for 1 minute.   Remove from heat. DO NOT OVER BOIL.  Jam will be “gummy”.


If you want the peppers ,  add them in now.  Then ladle into jars.  Leave about 1/4 inch of what is called “head space” (space between the top of the food product and the top of the jar).

Using a clean cloth, wipe the rims of the jars.  Add the lids and bands. Do not over tighten the bands, you want air bubbles to escape, hand tighten down just until snug.

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.  Process jars for 5mins.  Make sure the water completely covers the jars.

Remove and let sit for 24hrs.

Canning Hot Water Bath


1. You will hear a “pop” from the jars, this is normal.

2. After 24hrs,  any jar with a lid that flexes when you push down on the middle needs to be refrigerated and consumed within 2 weeks.  This means it did not properly seal.

3. I chose to purchase these 4 0z. jars,  they were ($9 for 12), you can also use 8 0z. jam jars.  This recipe made 9- 4oz. jars.

Serve with crackers, or spread over cream cheese on a bagel!

Hot Pepper Jelly



Garlic Parmesan Pull A Part Bread With Spinach Artichoke Dip



Garlic Parmesan Pull A Part Bread With Spinach Artichoke Dip

A creative way to make traditional artichoke dip, this recipe adds garlic Parmesan pull -a- part bread instead of baking it in a dish by itself.  It looks great, tastes great and well, is something different so why not?   The best part is how easy this is to make. A recipe doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious or sophisticated.   Some of my best dishes have been semi-homemade, contain few ingredients and take about 30 minutes start to finish.  

This recipe uses pizza dough instead of making a homemade bread and dealing with yeast. Pizza dough can be pretty versatile if treated the right way.  I use it for a lot of different things.  

Perfect for parties, pot lucks or even a light dinner! 

What you need: 

  • 1/2 can of Artichokes- chopped
  • 1  Cup of chopped spinach 
  • 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise 
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan cheese 
  • 1/4 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • Pinch of salt & pepper 
  • Olive Oil
  • One pizza dough ( frozen or make your own from those handy “just ad water” 50¢ packages Walmart sells)
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic – either fresh (minced) , powder or chopped (dried)  
  • Oven safe skillet or dish 

Garlic Parmesan Pull A Part Bread With Spinach Artichoke Dip

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 425°. In a small bowl combine the spinach, artichoke, mayonnaise, Parmesan, mozzarella, salt & pepper.  Set aside.


Separate your pizza dough into 3 even pieces. Roll each piece into a long “rope” just as your kiddo would with play doh.. rolling from the middle stretching outward until about 1 inch thick.  

Garlic Parmesan Pull A Part Bread With Spinach Artichoke Dip


Lay the pieces side by side, carefully pinch the ends together and literally braid the pieces. Do not press together, just lay them one over the other.  If you don’t know how to braid you can twist them! 



Grease an oven safe skillet or dish with Olive Oil.  Place the braid around the edge in a circle.  Fill with the spinach artichoke mixture.  Pile it right up.  The dip will cook down and the dough will rise.

Garlic Parmesan Pull A Part Bread With Spinach Artichoke Dip

Brush the dough with Olive Oil, sprinkle with sea salt and the garlic. Bake on 425°  for about 20 minutes or until bread is golden brown. 

Serve warm, pull apart the bread and scoop up the dip!  

Garlic Parmesan Pull A Part Bread With Spinach Artichoke Dip


Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart  Bread with Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Easy 15 Minute Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

Easy 15 Minute Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

Easy 15 Minute Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

This pizza will make you throw away your take out menu and get you in the kitchen for sure! It is so simple and so inexpensive that even Pizza Hut’s $10 any pizza won’t entice you anymore. Finally a homemade pizza that actually does compare to the restaurants.

What you need: 

  • 1 package of pizza dough mix (Walmart- 52¢!! why have I not tried this stuff way before now?)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 – 9-10 inch pie plate, cake pan or oven safe skillet
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Desired toppings
  • *Sauce tip-  so when I decided to make these, I realized I had literally no sauce. Not even pasta sauce. I was bumming. Until I saw a can of Italian style diced tomatoes.  OK! Open it up, dump it into the blender, add a little olive oil, pinch of salt & pepper, a little garlic powder (or fresh). Blend. Done.   Hubby said I need to make the sauce like that from now on.  It was FANTASTIC.

What to do: 

Preheat the oven to 425°

In a medium bowl, mix the hot water with the package of pizza dough mix. Work it until a soft dough ball.  Let sit and rest for about 5 mins.

Grease your desired pan or dish with butter then drizzle with olive oil (not necessary if you don’t have it, fine)

Easy 15 Minute Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

Press the dough into the dish. Bring it slightly up the sides.

Spread the sauce, cheese and toppings.  Bake for about 15-20mins.  or until golden brown edges appear.

*CHEESE TIP-  Sprinkle cheese heavier around the edges, when cheese melts on a pizza it gradually makes it’s way to the middle.  This way you won’t have edges with no cheese!

Easy 15 Minute Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

Want more pizza recipes? Check out this easy homemade pizza dough recipe and an easy homemade pizza sauce recipe!


Hearty Avocado & Turkey Salad With Greek Dressing

Hearty Avocado & Turkey Salad With Greek Dressing

Hearty Avocado & Turkey Salad With Greek Dressing

Salads are easy, anyone can make them.  But they can also be boring and leave you craving something more hearty.  Not this salad!  This avocado and turkey salad skips the lettuce and gives you a protein filled meal that will leave you feeling full and satisfied. 

What you need:

  • Your favorite glass or bowl
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 Cup turkey , diced (if you do not have fresh turkey head over to the deli and ask for a thick slice or your favorite kind)
  • small handful of fresh baby spinach
  • 1 Can of whole beets, drained and diced
  • A few green or red grapes, halved 

For the Greek dressing:

  • 1 Cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp each salt & pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp each dried basil & oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (optional)

What to do: 

With your ingredients diced into bite sized pieces, simply layer them into your dish, glass or bowl.  Starting with the beets.  Add any additional ingredients you desire. 

For the dressing-  whisk  all the ingredients into the yogurt. Pour desired amount over salad. 

For added flavor and flare- 

Try sauteing the turkey in a little olive oil to give it a nice, warm smokey flavor! 

Hearty Avocado & Turkey Salad with Greek Dressing Recipe

Easy Baked Vegetable Spring Rolls & Ginger Soy Dipping Sauce

Easy Baked Vegetable Spring Rolls & Ginger Soy Dipping Sauce

Easy Baked Vegetable Spring Rolls & Ginger Soy Dipping Sauce

 Spring rolls are my favorite Chinese food menu item. Since I have vowed to skip the take out menu and cook at home more I had to find a way to still enjoy these crunchy little bundles of heaven.  I also wanted to try to create a healthier version. I don’t care to fry food in the house (for some reason I can not handle the smell) so I generally bake instead. Cooking on a higher temperature and drizzling with oil will help achieve the crunch of frying. 

What you need: 

  • 1 cup finely shredded cabbage, carrot and green onion
  • 1 red pepper thinly sliced (I left this out)
  • 4 mushrooms sliced thin (optional)
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • A pinch of salt & pepper
  • 8 spring roll wrappers
  • cooking oil (I used vegetable, use what you wish)

What to do: 

Preheat the oven to 425º

Combine the vegetables in a bowl with the salt & pepper

Place a spring roll wrappers on a flat surface with the corner (pointed edge) towards you. 

Put about 1/8 of the filling in the bottom third of the wrapper, bring the pointed edge over the filling, fold in the sides tightly. Dab the top pointed edge with water and roll tightly. 

Bake on 425º for about 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy 

Cut in half and serve with sauce. 

For the dipping sauce: 

My favorite recipe for the ginger soy dipping sauce 

Baked Vegetable Spring Rolls with Ginger Soy Dipping Sauce

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