Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Take sweet potato fries, add some pimento cheese and top it all with andouille gravy—that’s southern poutine. ~~~ Last night, as I pinned a recipe for pimento cheese stuffed chicken and yet another recipe for pimento cheese (that makes seven now), I remembered a recipe featuring pimento cheese that I’ve wanted to post here on …

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Ideas for turning your deli meat tray leftovers into breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners. ~~~ If you hosted a Super Bowl party last night, your refrigerator this morning might look a lot like ours—full of leftovers. As we prepared our deli meat and cheese tray, sandwich fixings, wings and guacamole, we figured we would have …

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This healthy cole slaw delivers southwestern flavor without the heaviness of mayonnaise. ~~~ If you’re looking for a dish to bring to a 4th of July cook-out this weekend, I’ve got a contender for you—Southwestern Slaw. Even if someone else brings cole slaw to the party, theirs will probably be full of mayonnaise and not …

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After marinating, this summery shrimp dish takes minutes to put together. Featuring bold flavors of cilantro, scallions, garlic and jalapenos, you can make it in the oven or on the grill. I love green food. Basil pesto or herb pesto, sautéed greens or sugar snap peas, creamed spinach or greens, a big salad, just the …

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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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