Eggplant Stuffed with Italian Sausage, Couscous and Vegetables

I have made stuffed peppers in the past with ground beef and rice. This is a twist on that classic and dinner tonight was really to make good use of my fridge and freezer items.

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Eggplant Stuffed with Italian Sausage, Couscous and Vegetables

Serves 4-6
Eggplant Stuffed with Italian Sausage, Couscous and Vegetables

Eggplant Stuffed with Italian Sausage, Couscous and Vegetables

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Weekday Wrap Up 7 and BlissDomCA

Back on track here at the 5 o’clock rush with the Friday Feature Weekday Wrap Up

In case you missed my latest blog posts:

First post is a collaboration with a Canadian company Pulo Cuisine that has delicious Filipino sauces and marinades.

‘Pulo Cuisine’ A Twist on Tacos | the 5 o’clock rush.

Second post is about Smoker 101 and the recipe for the most used spice rub in my house, Memphis Dust Rub.

Smoker 101 and Memphis Dust Rub Recipe | the 5 o’clock rush

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Smoker 101 and Memphis Dust Rub Recipe

I have received a lot of awesome feedback and questions with regards to this picture of our dinner on the5oclockrush on Instagram

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Smokers are an awesome piece of equipment! The most rejected meats can turn them into fall-off-the-bone delicacies when you use a smoker. Sadly, the money or space for a smoker needed for a smoker is not available to everyone. Thankfully, even without a smoker you can get that aroma and taste of meat that is slowly cook in your backyard on your grill even in your house in your oven.

We currently own this smoker Bradley Digital 4-Rack Electric Smoker | Canadian Tire

This Memphis Dust Rub has been one of my go-to spice rubs this summer for all of the meats we smoke or BBQ.

Smoker 101 and Memphis Dust Rub

Pork Tenderloin with Apple Rings and Fresh Peach Mango Salsa

Memphis Dust Rub Pork Tenderloins with Apple Rings and Fresh Peach and Mango Salsa

Memphis Dust Rub Pork Tenderloins with Apple Rings and Fresh Peach and Mango Salsa

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Weekday Wrap Up 6

Here are the latest pictures from the 5 o’clock rush kitchen for this week’s Weekday Wrap Up.

The pictures are the Dinner Spread we enjoyed at the trailer with friends. When we entertain at the trailer, or Glamping, there is always lots of food and lots of variety. And we utilize the charcoal BBQ for everything, even dessert.

Dinner Spread Menu included:

Main Dishes were Salmon steamed in foil, Fresh Caught Pickerel which was pan-fried, Smoked Scallops, and Chicken Breasts.

Sides were Wild Rice and Mashed Potatoes with garlic and brie. Mozzarella, tomatoes with Homemade Pesto and balsamic glaze. And a Spinach Salad with tomatoes and peppers.

Dessert was Grilled Ontario Peaches with Ontario Maple Syrup.

This is the last long weekend of the summer in Canada before school starts. 😦

Back to more consistent dinners, after school activities and  the dreaded school lunches. 😛

Have a great long weekend

Chef Kim

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Weekday Wrap Up 6

Annual Darien Lake Trip

We have just returned from the annual trip to Darien Lake with four families and total of 12+ kids. Ranging in age from 18 to 12 years old.

Darien Lake is about 40 minutes from Buffalo. It is an amusement park that has all the great rides and attractions of the larger ones without the lineups. We think the short lines are due to the Americans are back to school in the area and for the most part the park is filled with thrifty Canadians. The kids think it is awesome as they can go in, as a large pack without adult supervision.

Kids Favourite Rides Motocoaster, Ride of Steel and Viper.

And my DS likes the ‘toilet bowl’ at Splashtown and I was chief videographer for his blog. LOL!

Fireworks and Laser show every night.

Darien offers lots of choices for those who love to camp. Basic tent, trailer rentals and cabins. Darien Lake Amusement Park | Lodging Overview.

The park is awesome location for us to pull our trailer and glamp!

And I’m not a ‘amusement park person’ so I enjoy sitting outside reading, drinking a few Caesars and enjoying the weather. At night we have a big campfire circle and tell hilarious stories of the day.

The kids have no cell service so they have a huge euchre tournament. Very old school.

Super excited with my purchases from the trip two NEW cookbooks. I can’t wait to use and review them for the 5 o’clock rush followers.

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NEW Cookbooks to test out

 

Hope everyone is ready for back to school.

Have a great long weekend

Chef Kim

 

Here are some pictures of the fun and of course the dinners.

Annual Darien Lake Trip