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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Jalapeño Poppers Gougère | #FoodNetwork

Jalapeño Pepper Gougère

With all the news swirling around - from ParisTurkeyRussiaSyria, to the political gauntlet for our next President, and the fact that we had not one, but two mass killings yesterday (just another day in the news in the gun-hugging USA), the question I turn over in my mind is whether we're raising the next generation in a culture of fear. The way I see it, there are two components to fear: 1) something we're afraid might happen in the future, and 2) our response to it right now today. That ...

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Spiced Acorn Squash with Charred Poblano Pepper – Cornbread Stuffing

acorn squash stuffed featured

I like to think travel broadens the mind. For a snapshot in time, you sneak a glimpse of another culture, up close and personal. What people eat, how they live, and how they navigate human issues common to us all. We weigh these observations in our minds as we contrast them against our own familiar lives, and sometimes feel the pinching discomfort of a traveler far from home. “Why is there only one person selling train tickets? Holy Jesus, can’t they see how long the line is??” This can be as ...

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Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust

hot buttered rum apple pie

Whaaatt? Two apple desserts in a row? My only excuse is that they're totally different from each other. I promise, promise, promise -- a savory dish is coming up next.  Also, this is my monthly post with the #ProgressiveEats gang, and there are some wonderful savory apple dishes in the mix, along with some fabulous looking sweets. One of the big questions I'm asked by friends is what apples are best for baking in pies. If you've baked as many pies as I have, you know that some types of apples ...

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Paneer Biryani with Cucumber Raita

Paneer biryani sautéed with tomatoes, served with cucumber raita and mint chutney. One dish vegetarian meal.

We have a fabulous Indian restaurant in the town where we live, close enough to walk to. We eat there a couple times a month, and when we want to eat at home and watch a movie, we often call them for take-out. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, it's Prabh Indian Kitchen, in downtown Mill Valley - and I highly recommend them. My favorite dish there is a biryani with some shrimp tossed into the rice to steam, but I've been wanting to try a version with paneer cheese. So I started ...

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Countdown: Best Party Snacks and Appetizers

best snacks and appetizers

A roundup of best posts of party snacks and appetizers from 2014. These were readers' top favorite snacks and appetizers that I posted this year. A group of us from Secret Recipe Club are doing a fun series of recipe roundups for the rest of the year. I wanted to do it as a way of looking back at where my cooking has taken me. For you, it might be a reminder of some forgotten posts, or ones you've ...

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Coconut Curry Mussels | #SundaySupper

coconut curry mussels

This week's theme on #SundaySupper is Year End Cravings, hosted by Cindy on Cindy's Recipes and Writings. Something we've had a hankering for all year. My craving is coconut curry mussels - essentially mussels steamed in a broth of coconut milk, vegetable broth, red curry paste,and lime juice. A similar dish used to be on the menu of a local restaurant in our town, Balboa, and I ordered them without fail every time I dined there. And then they vanished without a trace. One night we walked ...

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Lemon Roasted Fennel with Olives and Breadcrumbs

Lemon roasted fennel with breadcrumbs, olives, oranges, and raisins

Lemon roasted fennel tossed with olives, oranges, raisins, and breadcrumbs for the Food Network #FallFest. It’s time for the Food Network blogger-fest again – and as we wrap up #FallFest, the theme this week is a holiday side dish. I like to make side dishes that can do double duty as an entrée if I (or anyone else) want to go vegetarian for the meal. Over the past few years, I’ve made countless batches of brown rice, farro, quinoa, couscous, or barley to use as a pilaf-y kind of base to ...

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Pumpkin-Coconut Cookies

Pumpkin Coconut Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

Soft cake-like pumpkin cookies with strong hints of coconut, topped with cream cheese icing. Cocktail party season is about to ramp up as we gallop into the final months of the year (honestly, can you even believe it's almost November??).  In cocktail-speak, this means you wear something a little glitzy without being over-the-top-neon, pull out some strappy shoes, and think about dishes that are just one or two bites. Ideally they wear a little glitz too. As for the drinks, they're festive, ...

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Calzone Mummies

How to make a mummy calzone, vegetarian

Gathering: an assembly or meeting, especially a social or festive one, or one held for a specific purpose. –Google dictionary Gathering: a coming together of family and friends to celebrate a special occasion and toast the bonds of friendship with Gallo wine. –The Wimpy Vegetarian Halloween for me is the (un)official kickoff for the fall gathering season that leads to winter. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza are next, culminating in New Years and a major exhalation onto a sofa ...

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Egg Bake with Hash Browns, Butternut Squash, and Cheese

Egg bake with butternut squash and hash browns.

Egg bake recipe loaded with hash browns, butternut squash, and cheese, most of which can be made ahead of time.                                                                                                             Entertaining 101 Tip: It's good to have a dish like this in your hip pocket for weekend guests. Last month, friends stayed with us on Lake Tahoe for the weekend. They were in town for a wedding with Mia, their adorable one-year-old daughter, and the weather forecast ...

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