Gone Gourmet

Food & Wine recipes make such great meals!

I feel like a new chef with all these recipes I’ve been trying as one of the Food & Wine Blogger Correspondents. And everything is turning out delicious, which makes Nick and I very happy.

Plus, they’re so easy!


Tonight’s dinner inspiration?

Lamb Sausage with Lentils and Sauteed Pears


And I made a few changes ;)

But not many with this recipe! There were a few things I didn’t have, but my swaps worked great.

  • Lean turkey sausage in place of lamb
  • I didn’t presoak the lentils
  • Regular diced red sweet peppers instead of roasted (didn’t have any)
  • Forgot the cider vinegar! Dangit…I just realized this as I’m looking at the recipe. I’ll add it for tomorrow :)


I loved the spicy sausage with the lentils, and those sauteed pears? They were the perfect complement.


When Nick walked in and saw my plate, he said “Oh, you’re going all gourmet tonight!”.

I guess I am.

At least, this is gourmet compared to one of my casseroles or random one-pot meals I like to make :)

There’s another fun recipe review coming tomorrow! Get ready.


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This post is part of a series featuring recipes from the FOOD & WINE archive.  As a FOOD & WINE Blogger Correspondent, I was chosen to do four recipes a week from FOOD & WINE.  I received a subscription to FOOD & WINE for my participation.


  1. Wow, you definitely are going gourmet! I love it. :)

  2. Mmmmmmmm, fancy!! The pears just seal the deal!! :)

  3. Loving the gourmet dinner. Lentils are my favorite!

  4. definitely add the cider vinegar, makes it better :) LOVE LOVE LOVE this dish, i’ve made it at least twice before and posted about it awhile back!

  5. I love the idea of sausage and pears together. So autumny and so lovely :) This looks awesome!

  6. There’s a time and a place for everything, including yummy casseroles! But sometimes it IS nice to get all gussied up and this looks like the perfect meal! Yum.

  7. Can you believe I’ve never actually read Food & Wine mag?! Some foodie I am huh!? I guess it’s because it always looked too gourmet for me, like that it would require expensive ingredients–but you’re recipes go to show I was wrong!! Going to buy an issue ASAP! :-)

  8. Brandi that dinner looks amazing! I love the lentils and sausage combo. And sauteeing up some pears is a fab idea!

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