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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Curious lamb - inspiration for menu ideas and recipes for ground lamb, eggplant, kale, chard, striped bass, carrots, broccoli stems, almaco jack, arborio rice, green beans, and butternut squash

Menu ideas and recipes for ground lamb, eggplant, kale, chard, striped bass, carrots, broccoli stems, almaco jack, arborio rice, green beans, and butternut squash Shepherd’s pie One of my favorite flavor combos is lamb and eggplant, so this shepherd’s pie recipe in Bon Appétit caught my eye. I used ground lamb instead of shoulder so …

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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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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 catfish, grits, yellowfin tuna, black drum, grouper, sourdough bread, corn and greens

Menu ideas and recipes for catfish, grits, yellowfin tuna, black drum, grouper, sourdough bread, corn and greens Two fish recipes—including the hot highlight of the week Our highlight of the week was hot catfish with cheesy grits from Suwannee Rose, her inspired take on Nashville hot chicken. I made my favorite grits recipe—that link also …

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pork chop with tomato gravy

Recipes and menu ideas for dogfish, red (vermillion) snapper, yellowfin tuna, mackerel, salmon, collards, okra, bacon jam, corn, kale, eggplant, chicken, pork chops with tomato gravy, pancakes, pickled eggs and boiled peanuts. ~~~ Phew, it’s been a wild few weeks. We spent a week hiking in northern Arizona and then came home to Hurricane Florence. …

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Gnocchi with butternut squash and kale is one of the most delicious dishes I’ve made lately. It’s a quick recipe that will leave you swooning. ~~~ Last Friday night, Jim said those magical words to me. “This is better than a restaurant.” Now, it’s true the guy doesn’t get out much but I’ll take that …

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