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A Glorious Fall

 

A Picture Essay

Part 1

 

After last year’s sorry fall colors this year’s colors were a glorious surprise. I thought after the horrific freezing cold we had last winter that Jack Frost had huffed and puffed all the color in the leaves to the Arctic Circle never to be seen again. Au contraire!

I have never been more happy to be wrong. to be wrong.

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Not all trees had vivid, bright, bold colored leaves. This year I saw more muted colors. Many trees looked like Monet impressionists paintings. Many reds were softer than usual this year, having an exquisite pale pink look to them.

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And of course there were the usual sights of various flora that no matter how beautiful reminded me that winter is coming all too soon.

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And last but not least there was the usual fall scenes that remind me over and over that all too soon the ground will be covered in white while visions of colorful spring and summer garden flowers dance in my head.

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The End Part 1

Be sure to come back next Thursday, October 23 to see Part 2.

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Featured Recipe         Individual  Sausage Pizza Toasts

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These pizzas are very versatile. First you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, after school, or even a midnight snack.

Second, the recipe easily lends itself to multiple changes to suit your tastes. You can switch out what kind of sausage or cheese you use. You can use crispy bacon slices instead of sausage. Prosciutto would be heavenly! Try using jalapeño slices in place of the onions. Use sesame oil in place of the olive oil for an entirely different flavor.

You can use any thick bread. I used English Toasting Bread today. But Italian bread would be good or a French Baguette. You could use bagels or English Muffins too.

Don’t top the pizzas with an egg if you are so inclined.

I love options, don’t you?

This recipe is also perfect for single cooks and busy moms and dads because it is super easy to make.

And of course you can double this recipe.

Here is what you will need for 3 people:

4 ounces Sweet Italian sausage

3 eggs

3 slices thick bread

6 green onions

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

6 tablespoons shredded Swiss cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

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This is what you do:

Preheat oven to 450F.

Sauté the sausage breaking it up into small pieces until no pink is visible breaking the sausage into small pieces as you cook.

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NOTE: I cooked all 8 ounces of this package so that I can make spaghetti sauce later in the week.

Wash and thinly slice the green onions and place in a bowl.

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Add the olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper in a bowl and gently mix.

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In another bowl reserve about 1 tablespoon of the olive oil – green onion mixture to top the finished pizza.

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Lightly toast the bread and then place the bread on a flat surface.

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Spoon  the olive oil – green onion mix over the toasted bread slices.

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Divide the cooked sausage between the 3 slices of bread.

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Sprinkle the cheese on top.

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Place the pizzas on a baking sheet and bake the pizzas until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes.

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While the pizzas are in the oven cook the eggs in to desired doneness. If desired add salt and pepper.

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When the cheese has melted remove the pizzas from the oven.

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Place an egg atop each slice of bread. Drizzle a bit of the reserved green onion/olive oil mixture over the top of the egg.

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Serve hot. Wait for the cheers and applause.

Bon appétit!!!
Cost

4 ounces Sweet Italian sausage      $1.75

3 eggs                                          $0.66

3 slices thick bread                        $1.08

6 green onions                              $0.42

4 tablespoons olive oil                    $1.80

6 Tbspns shred Swiss cheese       $0.88

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $6.59
Cost per pizza = $2.20

Quote of the Day

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came,
The Ashes, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And every thing was grand;
Miss Weather led the dancing;
Professor Wind, the band….
The sight was like a rainbow
New-fallen from the sky….

George Cooper, “October’s Party”

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