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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I know this might sound weird. And it’s not that pretty. But it’s delicious. I first spotted this recipe on The Bitten Word blog. They found it on the Bon Appétit site. The Bitten Word guys made some changes to the original Bon Appétit recipe, but they still weren’t that impressed. I was convinced there …

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Baked cod or salmon, spicy sausage and white beans — if you haven’t ever tried that combination of flavors, please do, it will become a favorite recipe, especially for chilly evenings. ~~~ Fish and sausage?! Does that sound weird to you? If you’re of Portuguese descent, you’re saying, oh no, not weird at all. The Portuguese …

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