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Hot and Smoky Baked Beans

Courtesy of Deirdre Reid and her blog “Grabbing the Gusto” I might have a thing for baked beans, maybe because I grew up in Massachusetts where I swear we had franks, beans and brown bread every Saturday night. This recipe from Bon Appetit has been a winner twice in the last month or so, both times for family cook-outs. It has a bit of smoky heat from the chipotles (don’t they make everything better?), sweetness, bacon and beer — everything good beans need! I made it once in the oven and once in the crockpot. It’s a keeper. If you don’t use all the chipotle and sauce in the can, save it, either for a little time in the refrigerator or in the freezer. Once you know you have it ready to go, you’ll … Read entire article »

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Corn Salad and Plum Clafouti

Courtesy of Deirdre Reid and her blog “Grabbing the Gusto” Corn on the cob season is here! My guy was making ribs so I thought corn salad would be the perfect accompaniment to them. I have a corn salad recipe somewhere but since I couldn’t put my hands on it I took a look at some online recipes and relied on my memory to make what turned out to be a yummy dish. Corn Salad Ingredients — sorry, no real specifics, just eyeball what looks right to you 4 slices of bacon chopped red onion minced garlic 5 ears corn lima beans — frozen okay, thawed chopped red bell pepper chopped cherry or grape tomatoes vinegar — my old recipe called for champagne vinegar (can substitute rice wine vinegar for that), I used red wine vinegar chopped basil salt and pepper Cook the bacon … Read entire article »

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Chicken & Chickpea Curry Stew with Spicy Slaw

Courtesy of Deirdre Reid and her blog “Grabbing the Gusto” I found my dinner earlier this week at Kalyn’s Kitchen — a blog that I subscribe too because of her healthy recipes. I made her Ground Chicken & Chickpea Curry Stew with Yogurt & Cilantro, and served it with brown rice and her Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime & Cilantro. Here’s how I did it. Yes, it looked like that – photo from Kalyn’s Kitchen Ground Chicken & Chickpea Curry Stew Olive oil 1-1/4# ground chicken (or turkey) 1 lg onion, chopped chopped garlic to taste (my addition) 2 Tbsp sweet curry powder 1 – 14.5 oz can petite tomatoes with juice 1 – 15.5 oz can chickpeas, drained 12 oz strained fat-free yogurt (get the excess liquid out, then measure), or 12 oz fat-free Greek yogurt salt and pepper 1/4 cup or more chopped cilantro Heat … Read entire article »

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Chipotle Chicken Burritos

Courtesy of Deirdre Reid and her blog “Grabbing the Gusto” This is a keeper! I changed the name of this recipe from Chili Chicken Tacos because I went heavy on the chipotle and that brought it to a whole new level. I made it in a crockpot because I had all afternoon and wanted a nice slow cook, but I bet you could make this on the stove too. The link to the original recipe that serves four is below. I made a little less. Two of us pigged out and had a little bit of leftovers. Chipotle Chicken Burritos 1-1/4# boneless skinless chicken thighs 1 sm onion, sliced, sauteed 3 lg garlic cloves, sliced, sautéed with onion ¾ c tomato salsa 2-3 chipotle chiles in adobo plus extra sauce, chopped ½ tbsp chili powder Salt and pepper to … Read entire article »

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Spicy Stuffed Jalapenos

Courtesy of Deirdre Reid and her blog “Grabbing the Gusto” My guy loves jalapenos, especially pickled jalapenos. He snacks on them right from the jar. No daytrip to the beach is complete without pickled jalapenos and boiled peanuts. I’m guessing this is a southern thing because I never had a boiled peanut before when he introduced me to them on my first visit to Ocean Isle Beach a few years ago. I have to admit, now I too love pickled jalapenos. For the Superbowl he was going to make his usual grilled jalapenos stuffed with cheese and topped with bacon, but he found this recipe in an email from BJ’s Wholesale Club and decided to make them instead. They were much more delicious and satisfying than the usual grilled jalapenos Guy Fieri’s Italian … Read entire article »

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Clam Chowder with Sweet Potato Fries

Courtesy of Deirdre Reid and her blog “Grabbing the Gusto” The cold weather this weekend put me in the mood for clam chowder. Somewhere I have a tried and true recipe. Somewhere. I found a recipe I liked the looks of on the Eating Well magazine site so I gave it a try. It’s a winner and probably has a lower fat content than my old recipe. Eating Well is my favorite healthy eating magazine. I used to subscribe to Cooking Light too but their recipes used too much processed food and that’s not the way I usually cook. Eating Well has articles about nutrition and ingredients with a slant toward local, seasonal and sustainable food. I made a few changes to this recipe that I put in parentheses. New England Clam Chowder 2 … Read entire article »

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Banana Bread

Courtesy of Deirdre Reid and her blog “Grabbing the Gusto” Bananas are a staple in my kitchen. Great for potassium. And peanut butter, banana and honey sandwiches. And topping a bowl of cereal. But the last two of the bunch are sometimes too ripe by the time I’m ready to eat them. And this means banana bread! I smoosh them up with a fork and put them in a container in the frig (or freezer) until I’m ready to bake. I’ve been using this recipe from Cooking Light for a long time. It’s supposedly “light” but I think that will depend on how many slices you have. I’ve made some changes to the recipe that I’ve put in parentheses. Classic Banana Bread 2 cups all-purpose flour (or 1 cup all-purpose and 1 cup whole wheat … Read entire article »

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Old School Memories – Chicken Parmigiana

Courtesy of Deirdre Reid and her blog “Grabbing the Gusto” Time flew away from me the other night and all of a sudden it was 7:00 pm, I was hungry and I hadn’t even thought about dinner. I had chicken breasts ready to go but no inspiration. So, as usually happens in these situations, I fall back to what I know from my Italian restaurant days – menus that are imprinted in my brain. That usually means pasta, but when I opened the frig I saw tomato sauce, grated parmigiano and mozzarella. Inspired! Chicken parmigiana, the old-school Italian-American menu staple. My first waiting job was the summer between my freshman and sophomore years in college. That was also the last summer I spent home in Massachusetts. My dad pulled some strings and … Read entire article »

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Roasting Vegetables – Brussel Sprouts and Potatoes

Courtesy of Deirdre Reid and her blog “Grabbing the Gusto” The other day my boyfriend said he had a culinary challenge for me. I was imagining some large hunk of meat awaiting my mishandling – big pieces of meat are not my strong suit. I was relieved to see a large container of Brussels sprouts. He doesn’t like Brussels sprouts but said he was willing to give them another try. roasted Brussels sprouts – flickr/KitAy  Unlike many, I’ve always loved Brussels sprouts. Roasting has become my favorite way to prepare them. I also like sautéing shredded Brussels sprouts (with pancetta and garlic) if I’m in a chopping mood. But the ease of roasting them has won me over. It’s real simple. Slice off a bit of each end where the hard bit of the … Read entire article »

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Maple Orange Chicken

Courtesy of Deirdre Reid and her blog “Grabbing the Gusto” I love Sunday mornings – CBS Sunday Morning, the Sunday paper, lots of coffee and a big breakfast. If printed newspapers completely disappear, I will definitely mourn the loss of that part of my Sunday tradition. The Raleigh paper, The News & Observer, is pretty thin compared to my fat Sunday Washington Posts of yore, but I’m glad they’re still in business. One thing hasn’t changed much over the years — the Parade magazine. Admit it, you too scan Walter Scott’s Personality Parade for answers to burning questions about old figure skaters and film stars. I also always peruse the food and recipe section, sometimes seeing potential dishes but never cutting out any to try, until last Sunday. Dorie Greenspan featured a recipe for Maple-Orange … Read entire article »

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