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it must be summer… i’m just making salad and condiments.

the other day we had some sausage from Tails and Trotters, a local meat purveyor. among the small selection that we had were some spicy italian sausage, which i love to have with a sweet tomato relish. my grandmother’s recipe uses fresh tomatoes as well as peppers and onions, and takes quite awhile to prepare and can. i just wanted something similar in a small quantity, so i made up a quick, half- hearted substitute that turned out pretty well. considering.

i threw into a pan on the stove: 1 can of fire- roasted diced tomatoes, about 1/2 cup combination of brown and white sugar, pinch of salt, about 1/8 – 1/4 t ground clove, 1/4 – 1/2 t cinnamon, 1/8 t ground nutmeg, about 1/4 t ground ginger, and a bay leaf. i added about 1/2 cup of cider vinegar and a couple T of red wine and let it boil until it had thickened– about 10 – 15 minutes. when i removed it from the heat, i added about 4 T more of cider vinegar [to taste] and served it on the sausage. if i had time and/or was thinking i would have chopped up a small yellow onion and thrown that in…

and fyi this is not a canning recipe; the ball jar just happened to be the closest thing within reach. you have to go to gina’s blog at crowsnsquirrels.com

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