cooking inspired by through the looking glass

"I've been considering things that begin with the letter 'M,'" Hatter casually mentioned as he poured himself another cup of tea.
Mallymkun giggled. "I do, Hatter," she said, jumping from the arm of a chair to the table.
"'I' doesn't begin with 'M,' silly!" Hatter corrected playfully.
"Of course it doesn't," the dormouse agreed.

Somehow I was thinking of this as i was cooking dinner. "Ha!" i said.  "Im sauteing things that begin with the letter S" And here that is.  A nice spring saute with sage, sausage, squash, and spinach.  Super easy.  

Spring Literary Saute

  • 2 pieces of Chicken Sausage with Sage sliced up real thin
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 squash cut into mini pieces
  • 1 bag of spinach
  • 1 red onion sliced into half moons
  • 1 cup of almonds crushed up in your mini blender or mashed up or slivered
  • 1/4 cup of stock,  any kind will do. 
  • handful of cranberries dried or otherwise
  • bag of spinach
  • tbsp of fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper
Start with your almonds.  Put them in a dry pan for a couple of minutes just until they toast,  once you smell them remove them from the pan but keep the heat going.  Next you basically find everything that starts with S in your kitchen and throw it in a pan.  I opted for some chicken sausage links with garlic and sage that I sliced into little thin slices.  Ground sausage with some fresh sage or any other kind of protein for you vegans out there will also work deliciously.  So throw your sausage in the pan and let it brown.  Then you can start working on your squash.  Cut it into very small cubes and add to the sausage,  next cut up your onion and add that.  By this time you should add the butter and garlic and stir up all the brown goodness from the sausage on the bottom of the pan.  
Keep the heat a little low,  you dont want to burn your aromatics.  Once everything looks settled, add the salt and pepper and the stock and the parsley,  let it simmer for about 10 minutes or until the squash is nice and tender.  

Once its ready take it off the heat and gently pour it over your spinach.  You want it to mix but you want to be very gentle with your spinach,  as you mix add the cranberries and almonds.  Its amazing folks.  So light, so sweet,  it can be a main course or a side dish and its ready in minutes.  Enjoy. Avoid the Jabberwok.