Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

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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Seriously swoonable: kale, chicken sausage, wild rice, Gruyère cheese, mushrooms and caramelized onions baked until golden, crusty perfection.  ~~~ Have you ever had the last bite of leftovers and felt a little sad? Dang, it was so good and now it’s gone. You make a note to self that you MUST make that again soon. Yup, …

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This spaghetti squash, sausage and spinach lasagna recipe may cause you to never go back to regular lasagna again. It’s that good. ~~~ The gluten-free and paleo movements have brought a welcome burst of creativity into our kitchens. I follow neither diet but I love how GF or paleo recipe developers have found ways to substitute …

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A quick weeknight recipe featuring Italian sausage, chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper and herbs. ~~~ I’m starting to think differently about chickpeas aka garbanzo beans. I used to think they were kind of boring, but no, they don’t have to be. Chickpeas add oomph and flavor to dishes, including this recipe for an Italian Sausage …

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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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