Vegetables

Spicy Corn Fritters with Raita

Spicy Corn Fritters with Raita

Corn, or maize, is a traditional ingredient of comfort foods in my native American South. Although less complete nutritionally than several other grains, corn makes up for this with its versatility. Dried and milled, it’s used for our beloved cornbread, spoon bread, and hoecakes. Processed through the 3,000-year-old technique of […]

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Roasted Pepper Pasta, Puttanesca Style

Roasted Pepper Pasta, Puttanesca Style

Sometimes the best laid dinner plans go awry. For example, how often have you arrived home late after a busy day to find a scenario similar to the following? Junior was hungry and made an afternoon snack of last night’s leftover meatloaf, which you intended to serve for dinner tonight. […]

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Succotash Chili with Coconut Milk

Succotash Chili with Coconut Milk

Winter is on its way out where I live in Florida, and I’m already regretting it. Before you question my sanity, let me clarify that winter here is typically a three-month cool break from the steamy conditions that prevail during the rest of the year. It’s the season when I […]

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A Cheese (Hold the Beef) Burger

A Cheese (Hold the Beef) Burger

If you’re a North American of a certain age, you’ll recall a mid-1980s series of commercials in which a popular fast foods chain disparaged the allegedly puny size of its competitors’ burgers by asking, “Where’s the beef?” You’d have good cause to ask in the case of this particular burger […]

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Ratatouille Bisque with Parmesan Croutons

Ratatouille Bisque with Parmesan Croutons

Developing new recipe ideas for this blog is a joy, but, as in other aspects of life, sometimes the creative juices just don’t want to flow. A bit of a nudge is needed. And so yesterday I took a stroll through my organic vegetable garden in search of inspiration. Although […]

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Mini Breakfast Stratas

Mini Breakfast Stratas

If I had to choose between lounging around in bed on a weekend morning or getting up early to make a hearty breakfast, it would be no contest. I’d pick the lazy option every time. But why choose when you can have both by spending ten minutes assembling a breakfast […]

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Pear, Blue Cheese, Walnut and Bacon Salad

Pear, Blue Cheese, Walnut and Bacon Salad

Fall and winter always seem to bring on a craving for slow cooked comfort foods, including soups, stews, casseroles, and other similar hearty fare. But even in the chilly months, the fresh taste and crunch of a simple, seasonal salad is a welcome change of pace. This recipe, which provides […]

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Chicken Parmesan Pot Pie with Mushrooms

Chicken Parmesan Pot Pie with Mushrooms

I recently read an article that identified the top comfort foods in America based on the results of a poll. A few of the dishes that made the grade startled me. Gelatin? Tuna casserole? But it didn’t surprise me in the least that chicken pot pie was ranked well up […]

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Broccoli with Shiitake Mushrooms and Shallots

Broccoli with Shiitake Mushrooms and Shallots

My decision about which green vegetables to serve with holiday dinners revolves around what, if anything, is ready for harvest in my home garden. Normally, my fall garden is not quite up to full speed by Thanksgiving day, so I serve my own lightened up, from-scratch version of traditional green […]

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White Bean Soup with Collards and Chorizo

White Bean Soup with Collards and Chorizo

Fall, my favorite time of year, has finally arrived at my mid-Florida home. Here the season involves none of the drama of more northern climes — leaves turning to brilliant red and gold, the arrival of freezing weather, and mountains of leaves to rake. Instead, our fall is a more […]

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