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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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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Sicilian-style roasted cauliflower with raisins, garlic, red pepper flakes, capers, lemon, breadcrumbs, parmesan, parsley and more. Fabulous. ~~~ I love dishes that combine a bit of heat with a hint of sweet and a touch of tangy too. This cauliflower dish has it all. The first two times I made this I followed a recipe …

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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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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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A quick Asian-style sauté of black radishes with red bell pepper, garlic, red pepper flakes, cilantro, mirin rice wine and sesame oil — this recipe would work well with other types of radishes too. ~~~ I was never a big radish fan. Even though we always have radishes in our nightly salad, if Jim didn’t …

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