Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

A satisfying gumbo for chilly nights, just the recipe to celebrate Mardi Gras, with chicken thighs, sausage (chicken or turkey sausage is what I use), shrimp and veggies. ~~~ With a bag full of okra in my refrigerator, it was time to make gumbo. I’ve never cooked with okra. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten much …

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A classic pasta recipe with spicy Italian sausage, bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, garlic and herbs. Soul food. ~~~ I never intended to write a post about last night’s dinner, fettuccine with Italian sausage and peppers, because I made it with a jar of spaghetti sauce. I didn’t think a “semi-homemade” recipe merited a blog post. …

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I’m still cooking with beer in the Grabbing the Gusto kitchen. Just like wine, broths, juices and vinegars, beer adds flavor to a dish. And with dozens of beer styles, you have a large selection of flavors to choose from. It’s a cooking ingredient as well as one of my favorite beverages. That’s why I …

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Many in the culinary world, and even home cooks, look down their nose at Rachael Ray, but I don’t. She is who she is. She doesn’t pretend to be a chef, she knows she’s not. She’s simply a gal who loves food, loves to cook and loves telling stories. You’re either going to like hanging …

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