I always keep several boxes of Zatarain’s jambalaya in my pantry because it’s an easy meal to make and can be adapted easily by adding onions, peppers, zucchini, shrimp, and/or sausage. But occasionally, I’m not in the mood for jambalaya but I still want a New Orleans-inspired dish that incorporates

What do you get when you’re trying to clean out your fridge for Friday’s lunch because you know you’ll be eating out all weekend?

My sister mentioned that she wanted to eat more protein, so I mentioned that chicken sausages are a good option- which reminded me of one company’s superior social media strategy.

Awhile back, I tweeted this:

And got back this response from Al Fresco, an all-natural sausage company:

Notice that they didn’t say “Next time make it with Al Fresco gourmet sausages.” Just a simple, friendly acknowledgment of my great recipe- but now I associate their company name with sausage recipes. Genius, right?

Because I respect and admire a company with an interactive social media presence, I decided to give their sausages a taste. I bought the buffalo style ones, which are “tangy with medium heat” and gluten-free!

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Or, as they would say on Friends, squatter nut bash.

The delicious recipes I’ve tried:

{aka “my new life, continued”}

browsing home decor stores

finding out about a youth entrepreneurship camp…maybe they need volunteers?!

whipping up an amazing sun-dried tomato sausage pasta (recipe to come)

finding this $20 steal, soon to be painted white or stained brown

losing several items when the back of my uhaul popped open mid-drive

an evening of tennis

a new friend to bike with

ridiculously hilarious moments with my sister

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