Sunday Night Dinner: Red Peppers

It’s a freezing, rainy Monday morning and as I’m writing this, I’m sitting at home eating a warm homemade bagel with cream cheese and jam.  Perfect start to the week 🙂

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After 2 and a half weeks city-hopping in the US, I’m finally back in France and settling back in in Nice.  I traveled 13,042 miles (roughly) and satisfied my cravings for sushi, Indian food, bagels, Starbucks coffee, Chipotle, sticky buns, French fries, pancakes, Krispy Kremes, and (really good) grilled cheese.  So what better way to get settled in here than to make another Sunday Night Dinner? 🙂

Truth be told, I wasn’t exactly prepared to be making SND this week, but I had a red pepper from the market in my fridge and all the necessary ingredients for stuffed pepper (which I’ve been wanting to try with red instead of green peppers anyways).

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Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min

(Note: I only made 1 large pepper, but the following recipe is for 4 peppers)

Ingredients:
4 peppers (any color—I really liked the red variety in this one)
½ lb sausage
1 large onion, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 zucchini (mushrooms would also be good), cubed
2 cups cooked rice
1 cup tomato sauce
½ cup shredded cheese (I used Emmental, but parmesan or mozzarella would be really good too)

Instructions:

1. Wash the peppers, slice the tops off, and remove the seeds.

2. Brown the sausage in a skillet. Break up the bits of sausage as best as possible with a spatula, so you have small pieces.

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3. Remove the sausage from the skillet (I also removed most of the grease/oil).  Add the garlic, onions, and zucchini to the skillet and sauté for 3-4 minutes.

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4. Add the sausage and cooked rice and sauté for a few more minutes.

5. Add half of the tomato sauce and half of the cheese.

6. Spoon the sausage and rice mixture into the peppers, filling them completely.

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7. Place the peppers in a lightly greased baking dish.  Spoon the remaining tomato sauce over the peppers and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

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8. Bake in a 425F (220C) oven for 30-40 minutes.


I think this is my favorite stuffed pepper recipe.  Besides being simple and quick, I like the spice of the sausage and the rice to break up the filling a little bit.  Plus, the red pepper was perfect!  I served it with a salad and a glass of wine 🙂

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French word of the day:
glisser (glee-SAY)- to slip
J’ai glissĂ© sur la glace et me suis fait mal.
I slipped on the ice and hurt myself.

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Home, Sweet Home

Because I found an apartment, y’all! 🙂

It’s a GREAT place. It’s big, with a living room (with a pull-out couch), a separate kitchen, and a full bathroom. It’s fully furnished and it even has a TV, so maybe I’ll be able to accomplish my goal of getting hooked on a French TV show. I was flipping through channels today and it was mostly news and a few channels playing dubbed versions of American TV shows– I Dream of Jeannie, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and the Simpsons hahah.

Here are some pictures:

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The living room/bedroom, with a bed that folds back into a sofa, plus the wardrobe/entertainment center and TV

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Bathroom with WASHING MACHINE 🙂

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Kitchen

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Rest of the kitchen

I don’t have a balcony or much of a view, but I’m at the top of a hill so I imagine there’s probably a few nice views of the city somewhere.

I like it a lot so far, but it doesn’t quite feel like mine yet. I was a little bummed out yesterday because I had become familiar with the area where I was living– I knew where the grocery store was, I was discovering my favorite boulangeries, I remembered how to get to the bus stop, and I liked being by the sea.  All the little things.  I moved all the way across the city, where nothing is familiar now and I have to discover everything AGAIN.  Hopefully it’ll be easier this time though. I went grocery shopping, and having things in the kitchen makes it feel a little bit more like home.

If you want my address, FB message me or send me an email and I’d be happy to share 🙂

Au revoir!

Our French word for today is:
cafard (ka-FAR)- cockroach
Bien que j’aie redoutĂ© le dĂ©mĂ©nagement, j’ai vu plusieurs cafards dans le studio, donc j’ai dĂ©cidĂ© que je dois partir!
Even though I was nervous to move again, I had seen several cockroaches in the studio so I decided I had to leave!