Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Impress your family (and yourself) with these pork chops stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach — a fantastic recipe. If you have time to brine the chops, they’ll be tender and juicy. ~~~ The first time I made this dish – a Giada recipe – the stuffing was fabulous, but the pork, although nicely browned, …

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Hoisin pork with Napa cabbage is a quick, weeknight favorite of ours. It’s a great recipe for chicken too! ~~~ Fine Cooking has always been a reliable source of good recipes. I used to get the magazine but, as a tactic to tame my outlandish food magazine library, I stopped subscribing. Plus, online, I can get …

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All you need are supermarket ingredients for eggplant and pork with black bean sauce, a sort of cousin to Chinese mapo eggplant. ~~~ I almost didn’t make this dish from the Closet Cooking blog because I didn’t have all the ingredients, specifically fermented black beans, chili bean paste, fermented bean paste and Szechuan peppercorns. I could …

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How do you feel about meat and fruit? It’s a dinner deal-breaker for some of my friends, but I love the sweet and savory combination. I found this recipe on the Bitchin’ Camero blog – yes, that’s the name of Melissa Camero Ainslie’s cooking blog, don’t knock it, subscribe instead, she posts some great recipes. …

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