Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Menu ideas and recipes for jalapeños, cilantro, black drum, chicken, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and cabbage

Menu ideas and recipes for jalapeños, cilantro, black drum, chicken, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and cabbage

Green goodness for black drum fillets

I love finding a new sauce for fish. Although this one might be meant for tacos, we loved it on baked black drum fillets: creamy jalapeño sauce. I used Vietnamese coriander instead of cilantro because it’s right outside my door.

I grew Vietnamese coriander (aka Vietnamese mint or rau ram) so I’d have a year-round ready supply of cilantro because there’s nothing worse than pulling out a blackened slimy bouquet of cilantro from the produce drawer. It doesn’t taste exactly the same as cilantro but it gives dishes a similar bright green flavor. Now I just hope I can help it survive the winter.

Chicken and sweet potato casserole

Last Sunday was all about casseroles. First, our main, a chicken, sweet potato and bacon casserole—very tasty. I used chicken thighs instead of breast. Dishes like this remind me how much I love even a little bit of Gruyère.

Menu ideas and recipes for jalapeños, cilantro, black drum, chicken, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and cabbage

Brussels sprouts gratin

Winter vegetables

On the side, Brussels sprouts gratin, another keeper. I reduced the amount of cream (heeding the recipe comments) and added shiitake to the mushroom mix. More Gruyère!

Earlier in the week, we had this fall-apart, caramelized cabbage as a side. A completely different way of preparing cabbage—we loved it. Watch the heat on this one, it can sneak up on you if you have a heavy hand. Guilty.

See you next week!


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