Stuffed Peppers

Sep 22nd

Happy first day of Fall! Oh how I love the farmers market here in Michigan! I bought these beautiful multi colored peppers from Visser Farms a couple of weeks ago, and decided to stuff them with homemade Italian sausage from our local, friendly, female butcher here in Macatawa. I added some garlic, onion, bacon, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and shredded cheddar. To make them really healthy, I added some brown rice! Ha ha! These are honestly the best peppers I’ve ever had. I asked the produce vendor the flavor of the white and purple peppers since I’ve never had them before. She said they would be really mild and sweet, and boy was she right. I was never fond of stuffed peppers made the traditional way. Now I have even converted Pete, the vegetable hater, to like these babies. If you can’t find multi colored peppers you can just use whatever is available at your local market. If you’re not lucky enough to have homemade sausage you can use any Italian sausage. I truly am going to miss this amazing farmers market when we return to Arizona, but I’m on a mission to find a great farmers market back there. It is Sunday here in Macatawa and a cool 57 degrees. Fall is my favorite time of year and I’m looking forward to creating some warm comforting meals, before we head back to 100 degree weather. I bought a used Kayak a couple of weeks ago, and it is now my new love! I went out this morning on lake Michigan and it was a clear flat day, perfect for kayaking. I stopped along the rocks by the Big Red Lighthouse and saw numerous little minks running around. They are so much fun to watch, dodging in and out of the pilings. There is something so peaceful about being on the lake all alone and enjoying the solitude. I love hearing the lapping of the waves against the boat and the seagulls crowing up above. Pete stayed by our cottage and fished all morning, and guess what? I still have all the ingredients for Walleye Piccata! Maybe tomorrow! I love to hear from all of you, so if you have time leave me a comment and let me know how you find your solitude. Thanks for reading, as always, love, Stacey

Stuffed Peppers:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

5 peppers cleaned and cored. Save the tops.

1 onion chopped

3 garlic cloves chopped

1 lb Italian sausage

8 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled, saving 3 Tbs of bacon grease.

2 cups cooked brown rice

2 eggs beaten

3/4 cup shredded Parmesan

1 cup of shredded cheddar

1 1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 Tbs butter

Saute butter and bacon grease together. Add chopped onion and garlic. Saute until soft about 4 minutes. Add Italian sausage and crumble and cook until browned and cooked through. Add cooked brown rice. Add salt and pepper, and if you like more to taste. Add the beaten eggs. Add cooked chopped bacon. Add Parmesan cheese and mix altogether. In a large oblong casserole dish, spray a little Pam to keep Peppers from sticking.  Spoon Italian sausage mixture into peppers and top with the cheddar cheese. Put tops back on peppers and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes, just until heated through. Enjoy! Happy First Day of Fall!

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