An artist receives inspiration from everything around her extracting form, perspective, and scale in abstract and exciting ways. The artist then works to reinvent those familiar combinations by coming up with new and original expressions.
Creating a meal is not unlike the above description. Except my process usually begins standing in front of my open fridge gnawing on a piece of aged cheese. (For inspiration, of course.) while contemplating how I will mix flavors and textures into my latest bling masterpiece. Most of the time I don't have a grand example to mimic. In fact my entire cooking portfolio is dominated the kind of inspiration based solely on what's left in the cupboard and veggie drawer.
Not always easy but ALWAYS FUN. In this case I have taken three familiar comfort food combinations and added some new twists.
Now, nearly every cook has a personal recipe for stuffed peppers, dumplings, or pork stir fry, so when something more elegant is just too elusive they have familiar flavors to fall back on. Those mainstays are the core of today's post.
1. Take my first featured recipe, a vegetable sausage casserole topped with a creamy mushroom sauce and cheddar biscuit dumplings. Looks like something straight out of "Betty Crocker's most loved recipes" list. I wish she was around to try my version. She just might add it to her repertoire.
Red peppers add sweetness and zing, carrots give it body, and a very spicy organic local sausage causes the cheesy goodness in those biscuits to give you goose bumps! The recipe is down below the photos... if you can keep the slobber off your chin and keyboard long enough to download it.
RECIPE: Spicy Sausage, Carrot and Red Pepper Casserole
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Meet the Cook...
My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style centers around a love for combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.