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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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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An irresistible pasta recipe made with chicken sausage, kale, onion, garlic, smoked paprika, thyme and chipotle in a sweet potato “cream” sauce. ~~~ For the past few years, I’ve resisted massaging kale. But I’m okay with it now. I had my first kale massaging experience thanks to this pasta dish inspired by a recipe from …

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Kale and sweet potato are two bold ingredients most of us love. Baked together, with a cheese sauce, and onion and garlic, of course, in this gratin recipe, they become even more loved. ~~~ In the past two weeks, we’ve received twenty pounds of sweet potatoes and a few bags of kale from our CSA, In …

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A twist on traditional shepherd’s pie with ground turkey and North Carolina sweet potatoes. ~~~ Last weekend, my hometown in Massachusetts got about three feet of snow. Yesterday it was our turn, except we only got an inch, if that. Big fluffy flakes fell throughout the morning and afternoon, but it took a while for …

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