Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Menu ideas and recipes for flounder, swordfish, crudités, linguica, clams, blueberries and buttermilk.

Menu ideas and recipes for flounder, swordfish, crudités, linguica, clams, pasta, blueberries and buttermilk. Flounder and swordfish If you’re not the kind of person who scarfs up all the crumbs from the bottom of a potato chip bag (ahem), then you can save them for potato chip flounder. Otherwise, do what I did and buy …

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recipes on my menu and e-cookbooks on sale this week

Tilefish and fish cakes My cooking week began with blueline tilefish. Before getting involved in a CSF (that stands for community supported fishery which is like a CSA share but with fish and shellfish), I hadn’t ever heard of tilefish. Tilefish is a mild, white, flaky fish found along the east coast. Its diet of …

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Tis the season for easy-to-make dishes for entertaining, or for hanging out and watching Christmas movies. It’s also the season for indulging in dishes that you normally wouldn’t — dishes made with either seasonal, expensive or high-fat high-calorie ingredients. I once made a huge Christmas Eve feast that started with Oysters Rockefeller and went on …

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Do you have a repertoire of pastas that you return to again and again? Pastas that don’t require much brain effort? Pastas are my soul food. I may be Irish-Lithuanian but I think all those years growing up in southern Massachusetts amidst Italians, visits to the Italian bakery in my grandparents’ East Cambridge neighborhood, and …

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