Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

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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Here’s one of those I-don’t-have-a-clue-what-to-make-but-it-has-to-be-fast dinners. You’ll need boneless skinless chicken breasts (or pork cutlets) on hand, but you likely have all the other ingredients in your cupboard and refrigerator. As you would suspect from the name, this style of preparing a cutlet comes from Milan, Italy. Over there, menus often feature a giant cutlet of veal …

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My brother Ed made this for the first time for me back in the 90’s. Ever since, it’s been the dish I make when I have leftover vegetables and cilantro in the refrigerator and a craving for comfort food. I use the word “Thai” here with some literary license. Although I’ve had peanut and sesame …

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Do you have a repertoire of pastas that you return to again and again? Pastas that don’t require much brain effort? Pastas are my soul food. I may be Irish-Lithuanian but I think all those years growing up in southern Massachusetts amidst Italians, visits to the Italian bakery in my grandparents’ East Cambridge neighborhood, and …

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Chicken Parmesan or Parmigiana is a classic, comfort food recipe that’s easy and quick enough to make for a weeknight dinner. Serve with spaghetti or linguine marinara on the side. Garlic bread would be nice too. And red wine. ~~ Time flew away from me the other night and all of a sudden it was 7:00 …

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