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Italian Sausage and Zucchini Bake

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My trainer was on her way to my place to work out with me when she spotted something in the middle of a very busy street. She thought it might be a light-colored rat at first and realized it was a kitten frozen in fear in the middle of the road. She risked her own safety and stopped the car to grab the tiny kitten. Because she was meeting with me momentarily, she brought it along. So much for my workout...

We took the kitten upstairs. It was trembling and still hissing in terror.  We think this was its first human encounter. I decided the next stop was our vet. We needed to find out if it needed immediate medical care. My vet loves me so of course, they let us in right away. In COVID-style, we waited outside. The vet called to say the little guy was in remarkably good health. I blurted out, “It’s a boy!”

She then went on to explain he had no worms, no parasites like most cats born in the wild, and that he weighed one pound. We projected that he was likely five to six weeks old. My trainer had not seen any evidence of a mother cat or other kittens. This little guy was alone. The vet said he was right on the border of having to bottle feed or he could likely manage wet food mixed with water. Our next stop was the pet food store. We stocked up and brought him back to our place again.

My trainer is a newlywed with a new house. She’s been wanting a kitten for a long time, so her plan was to take this adorable little guy home. We even started brainstorming names for him. She took him home with grand hopes but was not particularly surprised when her husband expressed his dismay. He didn’t want anything to do with this kitten.

So what was Plan B?

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Italian Sausage and Zucchini Bake

This is sort of one of those dump casseroles that come together quickly and doesn’t require a lot of effort or dishes.

Servings: Serves four to six. You can definitely serve six if you have a side Caesar salad.



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