Thursday, May 17, 2012

Homemade Brats and my new Vent a Hood

See that line of smoke?
That is everything that I used to fill the house with
when I cooked, going straight up and out
so my neighbors can now see and smell my dinner

First time ever in my 47 years of life that I have had
a vented hood in my home kitchen

Needless to say I am very excited

Renee and I have talked about putting one in for years, but
we have a very small kitchen and I couldn't get past 
the idea of that big silver thing jutting out

But, hey! I'm married to a contractor!
We ended up buying the insert and Renee built the
box around it to look a little like the cabinetry,
which then in turn meant that I finally convinced her
to paint the upper cupboards - long story

Anyway, to celebrate I decided to make homemade bratwurst sausages

Bratwurst, when I lived in Cincinnati,  ruled.
They are the white sausages, with green flecks
I don't know what makes them white, but that is
why I make my own

Penzeys Spices sells a Bratwurst Blend spice mix
that is pretty authentic tasting
It makes it really simple to throw these together

Homemade Brats

1 pound of ground pork 
(you can grind it again with your own grinder for a smoother texture if you are so inclined)
1 T Penzeys Spices Bratwurst Sausage Seasoning
2 T minced onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 T finely chopped fresh parsley
(Last night I had some chopped winter savory leftover from Saturday that I threw in too - nice addition)

Mix well, but not too much
I form them into patties, or you can put them into casing for links
Pan fry them, grill them, bake them, whatever you desire,
just enjoy them!

Have a great day


  1. Hey, that looks great! My mom did something similar (wood paneling) to the fridge in her kitchen. SUCH a good idea!

  2. I love the upper cabinets painted! looks awesome and I have vent hood envy :)

    can't wait for us to all be together again!