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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This healthy cole slaw delivers southwestern flavor without the heaviness of mayonnaise. ~~~ If you’re looking for a dish to bring to a 4th of July cook-out this weekend, I’ve got a contender for you—Southwestern Slaw. Even if someone else brings cole slaw to the party, theirs will probably be full of mayonnaise and not …

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This chickpea salad features roasted red bell peppers, toasted pita, cucumbers, walnuts, raisins and capers with a spicy, herby, bold dressing. ~~~ Charmoula (or chermoula) is the star of this chickpea salad. According to NPR: “Born in Morocco, chermoula is a blend of spices like coriander and cumin along with fresh chilies, giving it a …

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Gnocchi with butternut squash and kale is one of the most delicious dishes I’ve made lately. It’s a quick recipe that will leave you swooning. ~~~ Last Friday night, Jim said those magical words to me. “This is better than a restaurant.” Now, it’s true the guy doesn’t get out much but I’ll take that …

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Bring out the best in winter’s harvest with this turnip, sweet potato and greens gratin. A comforting, and slightly decadent, side dish for any old weeknight or a special dinner, like Valentine’s Day. ~~~ I’m not a big fan of turnips. I’ll come around I’m sure, but in the meantime, this gratin really helps. You …

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