Southern Tomato Gravy

Southern Tomato Gravy

I don’t know who to “blame” for me whipping up this Southern Tomato Gravy the other day. Certainly not all my family that has migrated down to Georgia because I have never had Southern Tomato Gravy at their homes nor heard the words Tomato Gravy pass their lips. I knew it was going to be just the thing to go over the leftover Biscuits I made the other day, though.

Southern Tomato Gravy

Southern Tomato Gravy

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Guest Post at A Pug in the Kitchen

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chermoula Sauce

I’m sure more than a few of you who stop by my blog or get email updates on what I’m cooking up also follow Suzanne from A Pug in the Kitchen. If you don’t, you’re missing out on a very special blog from a charming lady & her sidekick Percy. You’ll find a post from me there, for Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chermoula Sauce. So there, that’s your “teaser” so click over now to find out more about this enticing recipe, and be sure to take a few minutes to explore Suzanne’s blog while you’re there. 🙂

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chermoula Sauce

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chermoula Sauce

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Oven Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

I wasn’t just going on and on about the Chickpea in previous post for the fun of it!  🙂 I am absolutely enamoured by this main dish salad. It’s full of fantastic good for you ingredients: Spinach, Chickpeas, Olives and Oven Roasted Cauliflower and is set off beautifully by the home-made dressing.

Oven Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

Oven Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Wine . $2.35

A fantastic budget item for the buffet, these Stuffed Mushrooms are a bit different from some. A moderate amount of Sherry or Marsala adds a lot of flavor, but they’re dry roasted in the oven. The mushroom flavor intensifies, and these are every bit as good with a plain old button as they are with any of the fancier mushrooms – even better as they’re a bit more tender.

Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms with Wine

Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms with Wine

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Sparrow Tavern’s Veggie Burger . $3.75 for 8

These Veggie Burgers are amazing!! A bit of work but totally worth it!

Diners, Drive Ins & Dives is on Netflix this season and this episode features the Sparrow Tavern in Astoria, New York – a run down rock & roll type bar with gourmet style. One of their star items was the Sparrow Veggie Burger and even the carnivores were going on about it. After I made them, I can see why – they’re flippin’ AWESOME! A bit of work, but the best Veggie Burger I’ve ever had!

Sparrow Tavern Veggie Burger

Sparrow Tavern Veggie Burger – early version, I fixed the “cracking” flaw.

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Pan Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Pasta (or without)

One of my favorite recipes is really a “non” recipe. Too simple, really, to even be written down! Pan Roasted Cherry Tomatoes are one of my favorite sides, about 10 minutes to make and delicious. They’re great in the summer when cherry tomatoes are at their peak, and nearly as good during the winter months. Cherry tomatoes pack a ton of flavor, even off-season.

Pan Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Pan Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

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Rajas con Crema Tacos

One of my all time favorite Mexican foods is Rajas – mild Poblano peppers, roasted, cut in strips and in the case of “con Crema” simmered for a few minutes in cream. Often served with cheese mixed in, they can be rich or can be served simply, as shown below.

Rajas Con Crema

Rajas Con Crema

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Spinach Quinoa Salad with Candied Pecans

Spinach Quinoa Salad with Candied Pecans

Spinach & Quinoa Salad. So good but the candied pecans make the salad!

There’s salad, and then there’s SALAD – you know, the one that shouts rather than whispers?  The one you want MORE of…the salad that has that little something extra to take it over the top.  What is it about salty, sweet, tart that makes you want to take another bite and another and another…

Spinach Quinoa Salad with Candied Pecans

Spinach Quinoa Salad with Candied Pecans

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Falafel Sandwiches

I can’t remember the last time I had Falafel – college maybe? It seems there is always some wonderful place near a college in every city I’ve lived in…but who wants to take a drive just to have the experience? Surprisingly easy to make at home, you can customize them just the way you’d like.

Falafel Sandwiches - customizable at home!

Falafel Sandwiches – customizable at home!

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Ratatouille

Here’s the thing about Ratatouille – it’s originally a Provencal vegetable stew, and like any stew, just calls out for the personalized touch. Don’t like eggplant – who cares? Peppers aren’t your thing? Use something else. I think you’ll love this version, roughly adapted from Tyler Florence. We do.

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

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