Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Menu ideas and recipes for chicken, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, polenta, mushrooms, greens, chickpeas, yellowfin tuna and black drum

Menu ideas and recipes for chicken, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, polenta, mushrooms, greens, chickpeas, yellowfin tuna and black drum

Embrace the cozy—and cranberries

When it gets cold, I start thinking about cranberries—childhood conditioning, I guess. The star of our Sunday dinner was cranberry chicken parmesan. It may sound weird but it’s really good. While eating the leftovers for lunch, I realized it’s a bit like Thanksgiving and since this Thanksgiving is a no-turkey feast (yay!), that’s fine by me.

On the side, balsamic-maple roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon (double the sauce), and oven-baked polenta with roasted mushrooms and thyme. What a glorious meal it was!

greens linguica and chickpeas

Greens and company

I was getting bored with my usual greens treatments, so I took inspiration from this recipe to make kale, radish, turnip and daikon greens with linguiça, chickpeas, onion, sweet pepper, jalapeño, garlic and smoked paprika.

“Yellowfin tuna, again?”

A phrase often heard in this house but never with a whiny tone, always an excited one. This time, I made blackened yellowfin tuna with a spice rub of brown sugar (responsible for some serious blackening), chili powder, garlic and onion powder, cumin, coriander, cayenne and salt.

And wouldn’t you know it… guess what I got in Thursday’s fish share? That’s right, another pound of yellowfin tuna. Not complaining, trust me.

Drum roll

An even simpler fish dish the next night: black drum fillets baked with butter, lemon juice, Aleppo pepper flakes and Turkish seasoning.

See you next week!


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