Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Menu ideas and recipes for crab, shrimp, calamari, garlic bread, corned beef, cheese danish, Christmas cookies, sticky toffee pudding, amberjack, snapper and burgers

Menu ideas and recipes for crab, shrimp, calamari, garlic bread, corned beef, cheese danish, Christmas cookies, sticky toffee pudding, amberjack, snapper and burgers Holiday seafood dinners The highlight of our holiday feasts was creamy baked crab cannelloni on Christmas Eve—a Giada recipe. Wow wow wow, it exceeded my expectations. On the side, broccoli roasted with …

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Menu ideas and recipes for oysters, shrimp, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, challah, roast beef and carrots

Menu ideas and recipes for oysters, shrimp, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, challah, roast beef and carrots Thanksgiving feasting Since Jim and I were on our own for Thanksgiving, we enjoyed a different kind of feast. I started by slurping down North Carolina oysters on the half shell—the perfect snack while making a few sides and our …

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Menu ideas and recipes for shrimp, striped mullet, vermilion snapper, summer squash, zucchini and basil pesto

Menu ideas and recipes for shrimp, striped mullet, vermilion snapper, summer squash, zucchini and basil pesto The best shrimp and grits I know, I know, I always say that, but if you’ve ever made this shrimp and grits recipe, you know it’s true. And if not, once you do, you’ll never be satisfied with any …

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Menu ideas and recipes for carrot tops, flounder, shrimp, ground pork, green beans, delicata squash and mushrooms

Menu ideas and recipes for carrot tops, flounder, shrimp, ground pork, green beans, delicata squash and mushrooms Flounder with carrot top pesto I hate wasting food so I sauté all kinds of greens, use broccoli stems (and leaves), and occasionally make pesto from carrot tops. Recently, I topped baked flounder with carrot top pesto mixed …

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Menu ideas and recipes for shrimp, spice/herb mixes, pork, peaches, peppers, chouriço and vegetables

Menu ideas and recipes for shrimp, spice/herb mixes, pork, peaches, peppers, chouriço and vegetables Swooning over summer scampi The highlight of the week, hands down, was summer shrimp scampi with tomatoes, corn, red onion and basil. My god, this was good. The extra butter I added at the end didn’t hurt. I’m making this again …

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Menu ideas and recipes for shrimp, shrimp broth, kohlrabi, amberjack, ground pork, frozen peas and corn, and sweet potatoes Quick shrimp dinner, plus a broth recipe We’re starting to get North Carolina shrimp again in our seafood share. This simple yet excellent cumin-lime shrimp with ginger recipe doesn’t take long to make once you’ve shelled …

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Recipes and menu ideas for flounder, shrimp, okra, macaroni and cheese, bluefish, mahi mahi, butter beans, green tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli stems, tomato paste, greens, gingerbread coffee syrup and cider cocktail.

Recipes and menu ideas for flounder, shrimp, okra, macaroni and cheese, bluefish, mahi mahi, butter beans, green tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli stems, tomato paste, greens, gingerbread coffee syrup and cider cocktail. ~~~ Fish and Shrimp Here’s a recipe that takes some time—save this for a weekend night when you want to spoil yourself. One of the …

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Recipes and menu ideas for fish (red porgy, amberjack, triggerfish, grunt and snapper), shrimp scampi, shrimp broth, succotash, greens, roasted root vegetables (sweet potatoes and butternut squash).

Recipes and menu ideas for fish (red porgy, amberjack, triggerfish, grunt and snapper), shrimp scampi, shrimp broth, succotash, greens, roasted root vegetables (sweet potatoes and butternut squash). ~~~ I’m writing this in the dark. [I wrote this on Thursday.] The tropical storm knocked out our power. At least, it didn’t knock over any trees. I …

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Recipes and menu ideas for shrimp burgers, shrimp broth, dill pickle potato salad, four-bean salad, creamed collard gratin, oven-fried parmesan green beans, pink-eyed peas, striped mullet, tilefish, and pork Milanese—plus adventures with plant-based burgers.

Recipes and menu ideas for shrimp burgers, shrimp broth, dill pickle potato salad, four-bean salad, creamed collard gratin, oven-fried parmesan green beans, pink-eyed peas, striped mullet, tilefish, and pork Milanese—plus adventures with plant-based burgers. ~~~ Local shrimp goodness I only buy North Carolina shrimp—oh, here she goes on her soapbox again. Nothing against shrimp from …

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