Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

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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Gingerbread is the ideal counter cake. It sits on the counter and gets more and more delicious each day. Friends drop by during the holidays, you cut a few slices, and damn it’s good — intensely spiced, moist and tasty. It also goes really well with eggnog. This recipe was developed by Claudia Fleming when …

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My brother Ed, our friend Jasper and Jasper’s father all make a sweet potato and apple casserole for Thanksgiving. I’ve had all three. Each makes his just a bit different than the others. Ed gave me his recipe, but also referred me to a recipe at Food & Wine from Jasper White, not our Jasper. I still …

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“We could not now take time for further search or consideration, our victuals being much spent, especially our beer, and it being now the 19th of December.” Those words from the diary of a Mayflower passenger are attributed to William Bradford who later became the governor of Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. The Mayflower’s original destination …

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