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This Autumn meal was a big hit last weekend. I cooked apple chicken sausages (from Costco) in a caramelized onion sauce with lots of mustard. It would be very good over mashed potatoes, but I made an oven baked risotto. Which is not as yummy as real risotto. But the real thing is a bit too rich for this dish. Think of this recipe as an easy and delish rice dish.

To keep in the apple theme I made an apple slaw. I made it with a vinaigrette instead of a mayo dressing because the sausage dish is rich and a  vinaigrette would balance the meal.

Dessert is fun and veryyy easy. A quick caramel sauce is just melting caramels with heavy cream. You could use anything for toppings, but we love toasted pecans and chocolate !!

There is a wonderful fall bounty at Gumbo Lily

A lovely post about the importance and beauty of journaling at Junie Moon


Apple Sausages with Caramelized Onions

1 large (or two medium) onion, thinly sliced

1 TBL. olive oil

2 TBL. butter

1 TBL. Balsamic vinegar

3 TBL. Dijon mustard

1 tps. of maple syrup

8 apple chicken sausages

salt and pepper to taste

In a sauce pan over medium-low heat saute onion in butter and olive oil till very soft and caramelized. About 1/2 hour. Add balsamic vinegar and sausages and turn heat up to medium. Cover and cook till sausage are cooked. Pull sausages out and set aside. Add mustard, syrup, salt and pepper. Taste sauce and adjust to your liking. Should be very mustard with a slight sweet taste. Also if it does not seem saucey enough you can add a little water. Serve sauce over sausages.

Baked Sage Risotto

Apple Slaw

1/2 head of cabbage, finely shredded
1 apple, grated
1 large carrot, grated
1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

2 green onions, finely sliced

Quarter the cabbage, remove and discard the central white core. Shred the cabbage by cutting very thin slices along the length of each quarter. You can use the shredding disk of the food processor for this. Place shredded cabbage, carrots, apple, green onion in a large bowl and toss. In a small jar combine maple syrup, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Shake vigorously, pour over veggies and toss.

Apples with Caramel Dip

Put in a sauce pan 20 unwrapped caramels and 1/8 cup of heavy cream.

Set sauce pan over medium heat and stir till caramels are melted.

Serve warm with apple slices and a bowl of chopped toasted nuts and a bowl of chopped chocolate or mini chocolate chips. Dip apple slice in caramel and then in nuts and chocolate.



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I'm still waiting on the four season cook book I hope your planning to do soon!

Jill 00


All of this sounds wonderful Clarice. Perfect for this time of year!
I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend.


Caramelized onions --- YUM!

I love all the vibrant and rich colors you are using. The orange is beautiful! You are getting me in the autumn mood --- finally. :)



Clarice, one of these autumns, I'm coming to your house during your apple celebration! The thought of those sausages in caramelized onions are making me drool! And who can resist caramel apple slices???
Not me!


Heh, this yellow blog color looks familiar. :-)

I love those chicken sausages from Costco, and I am so not a sausage eater. And caramel apples? Well, I think I eat my weight in them every fall!


Clarice, thanks for the recipe. I love the apple chicken sausages. Sadly our apple crop was ruined by the early spring freeze, but I'm glad so many of our friends have a good apple crop this year. We're having an abundant rice crop though and may finish today! Enjoying your fall related posts, Your friend, Abby


Omigosh--we're having your whole menu for dinner tonight! Better yet, I'll just drive my family to your house for your leftovers ; )

You are such an unbelievably *amazing* cook!!!!!!

Junie Moon

I love that picture you posted--it's so amazing! Oh, the recipes are so yummy! Thank you for sharing them. I'm going over to see Gumbo Lily's Autumn Bliss now. Have a wonderful Saturday!

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