Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

This chickpea salad features roasted red bell peppers, toasted pita, cucumbers, walnuts, raisins and capers with a spicy, herby, bold dressing. ~~~ Charmoula (or chermoula) is the star of this chickpea salad. According to NPR: “Born in Morocco, chermoula is a blend of spices like coriander and cumin along with fresh chilies, giving it a …

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A quick weeknight recipe featuring Italian sausage, chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper and herbs. ~~~ I’m starting to think differently about chickpeas aka garbanzo beans. I used to think they were kind of boring, but no, they don’t have to be. Chickpeas add oomph and flavor to dishes, including this recipe for an Italian Sausage …

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My favorite store-bought snack is Snyder’s Jalapeño Pretzel Pieces. They’re addictive, especially when you’re drinking beer. Imagine hand to bag to mouth over and over and you’ll get the picture. As much as I love my jalapeño pretzels, I rather snack on something a bit healthier and homemade. That’s why I’m over the top excited …

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