Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

flounder piccata, this person took way too many capers - plus menu ideas and recipes for flounder, lemons, zucchini, black sea bass, oysters, asparagus, and broccoli

Menu ideas and recipes for flounder, lemons, zucchini, black sea bass, oysters, asparagus, and broccoli Flounder piccata I took advantage of two pounds of flounder in the freezer and made enough flounder piccata for two nights. I gave myself extra points because I had plenty of leftovers for two lunches too. I love piccata sauce—lemon …

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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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Lasagna ready to serve - inspiration for menu ideas and recipes for lasagna, broccoli, swordfish, butternut squash, and green beans

Menu ideas and recipes for lasagna, broccoli, swordfish, butternut squash, and green beans Lasagna The highlight of the week: lasagna. Lasagna never lets you down.* I’ve been tweaking this recipe over the years: ground beef and Italian sausage, basil pesto ricotta mix, marinara, and mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan cheese. *I changed my mind. Sometimes, if …

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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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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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A cow in a field -- Menu ideas and recipes for beef, sourdough, flounder, bigeye tuna, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and tuna salad

Menu ideas and recipes for beef, sourdough, flounder, bigeye tuna, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and tuna salad A classic from Anthony Bourdain As winter heads out, we enjoyed a stellar boeuf bourguignon on Sunday night. I adapted Anthony Bourdain’s recipe from his Les Halles Cookbook—sigh, I miss my old pretend boyfriend—by adding mushrooms and herbes de …

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Prep for speckled trout ala Mummy Lorraine plus Menu ideas and recipes for ground lamb, eggplant, broccoli rabe, speckled sea trout, green beans, vegetables and pesto

Menu ideas and recipes for ground lamb, eggplant, broccoli rabe, speckled sea trout, green beans, vegetables, and pesto Sunday dinner: moussaka The dinner highlight of our week was a moussaka recipe from Bon Appétit. In an attempt to save time, I broiled the eggplant slices instead of roasting them, but I’m not sure I saved …

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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 chicken, rice, sea bass, flounder, broccoli, flank steak, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, duck fat and potatoes

Menu ideas and recipes for chicken, rice, sea bass, flounder, broccoli, flank steak, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, duck fat and potatoes One-pot fish dinner When I saw this one-pot gingery chicken and rice with peanut sauce recipe, I thought, hmm, I’ll do it with fish instead. I was going to add fillets of black sea …

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