Pumpkin carving

As soon as Samantha acquired her pumpkin she announced that she wanted Uncle Kevin to help her carve it.  Good call since he has all of the pumpkin carving utensils and the last time Mom and Dad carved pumpkins it was with Uncle Kevin and Aunt Christie (quite a while ago.)  Kevin suggested that we turn it into dinner and I remembered that I went crazy with the Aidell’s sausages when Graul’s had the rep there with coupons a week ago.  I volunteered to make a batch of sauerkraut and bring the sausages.  Christie made a great salad.  Kevin grilled three different types of sausages and we cut them all in half so everyone could try different kinds.  We had the Roasted Garlic and Gruyere, the Portabello Mushroom with Swiss and the Sundried tomato with Kale.  All excellent!  Here is the sauerkraut recipe I use:


  • 2 lbs sauerkraut, drained
  • 3 country spareribs
  • 1 TB canola oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • Sausages of your choice

In a heavy saucepan, cook spareribs in oil until browned on all sides.  Add onion and garlic and brown.  Add sauerkraut and stir to brown.  Add water, wine and stock as needed to cover.  Simmer on stove for 1 – 2 hours, adding additional liquid (water, wine or stock) if needed.  Grill sausages and serve with sauerkraut and mustard or sauce if you like.

Here is Samantha’s finished pumpkin – her own design.

Samantha and her pumpkin

Samantha and her pumpkin


About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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