farmers sausage

We went wine tasting this weekend and needed a quick and easy breakfast that we could reheat in the hotel microwave. These muffins worked out perfectly

12 eggs

½ cup heavy whipping cream

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese

1 cup of broccoli finely chopped (no stems)

1 package of Farmer John Sausage links (cooked and sliced)

1 cup of crumbled bacon

12 slices of bacon fully cooked in the oven

Whisk together the eggs, hwc, sharp cheddar cheese and broccoli. Season with salt and pepper.

Spray the muffin pan with nonstick oil, and place one fully cooked piece of bacon in each

Divide the sliced cooked sausage and crumbled bacon evenly between the 12 muffins

Divide and pour the egg mixture into each muffin 

Top with remaining shredded cheddar jack cheese

Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes or until fully cooked

Tržnica Dolac, Zagreb, Croatia

Not much to explain here. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves… scenes from a Croatian meat market!

Tržnica Dolac is Croatia’s largest daily farmer’s market, taking place in an open plaza just up the stairs from Zagreb’s central square. However, what many people do not realize, including myself until this past trip, is that there’s a huge indoor meat market directly underneath it. I ventured inside last week and immediately wished I had rented an apartment with a fridge and kitchen so I could have shopped, cooked and eaten my way through all the treasures the butchers and artisans have to offer. Here’s a look…

Love the axe on the butcher block in the back…

Sausage…

More sausage…

And even more sausage! It just didn’t stop…

Dried beef…

There were plenty of trotters to be had…

Čvarci, or deep fried bits of pork fat, are Croatia’s version of chicharron and were “in season”…

If you do ever make it to Tržnica Dolac, I recommend finding this stand and seeing this woman…

She’s from Slavonia, the part of Croatia known for its sausages and cured meats. She was friendly, spoke English, welcomed me in and let me try an little bit of everything at her stand. Like this krvavica, a cross between head cheese and blood sausage…

There was also plenty of non-dried or cured animal parts for sale…

But you just can’t escape the sausage…

And while I did by some čvarci from the woman I told you about above, a much older Croatian woman had a line at her shop, selling a meatier but more crispy version…

These were actually much better and a bag came back to my hotel with me…

And on your way out of the market, there is of course the local wine merchant, selling it not just in bottles, but in any container you bring or want to buy…

Meats of all kinds and homemade wine, now all you need is some good cheese… which is available in the dairy market just next door!

Turkey Soldier-inspired recipe

I read that fanfic and said, “That sounds like something I would want to eat in real life.”  Does not contain turkey.  Or soldiers.

Breakfast Stuffing Bites:

One third of a 6-ounce box of Kraft Stove Top Stuffing Mix

10-15 Tater Tots, thawed

Four Farmer John Fully Cooked Sausage Links- if you only have raw sausage, you should cook it first.

Two eggs

One half cup water


Heat the half cup of water in the microwave for about 2 minutes and 30 seconds in a medium-ish bowl.  Mix in the stuffing mix and let it sit a little until the mix is moist and no longer crunchy-looking.  Preheat the oven to 400 Fahrenheit.  Dump the tater tots and the sausages into the stuffing bowl and break them up with a fork when they are thawed.  Mix that up, and then mix in the two eggs.  Make about eight separate patties on a cookie sheet or a pie pan without holes.  Then bake around 17 minutes until edges of patties are browned and patties are not cold in the middle.

 Inspired by this:  http://archiveofourown.org/works/1062952