It’s finally Fall! Can we all just take a pumpkin spiced second to breathe it all in and rejoice? Fall is just the best. It’s when the scarves come out, the boots come on, and the holiday baking can officially commence! Oh and did I mention pumpkin spice yet? Of course I did, who’s your girl? I’m obsessed with Fall, I think it’s my favorite season, but then at the same time I think Winter is my favorite season because…snow and stuff.
But Fall is the lifeline in my bones. I come alive as soon as the first leaf hits the ground and the weather becomes crisp. The. Best. Don’t even get me started on the food! Let’s move on to all that delicious Fall comfort food like this recipe for Sausage with Zucchini and Tomatoes.
I’m actually really excited about this blog post for a few reasons. First and foremost, I got a new set of pots and pans! Not just any new set of pots and pans, a Calphalon Premier Space Saving Nonstick Cookware 10-pc set of pots and pans. This is the first set of real grown up pots and pans I’ve ever owned. And they are EVERYTHING!
As I tell you guys on the daily, I have the worlds tiniest kitchen, so one of the biggest challenges I face is finding the space for all of my cookware in the kitchen. It’s always been tough to find the room to store and organize all of my cookware. When I’m entertaining and I invite family and friends over, I find I’m always having difficulty pulling the stuff I need out of the cabinet. I literally have to take everything out, set it on the floor (eww, gross) then find what pan I need and put it all back. It’s such a pain in the (insert expletive here). So anyway when I heard about a space saving cookware set, I was like sign me up!
I’ve always been such a huge fan of Calphalon cookware in general. Calphalon provides me with the highest quality tools, expertly crafted and designed, to bring the best out of every meal, which is important for me as I want to have the best cookware in my kitchen.
I actually will only buy a few brands out there, because I truly believe you get what you pay for and Calphalon is always at the top of my list because I know they sell a quality product. I’d rather pay more and buy something once than pay less and have to buy it over and over again. Calphalon is a one-stop-shop, I will always recommend them. I would never recommend anything that I don’t personally use in my own kitchen.
So anywho, it was my birthday a few weeks ago and we wanted to have some friends over for dinner to celebrate. I just got these new pots and pans and I wanted to show them off! Mainly because all my friends know how small my kitchen is and the lack of storage space I have. I was dying to show them how much more room I had now that I ditched my old pots and pans for the Calphalon Premier Space Saving ones.
I have too much cupboard space in my kitchen and I just don’t know what to do with it. – No One Ever
But you guys, I literally said this out loud! I have so much room in my pots and pans cupboard now, that I seriously don’t know what to do!!! Thanks to the flat lids and unique handle design, the pots, pans and lids stack and nest in any order to save 30% more space when compared to other cookware. It’s absolutely genius. Like Einstein genius. And I’m like why hasn’t someone thought of this sooner?!?! Worth seriously every penny.
For my birthday dinner celebration we decided to cook this delicious Sausage with Zucchini and Tomatoes and make some chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. I was SO excited to use my new cookware. And use it I did! I think I used every pot and pan just because I could, since I had such easy access to it now. I also love how heavy duty they are, like you feel the solid construction and workmanship in every detail. Just taking them out of the box I couldn’t believe the weight and quality.
I’ve never owned a nicer set of anything, ever. I almost want to cuddle with them at night because they are just so great. I could not be happier with them. So if you’re ready to ditch your crappy pots and pans and save some space, grab some of these. You won’t regret it.
I went ahead and typed up the recipe we made because it’s insanely delicious! Technically it’s Brad’s recipe, but he said I could use it for the blog, so address your ‘Thank You’ notes to him. This recipe is insane and it’s SO simple. It’s one of my all-time favorite recipes that Brad makes. I mean, hello, I asked for it for my birthday dinner with guests over that we had to impress, it’s that good. So I just had to share it with you guys. Also it’s not a dessert recipe, are you stoked or what?! You know how I only live for desserts and rarely share a savory dish with you. Speaking of dessert though (thought you could escape eh?) we had chocolate covered strawberries for dessert, but it’s the easiest dessert ever, am I right? No recipe required.
So let’s keep talking about my new pots and pans. Ha! I just seriously can’t even with them, they are so awesome! They make me WANT to cook, even after a long day. I absolutely love my Calphalon Premier Space Saving Nonstick Cookware and I’m excited to share that I will be giving away one 10-Piece Set next week so you can WIN one of your very own!
The giveaway will be through Facebook and Instagram so keep your eyes peeled on my social feed. To enter into my giveaway, just follow me @vanessabarajas (Instagram) and Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind (Facebook) and @Calphalon on Instagram and Facebook, then when you see my giveaway post next week, “Like” the post and tag 2 friends in the comments.
If you can’t wait and need a new set of pots and pans like now (trust me, I get it) the Calphalon Premier Space Saving Nonstick Cookware is available now at many fine retailers, like Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate & Barrel, Macy’s and Williams-Sonoma. You can also learn more about Calphalon by visiting http://www.calphalon.com or by following @Calphalon on Facebook and Instagram!
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 (3-ounces) jalepeno cheddar brats, sliced into ¼ inch pieces
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 6 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 medium zucchini, sliced and quartered into ¼ inch pieces
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 14-ounce can (396 g) artichoke bottoms, drained and halved
- 16-ounce jar (460 g) of no-sugar-added marinara sauce
- 1 teaspoon of ground sea salt
- 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, plus more for garnish
- 5-ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced into 5 pieces (optional)
- Add olive oil to a Calphalon Space Saving 3-qt. sauté pan set over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and brown on each side, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add the onions and garlic, cook until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes.
- Then add the zucchini, tomatoes, artichoke bottoms, marinara sauce, and spices. Stir together. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer covered for 30 minutes, stirring regularly.
- Add the fresh mozzarella slices on top of the simmered ingredients. Cover and allow to melt, about 10 minutes. Garnish with Italian seasoning sprinkled across the mozzarella. Serve immediately.
- Store any leftovers refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.