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You know those nights when you stumble home after a long day’s work, wearily open the fridge, and nearly cry from exhaustion and lack of inspiration? The nights you’d call for takeout, but feel embarassed because the person taking orders can recognize your voice? Those cereal-for-dinner nights?

Me?

I’ve had a few of those lately.  My husband and I pulled off our DIY wedding a couple weeks ago and have been slowly recovering.  Mostly by refusing to do much of anything aside from gorge ourselves on wedding cake (more on that later).  Apologies for the blogging hiatus.

I’m not entirely back up to speed, but tonight I dipped a toe back in the cooking water with a one-pot dish that was on the table in under 40 minutes.  It’s amazing how a few fresh ingredients can transform ho hum packaged rice mix into a savory, delicious meal. The results are worth the little bit of effort.  No claims as to the authenticity of this jambalaya, but it sure beats General Tso’s when you’re worn out.

 

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Credit: Koboko

What it’s called: Kaesekrainer (“kay-ze-kryner”), aka Krainer Wurst

What it is:  Smoked sausage made from a minimum of 68% pork, 12% beef, 10-20% Emmentaler cheese, and not more than 20% ham/bacon or 5% water.  Spices include seasoned salt, pepper, and garlic. 

What it tastes like: Similar to the American version of “Polish Kielbasa,” except it’s injected with Swiss cheese throughout.  Salty, a tad garlicky, and totally addictive (especially after a night on the town).

How to eat it: Very carefully.  The molten cheese can be explosive, so chomp with caution.  Like most delicious things, it is a bit of a mess.  Order it “hot dog”-style (inside a hollowed out mini-baguette) to save your clothing.  Traditional condiments include spicy mustard, freshly grated horseradish, or curry ketchup. 

Where to find it: Kaesekrainer has been popular at Austrian sausage stands since the 1980s, and hails originally from Slovenia (where, according to wikipedia, it is a national dish).  It is also popular in Australia and New Zealand, where it is known as the “kransky,” thanks to Slovenian immigrants who arrived there in the 1940s and ’50s.

If you can’t make it that far: You could try the “3 Cheese Bite” (cheddar, American, and mozzarella) at 7-11…but I wouldn’t recommend it.  Look:

Proof that some things just get lost in translation.

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