Cheese Tortellini with Herbed Ricotta and Fava Beans | #SundaySupper

Cheese Tortellini with Fava Beans and Herbed Ricotta Cheese

I'll be honest with you. Fava beans are crazy high maintenance. But that shouldn't put you off. They're eaten by the bushel in Tuscany but remain fairly unknown in other parts of world. Have you tried them yet? If you've had broad beans, one of their many aliases, then you've had some. They look similar to both edamame and lima beans, and are faintly bitter with a unique flavor. So what makes them so high maintenance? Well, first you have to rip them out of bed. They lie inside a ...

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Trofie Pasta with Creamy Poblano Sauce (Espagueti Verde)

Trofie Pasta with Creamy Poblano Sauce

Trofie pasta tossed with a creamy poblano sauce made from roasted poblanos, Mexican crema, garlic, cilantro, and queso fresco. One of the ways to be mere minutes from dinner being on the table at 6:30 pm, when you haven't given dinner a single thought until 6:00 pm, is to have sauces all ready to go in the refrigerator. An essential part of a well-planned pantry, an array of sauces you've cooked ahead over the weekend can be tossed with pasta, grains, legumes or vegetables during the week ...

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Creamy Feta and Asparagus Casserole with Orzo

Creamy Feta and Asparagus Casserole

Creamy feta and asparagus casserole with orzo, Swiss chard, and yogurt. About 30 of us are coming together this weekend to celebrate Easter, the coming of Spring, and a few birthdays. There will be music, romantic dancing, a stellar sunset over the Lake, and a pot luck dinner we're all contributing to. The temperatures will be cold, but we'll be all tucked inside a cabin perched high above a very un-Spring-like Lake Tahoe, kept warm by good food, wine, laughter, and ...

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Celery Root Gratin with Horseradish Cream #SundaySupper

Celery Root Potato Gratin with Horseradish Cream and Barley

Celery root gratin layered with potatoes, sandwiched with a layer of barley pilaf, all cooked in a garlic, horseradish cream. For a great gratin, the sauce is everything. Too bland, and it defines the dish as forgettable. Full of life, and you get a dish you'll make over and over because everyone will be asking for it. This isn't your mom's gratin - it stars celery root, potatoes, and horseradish - perfect for our *roots* theme this week with Sunday Supper. And there's a layer of barley, ...

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Vegetarian Jambalaya Stuffed Red Peppers Casserole | #SundaySupper

Jambalaya Stuffed Peppers

Vegetarian jambalaya that can be made in a flash with Zatarain's Jambalaya Mix, and then scooped into red peppers ready for roasting. It's all topped off with cornbread and cheddar cheese.  Do you like knowing the history behind some of our traditions? Me too. Mardi Gras is coming up, and today this celebration is practically synonymous with New Orleans. But its roots are firmly planted in early pagan spring and fertility festivals known as Boeuf Gras (Fatted Calf). Apparently these early ...

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Sopa de Fideo Verde (Green Spaghetti Soup)

Sopa de Fideo Verde

You gotta admit, Sopa de Fideo Verde sounds more mysterious than Green Spaghetti Soup. And it tastes wonderful too. I'm doing 2 Secret Recipe posts today, and this one is from the fabulous Leslie at La Cocina de Leslie. For the uninitiated, The Secret Recipe Club is a group of around 130 food bloggers, separated into four smaller blogging groups, each of which post at different times of the month. Every month, we’re each assigned a blog in our group to look through. We try a few recipes and ...

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Bang Bang Cauliflower Mac ‘n Cheese

Bang Bang Mac 'n Cheese

I've seen 'bang bang' dishes in my Pinterest stream for awhile, and when I saw that this week's theme for Food Network was mac 'n cheese, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. First of all 'bang bang' dishes are all about the creamy, sweet & spicy sauce, and following the theory that cheese makes everything better (*reminder: I'm a wimpy vegetarian), I figured mine would morph into a creamy, cheesy, spicy sauce.  (For the record I initially tried a creamy, cheesy, sweet & spicy ...

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Welsh Rarebit Crostini | #ProgressiveEats

Welsh Rarebit Crostini

It's said Wales didn't have any rabbits. They'd been hunted into extinction. Others are quoted as saying that the Welsh name was used as a patronizing way to discount things. For example a Welsh pearl was one of poor quality. And Welsh Rabbit (where the Rarebit name stemmed) clearly lacks rabbit. In truth, the origins of this dish is likely both. It probably represented a dish that really didn't have meat because none was available. But how did Rabbit become Rarebit? We don't know for ...

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Sweet Potatoes Pommes Anna with Apples and Raisins

Sweet Potatoes Anna layered with apples and golden raisins.

Why should white potatoes have all the fun? Take Pommes Anna. The classic version will always be with russets, but we can have some fun and make it with sweet potatoes, beets, apples, or squash. If you haven't enjoyed this wonderful way to dine on potatoes, I should add, Pommes Anna is a French dish of layered thin slices of white potatoes interleaved with butter, salt, pepper, and an optional flurry of herbs. It typically starts on the stove top, but not always, and finishes in the ...

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Hash Browns Poutine Cups with Egg Scramble | #SundaySupper #FWCON

Hash Browns Cups filled with Egg Scramble

Do you poutine? Do you know what poutine is? Confession – I didn’t, so don’t feel uninformed if you don’t. I love the word – it makes me feel oh-so-fluent in French. ‘Voulez vouz poutine?’ So when Idaho® potatoes (technically the fabulous Idaho Potato Commission) shouted out to us that they’d love to sponsor an event for our first National Sunday Supper Month, and promptly framed a contest around poutine, I said ‘OUI!’ and signed up for selection – having absolutely no clue what poutine ...

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Cauliflower Tetrazzini with Poblano Peppers | #SundaySupper

Cauliflower Tetrazzini with Poblano Peppers

Vegetarian tetrazzini loaded with cauliflower and poblano peppers, and switches out the more traditional sour cream or heavy cream for yogurt. I hope all of you had memorable holidays, as we wrap it all up with a huge football weekend (go Steelers!!). My stepson and his 3 of his 5 kids came to visit us in Tahoe for several days of fun times. Skiing, sledding, bowling, go-kart racing, Star Wars VII, and playing games were all on the menu, along with celebrating two of my grandson's ...

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Cauliflower Apple Cheddar Melts | #SundaySupper

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I saw some Cauliflower Melts on Epicurious the other day that looked so melty that I had to make them. This is the time of year when anything with melted cheese (or hello, chocolate) catches our eye. We tramp in from the cold, stomping our feet to get the snow off, our bodies shivering as we peel off layers of wet clothes. And then we see melty cheese, hot from the oven, blanketing a little morsel underneath. We hardly want to take the time to slip into dry clothes before sitting down to ...

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