Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Recipes and menu ideas for fish with Thai coconut red curry sauce, blackened skipjack tuna, green beans with mushrooms and herbs, shrimp scampi, Southern tomato pie, and pork Milanese.

Recipes and menu ideas: fish with Thai coconut red curry sauce, blackened skipjack tuna, green beans with mushrooms and herbs, shrimp scampi, Southern tomato pie, and pork Milanese. ~~~ Ocean Isle Beach We spent a few days visiting cousins who were vacationing at our regular coastal haunt, Ocean Isle Beach—where I met my honey. Usually …

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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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