Eats of the Day :: Manhattan Sausage

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I’ve done an Eats of the Week post every Sunday since I started this blog. Well, silly me, I already shared most of my eats in separate posts this week. Today I don’t have a collection of photos from the week, but I couldn’t break the streak, so I’m cheating a little. These are my eats of the day instead. (Pretend I remembered to take a picture of my Dunkin Donuts bagel this morning.)

We spent today in Manhattan, KS eating and spending some time with family. We always go to a place called Hibachi Hut when we’re in town. It’s a place that my parents ate at when they went to school here and we’ve all grown to love. I feel like my posts lately have gradually been revealing 1) my love for sausage and 2) my state jumping history. I lived in the south as a toddler (LA, GA) and have held on to my Cajun eating habits ever since. It’s always a treat to eat red beans and rice with homemade sausage when we visit. For dinner we went to Famous Dave’s. I had never been to one. Everyone was telling me that the one in Manhattan is much better than the one closer to our home. Once again, I had sausage. I didn’t even think twice about it, but I would justify it by saying that one was Cajun and one was BBQ. Totally acceptable, right? The side of jalapeno Mac & Cheese was awesome! I am super stuffed now and debating making a trip to the hotel fitness center…

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[EOTD] Eats of Thanksgiving Day

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Our meal was great and we had a lot of fun experimenting this year. I had the geniusĀ idea to stuff the turkey with sausage, apples and onions. I love anything with sausage, so I’ll try to add it to whatever I can. Of course, I was all for the idea, but wanted to make sure everyone else was down for something that could possibly end in disaster. This was my first turkey, which made it even more risky. Eventually, we all got pretty excited to see how it would turn out and thankfully it was a success!

I brined and grilled the turkey even though I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to stuff grilled turkey, but it added to the fun! Plus, we didn’t need to worry about the sausage getting cooked through, so it wasn’t really a problem. The sausage was super moist and added a little spicy kick to the meal, which we all loved. I’m thankful that I didn’t ruin our turkey and even more thankful that we all got to have fun cooking and eating together!

:: Ready for the grill…finger crossed ::

:: I made way too much of my favorite potato and carrot gratin ::

:: lucky for us, my mom looooves making pies ::

:: Getting ready to eat! My sister’s yummy corn bake ::

:: Thanksgiving classics. Including my brother’s expertly rolled crescents ::

:: Someone’s tired of waiting ::

:: The big reveal! ::

:: OMG SAUSAGE! ::

:: Time to eat. Happy Thanksgiving! ::