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Nov15

Roasted Butternut Squash Casserole

I love nothing more than a creamy, cheesy casserole. When you strike the right balance between healthy vegetables and cheesy sauce it is a thing of beauty.  Butternut squash is my favorite winter squash.  With a mild, slightly sweet flavor it is perfect for roasting, blending into soups, and baking into casseroles.  The mild flavor also means that even those who swear they hate squash will probably love it … until you tell them...

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Nov04

Sweet Potato, Apple and Caramelized Onion Gratin

I am exhausted. Project Food Blog has been, and continues to be, intense, I’ve had friends in from out of the country, I have four family birthdays coming up, and I am still working three part-time jobs.  On top of it all looms the specter of Thanksgiving and all the preparation that entails.  I am doing my best not to think about it too closely and a good distraction is my kitchen.  This gratin was born out of my efforts to...

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Oct23

Food for the Road!

It is time for the next Project Food Blog challenge … thank you all for voting and getting me this far! This week we have been challenged to take our food on the road: For this challenge, you’re tasked with creating a delicious meal that will travel well and still look great. From picnics and school lunches to bento boxes, or any other meal on the go, you need to whip up a entree, side, drink, and dessert to enjoy after...

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Oct15

Bacon Dressed Green Beans

I have the secret for making EVERY vegetable, as long as you are a carnivore, taste better. It is not a very well kept secret, since EVERYONE knows about bacon.  This recipe started out as green bean bundles from a cookbook I borrowed from my mother.  The beans were blanched then slow roasted which left them limp and unpleasantly mushy.  I prefer my green beans to be slightly al dente, or tender crisp, but I loved the flavors in the...

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Oct03

Indian Dinner Party

I am celebrating! Aside from making it into the 3rd round of Project Food Blog – thank you all for your votes! – I am celebrating the release of a new book by my favorite fiction author, Deanna Raybourn.  Her Lady Julia series, set in Victorian England, feature the exploits of Lady Julia and private inquiry agent Nicholas Brisbane.  In each book they must discover who is behind any number of nefarious deeds.  They are...

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Oct01

Carrot, Cardamom and Coconut Soup

I always carry with me a book I call my ‘Inspiration Book’. This is the place where I jot down ideas, or flavors, so when I get back to my home kitchen I remember what it was, exactly, that inspired me.  This little book has served me well, and it is directly responsible for this soup.  When my husband and I were off at IFBC last month we took a little side trip into Vancouver, BC.  I had never been to Canada and it was...

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