What's that quote, "the best laid plans of mice and men" . . . something, something?While I lay in bed meditating and considering the order in which I was going accomplish the many things that needed my attention today, it never occurred to me, my plans were going to be thrown by the wayside!
There would be no time for breakfast, no time to admire the beautiful blooms on my flowering bushes. Oh, no! I would discover shriveled leaves, tender new leaves with no chlorophyll, black thingies, cobwebs, and white eggs on the underside of leaf ribs! I began pinching out the tips my beautiful Yellow Bell. As I worked, I soon discovered extensive damage and opted for my kitchen scissors and a bucket for the refuse. All the tender new growth had to be cut back, every leaf had to be examined and plucked off if the underside contained a row of white eggs. While I was working on the first bush, I asked Will to examine my other 2 Yellow Bells. They too were infested, and so was my Orange Jubilee!
With 3 more 5-foot plus flowering bushes to conquer, I pulled out "the big guns", my electric hedge trimmers, step ladder and leather gloves! Apologizing to our busy "Little Pollinators" and the beautiful flowering bushes, as I trimmed off all their beautiful blooms and tender growth, explaining that they would be better off without the new growth and blooms, for now, because they would surely die, if I didn't take these drastic measures. Promising this was for their good and not harm. (There's a parable in there.)
I was famished when I finally got back inside! And so, I created this dish! I know you're gonna love it! It's a combination of ground sirloin and sweet Italian sausage, petite diced tomatoes, mushrooms (crimini and white) onions, garlic, a pinch of red pepper flakes, Italian herbs, a splash of Marsala wine, all atop a bed of perfectly cooked linguine! Yum! Yum!
This is one hardy, meatlover's pasta dish!
BEEF and SAUSAGE LINGUINE ~ a la Over at Julie's
1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 cup diced onion
1 teaspoon salt
15 grinds of fresh pepper
3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 pinch of red pepper flakes
3 large crimini (baby Bella) mushrooms, sliced
3 large white mushrooms, sliced
2 14-ounce cans of petite diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano, or 2 teaspoons fresh oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons dried sweet basil, or 1 tablespoon fresh sweet basil, chopped
1 tablespoon dried Italian parsley, or 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1/2 cup of Marsala wine or dry Sherry
1/2 cup water
Grated Pecorino Romano, or Parmesan
- To a large skillet on medium heat add ground sirloin, sausage and onions, salt and pepper; cook until browned, stirring, often.
- Drain grease.
- Add garlic and pepper flakes, cook for 1 minute.
- Add tomatoes, tomato paste, mushrooms, oregano, basil and parsley; lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add more salt and pepper, to taste.
- Meanwhile, cook linguine according to package directions, add 1 teaspoon salt to boiling water.
- Serve beef, sausage and tomato sauce over a hot bed of linguine.
- Top with grated cheese.
How was your day? xxx