Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Spinach with garlic, raisins, pine nuts, and red pepper flakes might seem like a weird combination, but let me tell you, it’s absolutely terrific and quick to put together. ~~~ I’ve been making this dish forever. Where did I first discover it, I wonder. Maybe in a Spanish or Italian restaurant, or one of my …

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This creamed greens recipe includes pancetta, mushrooms, red bell and poblano peppers, onions and carrots. Try it with kale, tatsoi, spinach, collard, turnip or any other greens. ~~~ The creamed greens recipe I posted two months ago is really good, but I kept thinking it could be even better. It could be creamed greens deluxe. …

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This spaghetti squash, sausage and spinach lasagna recipe may cause you to never go back to regular lasagna again. It’s that good. ~~~ The gluten-free and paleo movements have brought a welcome burst of creativity into our kitchens. I follow neither diet but I love how GF or paleo recipe developers have found ways to substitute …

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If you rather try my “deluxe” version with mushrooms, poblano, carrot, onion and bacon, check out Creamed Collards (or Greens) Deluxe. All of a sudden, it’s December. And the holiday season. My brain hasn’t really absorbed that fact. I love this season but I’m not prepared. This week, I’ll rev myself up so, by the …

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Blue cheese is one of those love it or hate it ingredients. I’m in the love camp. If I’m having a salad before dinner, most likely it’s topped with some crumbled blue cheese. The Salemville brand has been on sale lately at Lowes Foods so I’ve been enjoying their Gorgonzola. So creamy with just the …

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Portobello mushrooms layered with prosciutto, provolone cheese, spinach, pepper (red bell and/or poblano) and maybe eggplant too — oh, how I love this recipe. This is one of my favorite Friday night recipes. It’s one of those “raid the refrigerator” recipes. My inspiration was the sight of Portobello mushrooms on sale. I knew I had …

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