Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Menu ideas and recipes for oysters, shrimp, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, challah, roast beef and carrots

Menu ideas and recipes for oysters, shrimp, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, challah, roast beef and carrots Thanksgiving feasting Since Jim and I were on our own for Thanksgiving, we enjoyed a different kind of feast. I started by slurping down North Carolina oysters on the half shell—the perfect snack while making a few sides and our …

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Menu ideas and recipes for Brussels sprouts, oysters, linguiça, bluefish, tilefish and dogfish… Oyster and linguiça bake The kitchen highlight of the week was Louisiana oyster and linguiça bake, an Emeril Lagasse recipe. The recipe doesn’t call for linguiça—a garlic paprika Portuguese sausage—but that’s what I always use. I know Emeril would approve because he’s …

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I spent an enjoyable few hours on Friday afternoon at Fullsteam brewery in Durham, NC drinking half pints of their exquisite brews: sweet potato lager (both regular and sour-mashed), persimmon winter ale, accompanied by cookies from South Durham Confection Company created specifically for this brew (what a match, swoon), and hickory-smoked porter. Sean Wilson, Fullsteam’s …

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