Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

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 …

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My maternal grandmother was Lithuanian and she was definitely the family matriarch. We spent many weekends and most holidays with her, grandpa (the Irish one) and lots of aunts, uncles and cousins. Grandma was always trying to fatten us up and lived in a neighborhood full of bakeries (Lithuanian, Portuguese and Italian) in east Cambridge …

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The other day my boyfriend said he had a culinary challenge for me. I imagined some large hunk of meat awaiting my mishandling – big pieces of meat are not my strong suit. I was relieved to see a large container of Brussels sprouts. He doesn’t like Brussels sprouts but said he was willing to …

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