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Bruschetta Pasta with Grilled Sausage and Zucchini

Bruschetta Pasta with Grilled Sausage and Zucchini
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Bruschetta Pasta with Grilled Sausage and Zucchini
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  1. Combine the Zucchini, Onion, Italian Seasoning, and Olive Oil in a bowl. Toss to mix and set it aside.
  2. Heat a large pot of water to boiling and season generously with salt. Add the pasta and cook to your favorite level of "al dente" Reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water and drain the pasta.
  3. While the pasta cooks, heat your grill to medium high. Place the sausage on the top rack. Heat a grill basket and add the zucchini onion mixture. Grill until the sausage is browned and the zucchini is lightly charred.
  4. Slice the sausage into 1/2 inch thick coins.
  5. Combine the drained pasta, sausage, zucchini and the reserved pasta water in a large skillet over medium heat. Toss to mix everything together. Add the mozzarella and basil and toss once more to combine.
  6. Transfer to a large bowl and serve.
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Cannellini Carpese Salad

Cannellini Carpese Salad
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Cannellini Carpese Salad
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  1. Combine the beans, tomatoes, mozzarella, and onion in a medium bowl.
  2. Put the olive oil, balsamic, garlic, and rosemary in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Cover and shake until completely blended. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking.
  3. Pour the dressing over the vegetable mixture and toss gently to coat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and as much as several hours.
  4. Just before your are ready to serve, tear the basil gently and add it to the salad. Toss everything once more. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Serve.
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Smothered Pork Chops

Smothered Pork Chops
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Smothered Pork Chops
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  1. Heat a small cast iron skillet over high heat. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning on both sides of the pork chops. Spray the skillet with the cooking spray. Add the pork chops and sear 3 minutes on each side. Remove the chops from the pan and set aside.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and add the olive oil to the skillet. Add the onions, leeks, and garlic to the skillet and cook undisturbed for 5 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and continue to cook slowly for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until they are golden brown.
  3. Add the flour to the skillet. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Slowly add the broth and milk stirring to keep everything smooth. Add the thyme sprigs and continue to cook until the gravy begins to thicken, 5 minutes or so.
  4. Return the chops to the pan and turn several times to coat them with the gravy. Top with a generous dose of cracked black pepper. Place the skillet in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake 20 - 30 minutes until the are cooked. Remove the thyme stems. Allow to cool slightly before plating.
Spinach Polenta
  1. Saute 2 cups of chopped spinach in a little olive oil with a clove or two of minced garlic. Set Aside
  2. Cook 1/2 cup polenta according to the package directions using equal parts of milk and chicken broth. When the polenta is the consistency you like, add the spinach mixture, 1 small pat of butter, and a small handful of Romano cheese. Serve.
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Artichoke and Tomato Salad

Artichoke and Tomato Salad
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Artichoke and Tomato Salad
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  1. Combine the artichokes, tomatoes, and onion in a bowl. Toss gently to mix.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Close tightly and shake until all of the ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  3. Pour the dressing over the vegetable and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (more is better).
  4. Serve with your favorite grilled meat, fish, or poultry.
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