If a recipe calls for ground up sausage (i.e. breakfast casserole)....buy the sausage in the form of a log or pattys. Don't buy the links. It's really hard to grind up and then the little linky- skins go everywhere. yuk.
Cooktop magic works! It really gets the burned on stuff off your glass cooktop! It costs about $6 and you can get it at Lowes.