Newsletter 2 – Classic Sausage and Peppers

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Tessa’s Kitchen Tales Newsletter 2 features Classic Sausage and Peppers. Cooked on the stove and brought to the BBQ and it will put hot dogs to shame.

The Fourth of July

Italian Sausage and Peppers is a tradional meal that can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner. It is a great addition to any BBQ or summer holiday meal. We made it past the Fourth of July holiday. Many of you celebrated with a barbecue or was at least invited to one—social distancing, of course! 

Under normal circumstances kids and adults look forward to the summer season. We love to celebrate Fourth of July with fireworks and a barbecue. In 2020, we practice social distancing and you ar lucky to be invited to any barbecues. Usually, the summer is a time for outdoor fun, whether it’s a backyard cookout, a trip to the beach, a vacation, or visits to a couple of street festivals like the Italian feasts with their loads of games, rides, and delicious foods to eat. All we can do is make the best out of this summer with our close family and friends. This Classic Sausage and Peppers Italian recipe is a traditional meal that brings us together to create good memories even in difficult times.

sausage and peppers
Sausage and Peppers

Food and Memories

Food and memories go together. We create wonderful memories while breaking bread with our family and friends. A fond memory of summer that I have, is that of my father firing up the charcoal grill for the usual hamburgers, hot dogs and homemade salads prepared by my mother and grandmother. One salad that grandma made was her delicious Tuna Salad. I am sure these are staples at your barbecues as well.  Did I mention that there was more food to come?  Italians always include specialty foods to any event they host.   

Gotta Have the Pasta

I recall hearing a funny story about my great-grandparents and a Sunday family trip to Sherwood Island for a Fourth of July barbecue.  They used to put a large pot of water on the grill to boil the pasta!  My great-grandparents, on my father’s side, had to have their pasta on a Sunday.  A tradition they wouldn’t give up from back in the old country—Sicily.  My family didn’t care where they were. They had to have pasta and sauce for their mid-afternoon Sunday meal.

Family BBQs 

My grandparents and parents weren’t so rigid about what they ate at a Sunday barbecue or picnic.  They kept with the usual barbecue foods but added a touch of Italian cuisine to the menu.  Italian Sausage and Peppers, which is a family favorite, was always on our menu.  They would make it in the kitchen and bring it out to the backyard. When my grandparents passed away, my father took over the role of making the traditional Italian Sausage and Peppers. Family barbecues were a big deal to him.  My father would plan the menu weeks in advance. Sausage and Peppers was first on the list followed by eggplant parmigiana, shrimp cocktail, raw clams on the half shell, and on and on.  And yes, there were hamburgers and hot dogs, too. 

My Father’s Recipe

Many of you may have made this dish yourselves or have tried it at Italian street feasts like San Gennaro in Manhattan, but there is nothing like home cooked Sausage and Peppers.   Try making my father’s version of this recipe for one of your gatherings this summer.  I am sure you’ll make this recipe more than once.  Enjoy this meal on a seeded roll or with a side salad… or both! Don’t forget also try out Grandma’s Tuna Salad and Italian Peppers and Eggs!

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