The past year has been kind of nuts. One year ago Chad and I were married, we went on a honeymoon to Africa, attended EIGHT (of nine) weddings, we found a new apt and moved, all while trying to figure out what our new married-normal would be. On top of that Chad and I both underwent stressful job searches and both recently started new jobs. Also, since there’s no rest for the weary, we decided to buy an apartment. SO, today I’m going to take a pause (the week after wedding #8) to write this post in celebration of the big news that we are first time homeowners! Now I know your wondering why Sausage and Pepper Bites are relevant to my new homeownership. Well, the fact is, Forage and the Feast is making a big move. One that I have very mixed feelings about and I’m saddened to announce that I will no longer be a NYC resident. That’s right – we are jumping the river and making the move to Hoboken. Ok ok, Hoboken is the NJ borough of NYC and my commute to work will MAYBE be five minutes longer and we have parking, a 1,000 sqft private backyard (grilling!!!), and a fairly large kitchen, but it’s just not NYC. So in order to get myself mentally ready for the move I made these Sausage and Pepper Bites. Hoboken is/was an Italian immigrant town, home of Frank Sinatra, it’s in NJ (Sopranos, Jersey Shore, etc), and when I think of classic New Jersey Italian food I think of sausage and peppers.
Valentine’s Day is here and I can’t help but look back on my first Valentine’s Day with Chad. I was a senior in college and Chad, a year older than me, had recently moved to New York. We googled “best restaurant to spend Valentine’s Day in NYC,” chose a restaurant, and made reservations a month in advance. I got all dressed up, drove in from school, and when we arrived at the restaurant we were a little bit shocked – the adorable West Village restaurant was turned into a Valentines day madhouse. It was way over-packed – I swear they squeezed a few extra tables into an already cramped space. But worst of all, the place was covered with every cheesy Valentine’s Day decoration that you can buy at Duane Reade. There were pink and red glittery cupids and heart balloons all over the place. The meal was a special pre-fixed menu that was way expensive and not all that inspiring. To top it off, the service sucked. After this, we decided to save our special dining-out-dinner for another night and make a Valentine’s dinner at home. That was seven Valentine’s Days ago, and since then we’ve made some really delicious meals.
This Valentine’s Day I’ve got you covered! This Pomegranate Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Sun-chokes, Brussels, and Mushrooms recipe will save you from the dining-out Valentine’s Day madness and is simple enough that it will leave lots of time for romance! xo