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Yummy Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Food

Roasted sweet potato soup! With shallots, cumin, thyme, and stock. Swirl in a little sour cream or yogurt and serve with some crusty bread. It’s a light meal on its own, or serve it alongside roast chicken or a hearty salad!

There’s been a lone sweet potato sitting in my pantry for the last couple of weeks. Every time I would open the pantry door, there it would be, looking back at me.

I have a habit of buying perishables with the noblest of intentions, only to forget them in the sea of everyday distractions, until their good for nothing but compost.


The distinguishing elements of the original recipe were sweet potato, red onion, and cumin...

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Check out this Squash dish

Monday, October 29, 2018 Food

1 Roast the squash: Preheat the oven to 425°F. On a rimmed baking sheet, combine the squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet, and toss to coat.

Roast for 20 minutes, tossing half way through to evenly brown. When it’s ready, the squash will be soft and some of the edges will have browned.

Butternut Squash Browned Butter Pasta roast the squash

2 Cook the pasta: Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the pasta to al dente, or according to package directions. Drain well and set aside.

Butternut Squash Pasta - Cook the pasta

3 Fry the bacon: In a large, deep skillet , put the bacon in a cold pan and cook over medium heat until crispy. Remove from the skillet and drain on paper towels.

Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta fry the bacon

4 Cook the shallots: Place the skillet back on the stove, but with the heat turned off. Drain all but about 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease.

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Delicious Sweet Potato White Bean Dip

Sunday, September 30, 2018 Food

Sweet potatoes are so versatile—they work beautifully in a dip! This sweet-smoky dip with white beans and chipotle peppers is great with chips, pita, veggies, and crackers.

Fall always feels like a bit of a slippery slope in terms of food. Once the kids are back in school, it’s football season, which leads right into the holidays. I always feel like time goes quicker during these months and by the time I’m ready to enjoy fall, it’s Thanksgiving. And so, I always like to plan ahead with ideas for parties and holidays, usually starting in September!

It feels like once a week I’m whipping together some kind of party food, and among my friends, I’ve become the person notorious for showing up with something that is heavy on the vegetable side, but still delicious.


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Roast Pheasant, Chocolate Roulade

Saturday, September 29, 2018 Food

  • Roast pheasant, chocolate roulade and this sublime soup… a new book features spectacular dishes from a decade of MasterChef champions

    This mouth-watering roast pheasant is perfectly paired with the autumnal flavors of a chestnut and apple cider sauce

    The rich flavor of roast pheasant pairs beautifully with a black pudding and bacon stuffing, served alongside the autumnal flavors of a chestnut and apple cider sauce.

  • Serves 4

    For the stuffing

    smoked streaky bacon rashers, finely chopped

  • 75g (2¾oz) unsalted butter
  • 2 banana shallots, finely chopped
  • 3-4 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or grated
  • 100g (3½oz) fatty black pudding, crumbled or finely chopped
  • 150g (5½oz) panko breadcrumbs

For the pheasants

  • 2 plump hen pheasants
  • 50g (1¾oz) unsalted b...

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Balsamic Risotto with Tomatoes and Basil

Friday, September 21, 2018 Food

This Balsamic Risotto is rich and tangy with Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar, and a great way to use garden tomatoes and basil!

In the world of perfect food pairings, high on the list are balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese. Both originate in the same Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and they play exceptionally well together in this simple balsamic risotto.

I first encountered balsamic risotto at a Michelin starred restaurant in Modena, Italy. The risotto was served as a simple side to an otherwise rather fancy meal. It was so creamy with Parmesan and the starchy risotto rice, and so richly flavored with the balsamic vinegar, it was the favorite of everyone at the table!

This is my recreation of that dish, to which I have added some fresh cherry and Sungold tomatoes, as well as a f...

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