Breakfast Egg Stuffed Potato Skins

Lazy weekend breakfast of baked potato skins stuffed with cheese, avocado and an egg.

Potato skins stuffed with cheese, avocado slices, and an egg for an easy breakfast. Let's face it, runny poached eggs make everything irresistible. Bright yellow yolk drizzling just the right amount of liquid gold over everything it touches. And as a mostly vegetarian, I eat a lot of eggs, so I care about their provenance. Cage-free is better, I suppose, than caged. But honestly, just barely. Pastured, if you can get them, is the way to go. We're lucky enough to have an egg ranch in our ...

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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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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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Chickpea Spread for Avocado Toasts

Chickpea Spread and Avocado Toasts

Deliciously healthy chickpea spread with garlic, onions, lemon and mayo for your next batch of avocado toasts. This is officially my new favorite way to lunch. We all know avocado toasts are all the rage. I started making them for lunch 2 - 3 times a week last summer. I'd slice up a half an avocado. Toast up a slice of seeded bread, grab some good olive oil, and finish it off with a spray of Jane's Crazy Salt. Well now I'm stepping up my game with this lunch, thanks to Anna at Cheese ...

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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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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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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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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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Figgy Cardamom Snickerdoodle Cookies | #FoodNetwork

Figgy Cardamom Snickerdoodle Cookies

Do you ever wonder where some cookie names come from? The name chocolate chip cookies is easy. Ditto for brownies (defined as a cookie bar), peanut-butter, ginger-molasses, and even jumble cookies. But there was a time in early New England culinary history when cookies were given playful names like plunkets, tangle breeches, kinkawoodles, and the infinitely more familiar snickerdoodle. One can only assume these were either named by children or for them, because they were simply more fun to ...

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