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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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 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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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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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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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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Broccoli Casserole with Cheese and Quinoa

Broccoli, Cheese, Quinoa Casserol featured

OMG. Really you guys. This recipe is killer and destined to be in regular rotation here at our house. Pure gold. First of all, 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 chose one to post about. But all month, we keep our assignment a secret until ‘reveal day’. ...

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Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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I don't know about where you live, but where I live, sweet potatoes are available year round in my stores. But it only makes sense they must have a season, so I looked into it - and fall is it. Over the next few weeks, a new crop of sweet potatoes will be arriving for us to enjoy. And we're celebrating sweet potatoes today on the Food Networks's blog FNDish for #FallFest. Sweet potatoes are so versatile - great for both sweet dishes and savory. I've always known this, but I've only recently ...

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Tomato Pie

Tomato pie with layers of tomatoes interleaved with cheese, oregano, mayonnaise, salt and pepper.

When life gives you a box of tomatoes, you need to think bigger than a tomato sandwich. Last weekend, our stepson, Kevin, and his wife, Suzanne, and their 5 kids came to visit. (Yay for grandkids time !!!!). It was Emma's birthday (she turned 8) and she wanted to spend it with us at the Lake. With them came a juicy cantaloupe and a box of tomatoes from Kevin's mom's garden. If you're keeping up here, that's my husband's first wife, who I like very much. I don't care how fresh tomatoes are ...

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Grilled Italian Caprese Panini

Caprese panini with pesto, grilled tomatoes and melted mozzarella.

This month I'm helping the newest blogger in our Secret Recipe Club group and posting TWO great recipes I found on two different blogs. First up is this wonderful Caprese Panini by Kate at the Kitchen Trial and Error blog. But let me back up for a minute in case you're unfamiliar with The Secret Recipe Club. 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. ...

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