Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

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 eggplant, yellowfin tuna, salmon, sweet potatoes and green beans

Menu ideas and recipes for eggplant, yellowfin tuna, salmon, sweet potatoes and green beans Eggplant lasagna Nearly every week, I’ve been getting eggplant in my CSA share. Instead of my usual eggplant and sweet peppers (plus red onion, garlic, basil and red wine vinegar) dish, I made eggplant lasagna. I did miss the texture and …

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Menu ideas and recipes for shrimp, striped mullet, vermilion snapper, summer squash, zucchini and basil pesto

Menu ideas and recipes for shrimp, striped mullet, vermilion snapper, summer squash, zucchini and basil pesto The best shrimp and grits I know, I know, I always say that, but if you’ve ever made this shrimp and grits recipe, you know it’s true. And if not, once you do, you’ll never be satisfied with any …

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Menu ideas and recipes for carrot tops, flounder, shrimp, ground pork, green beans, delicata squash and mushrooms

Menu ideas and recipes for carrot tops, flounder, shrimp, ground pork, green beans, delicata squash and mushrooms Flounder with carrot top pesto I hate wasting food so I sauté all kinds of greens, use broccoli stems (and leaves), and occasionally make pesto from carrot tops. Recently, I topped baked flounder with carrot top pesto mixed …

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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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Menu ideas and recipes for snapper, fig jam, catfish, corn, skirt steak, eggplant, peppers and blackberries

Menu ideas and recipes for snapper, fig jam, catfish, corn, skirt steak, eggplant, peppers and blackberries Snapper and catfish Thanks to my sister-in-law’s fig harvest, we enjoyed baked vermillion snapper topped with fig chipotle jam. I doctored up the jam with shallots and chipotle per the recipe. Enjoying the last of corn season, on another …

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Menu ideas and recipes for swordfish, salmon, zucchini, green beans and boiled peanuts

Menu ideas and recipes for swordfish, salmon, zucchini, green beans and boiled peanuts Swordfish with red chimichurri This smoky red chimichurri recipe is great on baked swordfish—and I’ve also made it for tilefish and dogfish. Tomorrow, I’m tossing the leftover chimichurri with roasted potatoes. Let nothing go to waste! (Or at least try not to.) …

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Menu ideas and recipes for striped bass, bluefish, striped mullet (or any fish), linguiça, chouriço, jalapeños, spaghetti squash and pesto

Menu ideas and recipes for striped bass, bluefish, striped mullet (or any fish), linguiça, chouriço, jalapeños, spaghetti squash and pesto Portuguese fish skillet Last weekend, I made what I call “Portuguese fish skillet” with bluefish, striped mullet and linguiça. I had to pull out the ginormous 14” deep pan for this excellent meal. Here’s my …

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