Crouton’s Shrimp & Chicken Italian Sausage w/Cheese Polenta & Sriracha Sauce

Let me just say, right off the bat, that this was an experiment based on a popular Southern dish, shrimp & cheese grits. Next time I’ll add a green vegetable on the side for color, and perhaps substitute chicken breast meat for the chicken Italian sausage, because the strong fennel taste of […]


Grilled Polenta, Italian Sausage, & Peppers

Yeah, I know, I’ve posted about these things before, here and here. But I felt like photoblogging last night’s dinner and, this time around, presenting it in recipe format. My method is to put the peppers on the grill first, since they take the longest to cook (about 15 minutes), then the sausage (about 5 […]


Leftover Polenta

We invited friends over for dinner last night, so I spent the afternoon preparing Italian meat sauce and polenta. Ditalini made a salad and one of our guests brought a chocolate cake for desert. It ws a great evening, and it would have been even better if the wind off the mountain hadn’t […]


Italian Family Barbecue

We were having company Sunday. I wanted to barbecue, but Ditalini wanted Italian food. So we compromised by having an Italian barbecue. Here’s the menu:

Grilled Artichokes

We prepped the artichokes a couple of hours before the party by cutting the spiny tips off the leaves, then boiling them until tender. After taking […]