Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Sardine cans - Menu ideas and recipes for oysters, shrimp, Portuguese sausage, greens, broccoli, carrots, almaco jack, striped mullet, catfish, and sardines

Menu ideas and recipes for oysters, shrimp, Portuguese sausage, greens, broccoli, carrots, almaco jack, striped mullet, catfish, and sardines Portugal meets Louisiana, thanks to Emeril Here’s one of those Sunday “don’t-go-back-for-thirds-because-we’re-having-this-again-on-Tuesday” dinners: an oyster, shrimp and chouriço bake inspired by Emeril Lagasse. I adapted it this time by using Portuguese chouriço instead of andouille, steaming …

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Ribbonfish head - Menu ideas and recipes for shad roe, chicken thighs, sourdough, kale, greens, red cabbage, ribbonfish, black sea bass, and sweet potatoes

Menu ideas and recipes for shad roe, chicken thighs, sourdough, kale, greens, red cabbage, ribbonfish, black sea bass, and sweet potatoes An early springtime celebration In North Carolina, it’s shad roe season for the next week or two. Last year, I waited too long and missed out, so I bought a set last week for …

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Jalapenos - Menu ideas and recipes for ground chorizo, sweet potatoes, greens, striped bass, jalapeño, Brussels sprouts, shrimp, collards, potatoes, and cauliflower

Menu ideas and recipes for ground chorizo, sweet potatoes, greens, striped bass, jalapeño, Brussels sprouts, shrimp, collards, potatoes, and cauliflower Chorizo, sweet potato and greens skillet Last Thursday, I made a ground chorizo, sweet potato, and chard skillet—an excellent choice for a weeknight since I only had to focus on one dish and wash one …

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Oysters -- Menu ideas for chicken, prosciutto, sage, striped bass, kale, sweet potatoes, shrimp, pizza, and oysters

Menu ideas for chicken, prosciutto, sage, striped bass, kale, sweet potatoes, shrimp, pizza, and oysters Chicken saltimbocca I haven’t had chicken saltimbocca in I don’t know how long, so I bought some prosciutto and provolone, picked some sage, and followed a recipe from Leite’s Culinaria. I didn’t have semolina, so I used flour instead, and …

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Menu ideas and recipes for flounder, bison, pasta, collard greens, eggs and leftovers

Menu ideas and recipes for flounder, bison, pasta, collard greens, eggs and leftovers Bright sunny fish for cold days I love discovering new fish preps since I get two pounds of fish every week from Locals Seafood. This weirdly named but excellent Bon Appétit recipe for green seasoning baked cod (flounder in my case) tasted …

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Menu ideas and recipes for black drum, yellowfin tuna, eggplant, sweet potatoes, pasta, gorgonzola, smoked salmon, greens and root vegetables

Menu ideas and recipes for black drum, yellowfin tuna, eggplant, sweet potatoes, pasta, gorgonzola, smoked salmon, greens and root vegetables Brazilian fish stew This moqueca de peixe (Brazilian fish stew) recipe is from Jessica Harris, a respected culinary historian and cookbook author. Oh my, we loved this stew—I made it with black drum fillets. No …

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Menu ideas and recipes for chicken, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, polenta, mushrooms, greens, chickpeas, yellowfin tuna and black drum

Menu ideas and recipes for chicken, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, polenta, mushrooms, greens, chickpeas, yellowfin tuna and black drum Embrace the cozy—and cranberries When it gets cold, I start thinking about cranberries—childhood conditioning, I guess. The star of our Sunday dinner was cranberry chicken parmesan. It may sound weird but it’s really good. While eating the …

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Menu ideas and recipes for ground lamb, baked pasta, greens, vermilion snapper, speckled trout and sourdough discard

Menu ideas and recipes for ground lamb, baked pasta, greens, vermilion snapper, speckled trout and sourdough discard Pasta and greens comfort Our Election Night tradition is a big plate of cheesy baked pasta. This year, I went with a recipe for Baked Rigatoni with Lamb Ragu from Ina Garten’s new cookbook, Modern Comfort Food. Oh …

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Menu ideas and recipes for tuna, catfish, mackerel, drum, flounder, chickpeas, ground beef, greens, root vegetables, green beans, carrots, eggplant and peppers

Menu ideas and recipes for tuna, catfish, mackerel, drum, flounder, chickpeas, ground beef, greens, root vegetables, green beans, carrots, eggplant and peppers Gusto fell off my weekend to-do list while we were on vacation and I just now noticed. Whoops! The new tuna noodle casserole While we were away, my weekly fish share was frozen …

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Menu ideas and recipes for ground beef and pork, collards, amberjack, yellowfin tuna, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers

Menu ideas and recipes for ground beef and pork, collards, amberjack, yellowfin tuna, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers Gochujang burgers To prepare for the inevitable long days when I’ll have no time to cook, I made up a double recipe of these spicy Korean-style gochujang burgers (instead of meatballs) for the freezer. Spicy peanut pork and …

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