GRILLED VEGETABLES & VEGAN SAUSAGE WITH BASIL-BUTTER was just leaving the market when "vegan sausage" caught my eye. Hands full, to-do list looming ahead, I hesitated. But then was lured back, curious to see what this 'sausage' tasted like. I've tried a handful of imitation meats and they usually fall short. I also like being a vegetarian because I don't like meat, so I don't want to eat something that simulates it. Most of the time. But, I miss sausage. A lot. Connie from CJ's Harmony Kitchen told me her recipe includes great white northern beans (my favorite) among other vegetables and spices. She has three types currently being offered at the market; Italian, Chipotle, and Smokey Herb. I tried each one and they were exceptional. (Let me just insert that I offered to blog about this because I really think this type of sausage for vegetarians/vegans/carnivores is missing on the market. And it's local. I'm sold.) CJ's Kitchen is a new start up and I'm so thankful Connie's taken the time to figure out how to make a killer vegan sausage just in time for summer. My husband and I fired up the grill and we paired with this sausage with skewers of eggplant, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes from this week's Bloomsbury Farm's CSA basket. Everything got a fresh glaze of basil butter (recipe below). My heart is happy, summer is my favorite time of the year. GRILLED VEGETABLES & VEGAN SAUSAGE WITH BASIL-BUTTER + skewer of skinned eggplant cut into cubes, zucchini cut into coins or quarters, and cherry tomatoes left whole + Chipotle Vegan Sausage from CJ's Harmony Kitchen + fresh basil leaves, finely chopped + unsalted organic butter, melted + pepper + East Nashville Spice Co original all purpose spice

Grill skewers for 8-12 minutes or until tender and charred (we have a humble Weber charcoal grill). Flash grill the sausage in a grilling basket for 4-6 minutes or until HOT. Melt butter over medium heat until fully liquefied in the microwave. Finally, chop fresh basil leaves. Mix in with the melted butter and add a dash of all purpose spice and pepper. With a basting brush, brush over all grilled veggies and sausage. Pairs well with a chardonnay and just some ice cold water!