Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Menu ideas and recipes for herb pesto (lemon basil, Thai basil, mint and cilantro), tilefish, tuna, roast beef, eggplant, potatoes and beets

Menu ideas and recipes for herb pesto (lemon basil, Thai basil, mint and cilantro), tilefish, tuna, roast beef, eggplant, potatoes and beets Lemon basil pesto and southeast Asian-inspired pesto Between my deck garden and CSA share, I can’t keep up with all the herbs coming into my kitchen. I made a pesto with lemon basil …

Continue reading

Recipes and menu ideas for fish with Thai coconut red curry sauce, blackened skipjack tuna, green beans with mushrooms and herbs, shrimp scampi, Southern tomato pie, and pork Milanese.

Recipes and menu ideas: fish with Thai coconut red curry sauce, blackened skipjack tuna, green beans with mushrooms and herbs, shrimp scampi, Southern tomato pie, and pork Milanese. ~~~ Ocean Isle Beach We spent a few days visiting cousins who were vacationing at our regular coastal haunt, Ocean Isle Beach—where I met my honey. Usually …

Continue reading

Tuna is the star in this quick dinner recipe that riffs off Sicilian flavors — fennel, red bell pepper, capers, lemon and herbs. ~~~ Last week I found a decent looking, big piece of tuna on sale at my local supermarket (Lowes Foods). Jim’s not into the usual ahi preparation – seared on the outside, …

Continue reading

A no-mayo potato salad recipe with Sicilian flavors that will have you swooning — bell peppers, red onion, celery, olives, garlic, lemon, sun-dried tomatoes, capers and parsley. ~~~ I found this recipe for Mediterranean Grilled Tuna Steaks with Sicilian Style Potato Salad in an old Rachael Ray magazine a few months ago but never got …

Continue reading

A fabulous no-mayo potato salad recipe with Southwestern flavors like chipotle, bell peppers, tomato, red onion, cilantro. lime and warm spices. ~~~ I love mayonnaise. Too much. However, I live with a mayonnaise hater. He often puts a skull and crossbones on my jar of mayonnaise in the frig. But he’s not the only one; several …

Continue reading

This red wine braised lamb shank recipe served over polenta is absolutely swoonable — one of my favorite winter recipes. You’ve been good, treat yourself. ~~~ Confess. How many of you peek into the bargain meat section at your supermarket? No one? I admit, it’s sometimes scary, but I take a look when I’m in the …

Continue reading