Comfort Foods


Normally winter seems to be the time comfort foods come to mind.  For me, any time of the year is the time for comfort foods!

Unfortunately, starches seem to fit right in there with the “Best of the Best”. 

  • Pastas – Oh my gosh!  PASTA!  I ♥ pasta!
  • Breads
  • Tortillas
  • Potatoes
  • Rice

How is it that foods as good as these are on the “No-No” list?

I just don’t understand!

This is one of those comfort foods for this household.

It has a frilly-fancy name too!

Potatoes and Sausage


  • Potatoes – as many as you want
  • Sausage links – kielbasa, hot links, Italian sausage links, brautwurst, andouille, etc.
  • Onion, chopped in large chunks
  • Bell Pepper – usually green and chop about the same size as the onions
  • Garlic – sometimes a little
  • Salt & Pepper to taste, after cooking

Slice the potato in half long-wise.  Lay the potato on the flat side and slice 1/4″-1/2″ thick slices.

Slice sausages in about 1/2″-3/4″  rounds.

Drizzle a little olive oil in the bottom of a skillet.  You don’t need much because the meat will have some fats included.

Heat the oil, dump everything in the skillet.   Cook between medium and medium high for a few minutes.  Stir a few times to distribute the oil.  Lower the heat to just above simmer.  Put a lid on the skillet and sweat the potatoes, meat and vegetables.  Stir occasionally, scraping the bottom of the skillet each time.

There is something about over-cooking this, letting the little brown crusties form on the bottom of the potatoes.  It almost caramelizes the mixture.

If you’re going to have a house full of kids, use your large electric skillet for this.  Seems to work better than a frying pan.

Kids like it with Tabasco Sauce or catsup.

Shhhhh!  I’m a kid…don’t tell anyone.


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