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Remember the day, but mostly remember the spirit

Ten years ago life changed in America. Life changed for a country, families and individuals. Before September 11, 2001, many Americans were unaware of the state of the world. Terrorism is a fact of life in many countries. In the United States, it had been limited to few people who acted alone or with little help.

But the attacks of September 11th were vastly different. They were well orchestrated. They were well executed. They changed everything. Yes, it is more difficult to board a flight, enter a building or sporting event, even open a checking account, but the innocence lost of this young country is forever gone.

The innocence may be lost, but the spirit will never be. Americans will observe the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks by remembering the 2,976 individuals who lost their lives that day. Many lost were fire fighters, medical personnel, police officers and others who rushed into the flaming Twin Towers. As a result of their heroism, many were able to live another day.

Events are being hosted all over America to pay tribute to the memory of the victims, honour the heroes who rose in service in response to the terrorist attack and appreciation to the military personnel, past and present. An underlying theme in many of these events is the call to volunteer; to give back…be it time, money or experience. Each of us can make a difference. You never know what tomorrow will bring.

Today’s subject is more serious than normal. I found it difficult to tie in a recipe, so I chose one that required little time and attention, yet delivered tremendous flavor. Make it for your next celebration or tribute.

Sausage, Peppers and Onions


  • 16-20 oz. Italian sausage (I use Jennie O Hot Italian Turkey Sausage)
  • 2 onions thinly sliced
  • 2 bell peppers (red, orange or yellow) thinly sliced
  • 2 tbls. Olive oil
  • 1 tbls. Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Cover large cookie sheet with aluminum foil.  Spray foil with non stick cooking spray.  Place sausage on pan.  Place onions and  peppers in large bowl.  Add oil, vinegar and seasonings. Toss gently and place onion mixture over sausage.  Bake for about an hour, stirring occasionally.  Great served on toasted buns with spicy mustard.

*Optional cooking ideas:  One of the best parts of this recipe, other than being extremely tasty, is the versatility.  I used the oven directions, but works great on the stovetop or grill.


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