Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

I’ve been sharing my kitchen favorites over on my other blog every Friday, and all of a sudden tonight I thought, why the heck aren’t I sharing them here?

And here we go…


The best dish all week: homemade lamb gyros from Serious Eats. Who knew you could replicate that satisfying late night flavor at home? I remember going to a little place in Georgetown back in my waiter/bartender days for my gyro fix after work—or after last call. Those memories are fuzzy so I can’t say for sure if these were as good, but they were plenty good.

I followed the gyro recipe pretty much as written, but I made my tzatziki without the mayo and I added dill. I served the lamb with chopped lettuce and grape tomatoes in the flatbread you can buy at the supermarket.

Another hit, a salsa verde from Taste. I swear the color and texture changed after adding the vinegar, so cool. Was it culinary magic or science? We had it one night on fish (wahoo) and another night on steamed potatoes. I can imagine it’d be great on roast chicken and eggs too.

Jim has a hunting trip this month, so we need to make space in the chest freezer for, hopefully, a bountiful venison harvest. Rummaging through, I found a forgotten three-pack of cauliflower rice from BJ’s in there. I sautéed red onion, a mix of peppers (sweet corno di toro, poblano and jalapeno), shiitake mushrooms and cabbage, and then added the “rice” to the mix. Very tasty.

Not too exciting? Hardly, let me tell you, those gyros were plenty exciting.

Since we’re entering the holiday season — woo hoo! — I have two videos to share with you. As if Alison Roman wasn’t talented enough, I finally discovered she’s an incredibly lovable and relatable video star, cook, person, someone you’d love to hang out with in the kitchen. In this video, she prepares Thanksgiving for a bunch of friends. Love her.

And if you’re still stressing out about Thanksgiving, let Tante Marie ease your mind — just put the f*cking turkey in the oven. Did I ever tell you about the time I was given turkey duty the day of, discovered it was still frozen inside, and, oh brother, but it all worked out. A story for another time, see you next week!

2 thoughts on “In My Kitchen: 11.15.19

  1. jp littel says:

    Great post!! Love you,cuz.

    1. deirdrereid says:

      Thanks for reading! Love you too!

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