Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

You’ll want to eat this sauce right from the pan—an easy weeknight chicken dinner perfect for blueberry season, or whenever blueberries are in your freezer. ~~~ I’m a big fan of dishes that combine sweet and savory with a touch of salty or spicy, like poultry or pork with fruit. In the winter, I love …

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A quick dinner of chicken, asparagus and warm spices that’s full of color and flavor. Now that asparagus is in season again, we’re having it at least once a week. Depending where you shop, you can find local asparagus, and it’s not so pricey this time of year, at least not in most markets. I …

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Charmoula is the salsa verde of Morocco. Or you could think of it as the pesto of Morocco. Or the chimichurri of Morocco. Ok, I’ll stop now. The recipe for this bright, bold sauce or paste vary by chef, home cook and region of North Africa. If you do a search on “charmoula” or “chermoula,” …

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A tasty dinner of shrimp and asparagus roasted with black garlic and lemon—the perfect choice when you’re low on time. ~~~ My brother from another mother is a black garlic fiend. Some even know him as Black Garlic Man. I can’t blame him. Black garlic is pretty darn tasty—lots of flavor yet much more mild, …

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