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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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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Cheddar Einkorn Crackers with Garlic | #BreadBakers

Cheddar Einkorn Crackers

Cheddar crackers with garlic, made with Einkorn flour - an ancient grain - and olive oil in place of butter. When I was in culinary school, my favorite thing beyond everything else was baking bread. It was the one time I really felt connected to the food, where I felt the give and take of a relationship. There's nothing like kneading your own bread, witnessing the magic of it doubling in size or more, and shaping it, to put you in awe of the food we eat. And trust me, there's nothing ...

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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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Fail-Proof Cheesy Mashed Potatoes | #FoodNetwork

fail-proof cheesy mashed potatoes

I've made mashed potatoes dozens of times, and somehow always find a little lump or two. Or 50. Or 500. Before I knew better, I figured I just needed to whip them up harder and longer. I even threw them in the food processor once, and ended up with a gluey substance perfect for wallpapering the kitchen. How is it that I could grow my own sour dough starter, bake bread, roll up a pumpkin roll well enough to impress Martha, break down a duck for God's sake, but be defeated by the humble russet? It ...

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Cranberry Cake (Tart) | #Secret Recipe Club

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OMG you guys. This cranberry cake is the easiest, tastiest cake I've made since the peach cake I make every summer. This is exactly the kind of cake I love most to make -- a simple cake loaded with seasonal fruit. It's not that I don't love frosting - it's just that I see it as a whole separate food group and I love frosting so much, it can overshadow the cake. Cakes like this are all about the cake and the fruit. For the uninitiated, The Secret Recipe Club is a group of around 130 food ...

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Fig Basted Roast Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Apple, and Fig Stuffing | #SundaySupper

Fig and Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Apple, and Fig Stuffing

We should have more than one day set aside each year to give thanks. Some might declare we should give thanks every day, and I don’t disagree, but I’m actually stating we should have Thanksgiving once a month. Not with all the commercial hoopla of people rising before dawn the day after so they can shiver in dark parking lots to be in line for some amazing-never-to-be-offered-again deal on a big screen TV, thank you very much. I’m talking about quietly setting aside one day a month on ...

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Lightened Maple Carrot Flan: #Fallfest

Lightened Maple Carrot Flan

As we gallop towards Thanksgiving, food bloggers, magazines, grocery stores, and Martha all bubble over with ideas for the table you'll be setting on November 26th. And so are we at FN Dish, the Food Network's blog. For this week's #Fallfest, we're digging up carrots by the truckload to make dishes for you to share with your friends and family this year. I'll be honest, right up front. I don't eat a lot of carrots. Don't get me wrong -- I add them to lentils and other legume dishes, and throw ...

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Pumpkin Cappuccino Soup

Pumpkin Cappuccino Soup

This soup is a love note to the Czech Republic. No, that wasn't a typo. You probably thought Italy was on my mind, what with 'cappuccino' in the title. But you would be wrong. Believe it or not, cappuccino soups are popular in Prague and beyond. I saw them no less than three times on menus while we were there earlier this month. They were all very different from each other, and my favorite was a Pumpkin Cappuccino Soup. We were in Brno (pronounced Berno), the historic capital of ...

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Butternut Squash Panzanella Salad with Apples and Kale

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Make an autumn version of a traditional Italian salad with this butternut squash panzanella salad tossed with apples and kale, dressed with an apple vinaigrette. I spent much of September in Italy attending an Italian language school in Treviso, a smallish town outside Venice. For 2 1/2 weeks I ate a ton of pasta, pizza, risotto, and tiramisu (a dessert created by a restaurant in Treviso). The trip was about language, food, and people -- meeting local Italians and making new friends with ...

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Double Crusted Apple Pie Galette #SundaySupper

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I'm back from Italy, mostly recovered from jet lag, and ready for football season and tailgate parties!! If you’ve never tailgated, you’ve missed an opportunity to go tribal, American style. Tailgating is a ritual repeated every September as fans come together in asphalt parking lots across the country a few hours before kickoff. They pile out of station wagons, SUVs, and hatchbacks to set up mini-living rooms behind their cars, complete with folding chairs, tables, grills, and makeshift ...

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Plum Salad with Avocado and Mozzarella

Plum Salad with Avocado and Mozzarella

This may be my last post for a little while. I head to Italy today, and am so excited. I'm going with a small group of students (which makes us all sound younger than we are) who all study Italian from the same teacher, who leads immersion trips every year. She's got a fabulous sense of humor, discovers out-of-the-way restaurants that feature local delicacies, and has an iron rule that we cannot speak English until the second course of dinner is served to our table each evening. So, there's ...

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