Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

It’s citrus season. Get your Meyer lemons—I got a dozen yesterday—and blood oranges while they’re still around. Sweet potatoes should be plentiful in your market—they’re on sale here in the state which produces more sweet potatoes than any other. And what goes with sweet potatoes? Collards! If you see a sign for frost-kissed collards, grab …

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Spaghetti squash tossed with fresh herbs, tomatoes, onions, garlic, Parmesan and other goodness – it’s like a pasta and a vegetable combined in one. ~~~ We’re CSA-less this summer. Ben and Patricia of In Good Heart Farm, our longtime CSA, had been leasing land for their farm only ten minutes away from our house. But, …

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You’ll want to eat this sauce right from the pan—an easy weeknight chicken dinner perfect for blueberry season, or whenever blueberries are in your freezer. ~~~ I’m a big fan of dishes that combine sweet and savory with a touch of salty or spicy, like poultry or pork with fruit. In the winter, I love …

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A quick dinner of chicken, asparagus and warm spices that’s full of color and flavor. Now that asparagus is in season again, we’re having it at least once a week. Depending where you shop, you can find local asparagus, and it’s not so pricey this time of year, at least not in most markets. I …

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Take sweet potato fries, add some pimento cheese and top it all with andouille gravy—that’s southern poutine. ~~~ Last night, as I pinned a recipe for pimento cheese stuffed chicken and yet another recipe for pimento cheese (that makes seven now), I remembered a recipe featuring pimento cheese that I’ve wanted to post here on …

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Ideas for turning your deli meat tray leftovers into breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners. ~~~ If you hosted a Super Bowl party last night, your refrigerator this morning might look a lot like ours—full of leftovers. As we prepared our deli meat and cheese tray, sandwich fixings, wings and guacamole, we figured we would have …

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