Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Recipes and menu ideas: eggplant caponata, summer southern succotash, charred shishito peppers, summer squash gratin, peach glazed chicken thighs, roasted mackerel with garlic and paprika, and southwestern striped mullet.

Recipes and menu ideas: eggplant caponata, southern summer succotash, charred shishito peppers, summer squash gratin, peach glazed chicken thighs, roasted mackerel with garlic and paprika, and southwestern striped mullet. ~~~ Eggplant Caponata About a month ago, eggplants of all kinds and shapes appeared at the farmers market. When I first saw a display of them, …

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Portobello mushrooms layered with prosciutto, provolone cheese, spinach, pepper (red bell and/or poblano) and maybe eggplant too — oh, how I love this recipe. This is one of my favorite Friday night recipes. It’s one of those “raid the refrigerator” recipes. My inspiration was the sight of Portobello mushrooms on sale. I knew I had …

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All you need are supermarket ingredients for eggplant and pork with black bean sauce, a sort of cousin to Chinese mapo eggplant. ~~~ I almost didn’t make this dish from the Closet Cooking blog because I didn’t have all the ingredients, specifically fermented black beans, chili bean paste, fermented bean paste and Szechuan peppercorns. I could …

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Here’s another wow-oh-my-god-I-looove this recipe. I made it last Saturday afternoon. We noshed on it while watching Cliff Lee (Phillies pitcher) hit a home run. Yes, I said pitcher, and yes, he hit the ball, and yes, it was a freaking home run! What a moment! Despite myself, I’m becoming quite a baseball fan. Who …

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