Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Walnut pesto with shiitake and cremini mushrooms, chicken apple sausage and whole wheat penne — one of my favorite quick pasta recipes. ~~~ Now that we have a chest freezer, I’m going a little nuts. Literally. I went to Trader Joe’s and loaded up on pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts. There’s something comforting (to …

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Blue cheese is one of those love it or hate it ingredients. I’m in the love camp. If I’m having a salad before dinner, most likely it’s topped with some crumbled blue cheese. The Salemville brand has been on sale lately at Lowes Foods so I’ve been enjoying their Gorgonzola. So creamy with just the …

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One pot is all you need to make this chicken and mushrooms recipe for dinner. The creamy sauce is enhanced with onion, garlic, basil, thyme, Parmesan and chicken broth. So good. ~~~ Don’t you love it when you find a recipe that you know will become part of your regular repertoire? This chicken and mushroom dish …

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I’ve been receiving Cook’s Illustrated magazine for more than a decade thanks to a yearly Christmas subscription from my parents. I don’t throw away the old issues because I keep going back to them. The recipes never fail. In fact, they are usually sensational. Last month, I cooked several recipes from the September/October issues. They …

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Portobello mushrooms layered with prosciutto, provolone cheese, spinach, pepper (red bell and/or poblano) and maybe eggplant too — oh, how I love this recipe. This is one of my favorite Friday night recipes. It’s one of those “raid the refrigerator” recipes. My inspiration was the sight of Portobello mushrooms on sale. I knew I had …

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Last week I had an at-home retreat. I mentioned I was doing a retreat in my previous post, and wrote about my experience yesterday at my other blog, Reid All About It. I didn’t have to cook dinner until Thursday night because my leftovers lasted until then. I thought I’d cook something new and vegetarian …

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