Grape expectations

Turn up the heat for a burst of flavor
JERRY ANNE DI VECCHIO

Sausages with Shallots and Grapes

Occasionally, I've extolled the virtues of giving green seedless grapes a touch of heat to brighten their color and intensify their flavor. Swirl them in a single layer in a frying pan over high heat for about 30 seconds and you have a beautiful, refreshing garnish for fish, chicken, pork, or lamb.

But if you take the process one step further and cook the grapes way down, they turn sweet-sour, golden, and sticky. Sunset senior food writer Linda Anusasananan came back from a Mediterranean visit with this extremely simple sausage dish. I liked it so much, it's become a regular on my table.