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England vs. USA Part 2: Homemade Sausage Rolls

It doesn’t get much better than flaky, buttery puff pastry wrapped around lightly spiced sausage with sage and onion. So easy and fast to make at home!

Homemade Sausage Rolls - Flaky, buttery puff pastry wrapped around lightly spiced sausage with sage and onion. So simple to make at home. | http://jenniferfeasts.com

May I please introduce you to sausage rolls, the English part of my England vs. USA match day snack-off (see the American part here). These will make people love you. Seriously. Especially if they walk into your house while they’re in the oven. Sausage rolls definitely hold a high position in my mental list of “Reasons to Live in England, Despite the Non-Existent Summer.” Please remind me to share the rest of that list with you another day because it’s actually very amusing.

Sorry, I’m feeling a bit under the weather today (no pun intended). I woke up this morning to very cool temperatures and drizzle. I’m not kidding about the cool temperatures. The high today is 13 degrees Celsius, or in my language, a very chilly 56 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m torturing myself imagining hot breezes, warm evenings, maxi dresses, flip flops and long days spent at the pool.  Okay, fine. I may be exaggerating a little. It gets warm here. It’s just that Yorkshire high summer warm is more like early April Virginia warm. You’d think I’d be over it after 7 years.

I’ve resolved to keep my chin up. There’s still plenty to celebrate because the USA made it through the group stage last night!!! There’s still a reason to watch the World Cup, which means I’ve got an excuse to win people over with my Buffalo Chicken Dip and these super delicious homemade sausage rolls.

There’s nothing more to this recipe than sprucing up some store bought sausage, wrapping it in pre-made, pre-rolled puff pastry and baking it in the oven. Trust me, this homemade version is so much better than the ones you buy at the supermarket. It’s worth taking the extra ten minutes when the result is light, flaky pastry and juicy sausage bursting with sage and onion. Questionable meat and cardboard pastry? I don’t think so. Not in my house!

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Pasta Primavera with Grilled Sausage

Pasta Primavera - this is my kind of food. Simple yet full of flavor and impact. Sweet roasted vegetables, spicy sausage and salty, aged Parmesan | http://jenniferfeasts.com

This  Pasta Primavera evokes so many memories. It’s one of the first recipes I wanted to post here because it’s been a staple in my recipe collection for years. I’ve thought a lot about the evolution of this dish and how each stage reflects a different season in my life. I thought about who I cooked it for and where I cooked it.

I was really surprised at how emotional I became during this little trip down memory lane. Food is so nostalgic for me.  My sister loves fashion and she can describe the outfit someone wore at any given occasion any number of years ago. She may be able to tell us how we were was dressed, but I can tell her what we ate! My memory is very much dictated by food, that’s for sure.

There are many different variations of Pasta Primavera, or “Spring Pasta,” none of them complicated by any means. This is exactly the kind of food I like to cook – simplicity at its best, yet full of impact when it arrives at the table. You can smell the barbeque smokiness of the sausages and the saltiness of the cheese. The pasta provides a perfect background to showcase the reds, oranges, yellows and purples of the roasted vegetables. There’s an eye pleasing pop of green from the spring peas and fresh herbs. It tastes better than it looks, which for me, is the cornerstone of a great plate of food.

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