So I ended up with a copy of Robert B. Parker’s Bad Business.
Just the kind of read to unwind a busy work week on the Friday of my weekend.
(That sounds rather convoluted, but since week-ends are considered Saturday and Sunday, but I work Saturday, so my not at work days are Sunday and Monday….which makes Tuesday my Monday and Thursday my hump day and Saturday my Friday. So, SATURDAY, I read this book on Saturday night.)
And there were several cooking/eating/ food scenes in the book, because that’s the way Spenser is and that’s how Robert B. Parker writes. I remembered, back in the day when the books had been a TV series called Spenser for Hire
Robert Urich was Spenser
and a pretty good stand in for Robert B. Parker
Complete aside: Season 3 – that was 1987 – they filmed a Thanksgiving episode. Which include scenes shot at Plimoth Plantation.
Season 3, Episode 7 Thanksgiving
First Aired: November 29, 1987
Spenser takes Susan to Plymouth for Thanksgiving and runs into an old Army buddy whose down on his luck. When his friend, Mike Kaminsky, is accused of murdering the young wife of an elderly philanthropist, Spenser tries to prove him innocent. As Susan looks after the Kaminsky family, Spenser and Hawk search out the shifty background of the murder victim, and deal with the controversy conscious step-son. Attempts on Spenser’s life ultimately lead he and Hawk to the those responsible.
Someone (actually, quite a few of us) got to come in early to be pilgrim ‘extras’. Should you watch said episode and see a pilgrim with a dead goose?
But my 15 seconds of fame is a story for another day.
Since the series was called Spenser for Hire, I thought the companion cookbook should be called
Spenser for Dinner
Because of course, there should be a cookbook.
Back to Bad Business.
At the very beginning of Chapter 46, Vinnie is cooking up sausage and vinegar peppers…..
So I checked out the North End Italian Cookbook, and sure enough – sausage and vinegar peppers with potatoes.
Sausage and Vinegar Peppers and Potatoes
2 # Italian sausage
1/4 cup olive oil
6 large potatoes, peeled, sliced thick and wiped dry
6-8 vinegar peppers
Brown the sausages in the oil. Remove from the pan.
Add the potatoes to the oil , turning till cooked and crispy.
Add the sausage back and then tear the peppers on top, letting the juices fall in with the meat and potatoes. There will be steam when he vinegar hits the pan, so be careful.
Turn off heat, cover and and let rest 5 minutes before serving.
The note in the cookbook says hold for a second day, but I’ve made some stellar fritatta…..just saying.
adapted from pages 103-4