Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Lasagna ready to serve - inspiration for menu ideas and recipes for lasagna, broccoli, swordfish, butternut squash, and green beans

Menu ideas and recipes for lasagna, broccoli, swordfish, butternut squash, and green beans Lasagna The highlight of the week: lasagna. Lasagna never lets you down.* I’ve been tweaking this recipe over the years: ground beef and Italian sausage, basil pesto ricotta mix, marinara, and mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan cheese. *I changed my mind. Sometimes, if …

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Curious lamb - inspiration for menu ideas and recipes for ground lamb, eggplant, kale, chard, striped bass, carrots, broccoli stems, almaco jack, arborio rice, green beans, and butternut squash

Menu ideas and recipes for ground lamb, eggplant, kale, chard, striped bass, carrots, broccoli stems, almaco jack, arborio rice, green beans, and butternut squash Shepherd’s pie One of my favorite flavor combos is lamb and eggplant, so this shepherd’s pie recipe in Bon Appétit caught my eye. I used ground lamb instead of shoulder so …

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Menu ideas and recipes for chicken, rice, sea bass, flounder, broccoli, flank steak, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, duck fat and potatoes

Menu ideas and recipes for chicken, rice, sea bass, flounder, broccoli, flank steak, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, duck fat and potatoes One-pot fish dinner When I saw this one-pot gingery chicken and rice with peanut sauce recipe, I thought, hmm, I’ll do it with fish instead. I was going to add fillets of black sea …

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Gnocchi with butternut squash and kale is one of the most delicious dishes I’ve made lately. It’s a quick recipe that will leave you swooning. ~~~ Last Friday night, Jim said those magical words to me. “This is better than a restaurant.” Now, it’s true the guy doesn’t get out much but I’ll take that …

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An easy recipe to throw together, full of bold flavors — butternut squash, maple, bacon, garlic, cinnamon, cayenne and thyme. ~~~ Roasted winter squash goes so well with leafy greens – kale, collards, spinach, or any of the other greens you can find in the farmers market right now. I don’t really have a recipe, …

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I’m gratined out. In the last few weeks, I’ve made several. Some have been winners, like this one and the Sweet Potato and Kale Gratin. Some have been just okay, so no need to share. This gratin has been a hit in our house. I found the original recipe on the Elly Says Opa! blog …

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