Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Menu ideas and recipes for crab, shrimp, calamari, garlic bread, corned beef, cheese danish, Christmas cookies, sticky toffee pudding, amberjack, snapper and burgers

Menu ideas and recipes for crab, shrimp, calamari, garlic bread, corned beef, cheese danish, Christmas cookies, sticky toffee pudding, amberjack, snapper and burgers Holiday seafood dinners The highlight of our holiday feasts was creamy baked crab cannelloni on Christmas Eve—a Giada recipe. Wow wow wow, it exceeded my expectations. On the side, broccoli roasted with …

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These Italian fig cookies (aka cucidati) have become a favorite Christmas recipe at our house. Make a big batch and freeze some for a special treat later. ~~~ I love Italian cookies. My grandmother’s neighborhood in East Cambridge, Massachusetts had a fantastic Italian bakery, Royal Pastry Shop. Whenever we went to my grandparents, she would send …

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I can’t stop buying strawberries! They’re difficult to resist, especially when North Carolina strawberries are in the market. Plus, May is Strawberry Month in North Carolina so I must celebrate and support my local industry. My skin should be turning pink. I add strawberries to breakfast cereal, toast with ricotta cheese and frozen banana smoothies. …

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I hope you don’t mind my penchant for Japan stories. I’m sure you understand. A sake brewery representative went on YouTube this week to ask the Japanese people to support tsunami-affected breweries like his by buying their sake for the annual cherry blossom celebrations. Otherwise “secondary economic damage” could result if people heed the Tokyo …

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Gingerbread is the ideal counter cake. It sits on the counter and gets more and more delicious each day. Friends drop by during the holidays, you cut a few slices, and damn it’s good — intensely spiced, moist and tasty. It also goes really well with eggnog. This recipe was developed by Claudia Fleming when …

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