Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Menu ideas and recipes for flounder, swordfish, crudités, linguica, clams, blueberries and buttermilk.

Menu ideas and recipes for flounder, swordfish, crudités, linguica, clams, pasta, blueberries and buttermilk. Flounder and swordfish If you’re not the kind of person who scarfs up all the crumbs from the bottom of a potato chip bag (ahem), then you can save them for potato chip flounder. Otherwise, do what I did and buy …

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Menu ideas and recipes for catfish, pasta, summer squash, short ribs, basil pesto and kohlrabi

Menu ideas and recipes for catfish, pasta, summer squash, short ribs, basil pesto and kohlrabi Spicy southwestern pasta Thinking I didn’t have enough prepared fish for a second night of fish tacos, I baked catfish fillets with a rub of ancho chile powder, chipotle powder, cumin, coriander, dried oregano and salt. But I was wrong …

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Recipes and menu ideas for flounder, shrimp, okra, macaroni and cheese, bluefish, mahi mahi, butter beans, green tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli stems, tomato paste, greens, gingerbread coffee syrup and cider cocktail.

Recipes and menu ideas for flounder, shrimp, okra, macaroni and cheese, bluefish, mahi mahi, butter beans, green tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli stems, tomato paste, greens, gingerbread coffee syrup and cider cocktail. ~~~ Fish and Shrimp Here’s a recipe that takes some time—save this for a weekend night when you want to spoil yourself. One of the …

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Spinach with garlic, raisins, pine nuts, and red pepper flakes might seem like a weird combination, but let me tell you, it’s absolutely terrific and quick to put together. ~~~ I’ve been making this dish forever. Where did I first discover it, I wonder. Maybe in a Spanish or Italian restaurant, or one of my …

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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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An irresistible pasta recipe made with chicken sausage, kale, onion, garlic, smoked paprika, thyme and chipotle in a sweet potato “cream” sauce. ~~~ For the past few years, I’ve resisted massaging kale. But I’m okay with it now. I had my first kale massaging experience thanks to this pasta dish inspired by a recipe from …

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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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gorgonzola pasta with spinach and mushrooms - blue cheese

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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