Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Walnut pesto with shiitake and cremini mushrooms, chicken apple sausage and whole wheat penne — one of my favorite quick pasta recipes. ~~~ Now that we have a chest freezer, I’m going a little nuts. Literally. I went to Trader Joe’s and loaded up on pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts. There’s something comforting (to …

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Maple walnut salmon tastes both luxurious and healthy — three flavors that are meant for each other. Plus, it’s a quick dinner recipe for weeknights. ~~~ When in doubt, add maple and walnuts. What a scrumptious combination. Maple and pecans are a pretty nice pair too. But, today, as I write this, I’m remembering how …

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It’s the right time to bring back this dish, so today I present Cranberry Chicken Parmesan, version 2.0. I first made this dish four years ago and blogged about it here. Last weekend I made it again but with a few tweaks. Used boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts. Added some onion and garlic …

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Blue cheese is one of those love it or hate it ingredients. I’m in the love camp. If I’m having a salad before dinner, most likely it’s topped with some crumbled blue cheese. The Salemville brand has been on sale lately at Lowes Foods so I’ve been enjoying their Gorgonzola. So creamy with just the …

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Last weekend, the temperature dipped into the 20s overnight and this weekend hovered near the 70s. North Carolina weather is never predictable. But Chicken Cacciatore is. And this deep-flavored, comforting dish is always welcome on our table. It hadn’t even occurred to me that it’s called Hunters’ Chicken, yet how appropriate. Jim returned last week from a …

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