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Sausage Rules

March 22, 2000

This rice is prepared in the microwave: Combine 1 1/4 cups long-grain white rice, 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt, 1 3/4 cups water and a dash of lemon pepper. Cook, covered, 5 minutes on high power. Let sit 3 minutes. Cook on medium power 3 minutes, then let sit 3 minutes. Microwave again on medium 4 minutes and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving. (This is for a sticky rice; add 1 tablespoon butter for more separated rice.)

While the rice is cooking, prepare the main dish: Rinse 1/2 cup frozen bell pepper slices and 1/2 cup frozen chopped onions in colander. Saute 1 teaspoon minced garlic and 1 teaspoon minced ginger root in 2 tablespoons olive oil until soft, about 2 minutes. Add drained onions and pepper slices and saute 3 to 4 more minutes. Add 1 pound Polish sausage that has been cut into 1/2-inch thick slices, and cook until heated through, 2 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with garlic salt, a dash of lemon pepper and a dash of dried red pepper flakes. Stir and serve over rice.

For interesting variations, add sliced mushrooms, sliced water chestnuts, sliced bamboo shoots or snow peas.

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