Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Bring out the best in winter’s harvest with this turnip, sweet potato and greens gratin. A comforting, and slightly decadent, side dish for any old weeknight or a special dinner, like Valentine’s Day. ~~~ I’m not a big fan of turnips. I’ll come around I’m sure, but in the meantime, this gratin really helps. You …

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An irresistible pasta recipe made with chicken sausage, kale, onion, garlic, smoked paprika, thyme and chipotle in a sweet potato “cream” sauce. ~~~ For the past few years, I’ve resisted massaging kale. But I’m okay with it now. I had my first kale massaging experience thanks to this pasta dish inspired by a recipe from …

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If you rather try my “deluxe” version with mushrooms, poblano, carrot, onion and bacon, check out Creamed Collards (or Greens) Deluxe. All of a sudden, it’s December. And the holiday season. My brain hasn’t really absorbed that fact. I love this season but I’m not prepared. This week, I’ll rev myself up so, by the …

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This recipe for smoky, spicy collard greens will delight collard lovers and surprise collard haters. So good. ~~~ My world of greens has expanded since belonging to a CSA. I’ve always loved chard, kale and spinach, but this past year I’ve also become fond of turnip greens, beet greens, kohlrabi greens, tatsoi, even radish greens. …

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Here’s a house favorite. Since discovering this recipe on Simply Recipes, I’ve been incapable of making kale any other way. It’s a big hit in our household, even with someone, not me, who never liked kale before. The ingredient amounts are merely suggestions. After you make this once, you’ll be comfortable buying any amount of …

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