|Chorizo selections at the Family Market in Columbia|
Start with sausage. It's not even healthy, so it's totally easy. The butchers around Howard County grind their own meat into a variety of varieties -- breakfast sausage at Boarman's, Italian pork at Laurel Meat Market, chorizos in Family Market or Lily's Mexican Market. Even Harris Teeter sells excellent spicy chicken sausage.
Sausage sandwiches are easy -- especially if you can grab some good rolls. Personally, I like the baguette at Bon Fresco.
|Sausage in risotto|
But my favorite use is defrosting a sausage and pulling it out of the casing to zip up kitchen staples. Brown a bit, then add to pasta sauce. Crumble a sausage into the first stage of any mushroom risotto recipe. Start with any recipe that you find on the Web, and brown the sausage before you add the rice to the pot. If you have a basic risotto recipe, a box of chicken stock, some dried mushrooms from an Asian market, and an onion can make risotto right out of the freezer and pantry when you haven't had time to shop.
Consider sausage your gateway drug. It's a guaranteed find at any market, and then you look around for something else. Make your own personal burger blend at Laurel Meat Market. Work your way up to trying Steven Raichlen's Planet Barbecue and its suggestions.
Find yourself a meat market on last month's post about places to shop.