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A Taste of the New PCC Cookbook

Delicious new recipes from the PCC cookbook "Cooking From Scratch"

Vicky McDonald

Published on: September 14, 2018

Italian sausages with roasted grapes
Charity Burgraaf

Dinner from scratch

Cooking from scratch can sometimes feel like a major effort, but with the right recipe and good ingredients, you can make a homecooked dinner pretty quickly. We got a sneak peek at the new cookbook "Cooking from Scratch" from PCC and love how simple and flavorsome these recipes are. Here are some of our favorites that we think would make a great family dinner. 

"Cooking from Scratch" is available in stores and online from Tuesday, Sept. 18. Check out these three tasty recipes to whet your appetite.

Italian sausages with roasted grapes

Succulent, well-spiced pork and sweet red grapes — this is a dish to come back to. You can serve the combination with nothing more than some garlicky greens, or use it to top polenta, gnocchi or mashed potatoes.


Serves 4 

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1 pound fresh hot or sweet Italian sausage links 
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme 
  • 1 pound seedless red grapes, stemmed
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped shallots
  • 1⁄3 cup dry red wine
  • Fresh Italian parsley leaves, for garnish 

How to make it:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. 

In a large cast-iron or ovenproof skillet over medium- high heat, add the oil and sausage and fry until browned on all sides, turning occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the broth, thyme, grapes and shallots and transfer to the oven. 

Roast, turning the grapes and sausages halfway through the cooking time until the grapes start to caramelize and the sausages are cooked through and begin to burst, 12 to 15 minutes. 

Divide the sausages among four bowls, arranging the grapes alongside. Return the skillet to high heat and add the wine, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Drizzle this pan sauce over the sausages and sprinkle with the parsley before serving. 

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