Mac ‘n Cheese Impossible Pie

Mac 'n Cheese Impossible Pie

Secret Recipe Club: "Impossible" Pie with macaroni and cheese that makes its own crust while it bakes. I was so excited when I got my Secret Recipe Club assignment this month. It's always fun to find new blogs to visit - but when it's a blog you already love, it's a gift. And that's what happened this month. First, 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 ...

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Broccoli Cheddar Frittata with Tomatoes: #SundaySupper

broccoli cheddar frittata with tomatoes

BROCCOLI CHEDDAR FRITTATA WITH TOMATOES We have friends in Ashland, just over the California line into Oregon, who we visit when we drive to Portland to see our step-daughter and her family. Ashland is famous for it's vibrant theatre life and is synonymous for Shakespeare on the west coast. They've even created a replica of the Globe theater, in addition to their other theaters in town. The acting and directing is first rate. And so is the food in town. Especially if you eat at Ron and ...

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Asparagus Carbonara with Horseradish Crumbs

Asparagus Carbonara

  It's Thursday, so it's time for our weekly post for The Food Network's blog, FN Dish. Our theme for spring is #SustainableSides, and this week's topic is asparagus. Sure, I could have come up with a more traditional side dish thing, but honestly, I really wanted to make carbonara. So just portion it down for a side dish, and bingo, you have a Sustainable Side. Carbonara is one of the more intimidating dishes I've made, and one of the easiest. I overthink things sometimes; blow them up to ...

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Asparagus Gribiche: #SundaySupper

Asparagus Gribiche_slider

I love to garden. (Rewind. Whrrrrrr.) Let me rephrase. I love going into my back yard and harvesting vegetables to eat, and love the idea of having grown them myself. But I’m not terribly successful at the actual gardening part. I have issues. I lack patience.     I don’t have the patience to properly prepare the soil, which is apparently crucial to a successful harvest. My soil amending consists of tossing a bunch of whatever I find in the shed into the area I plan to plant. If the ...

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Black Eyed Pea Ragout with Frisée and an Egg: #SundaySupper

Black-eyed peas with frisée and a fried egg

We're celebrating beans this week at #SundaySupper, but first a word about eggs. I have a weakness for things topped with a fried egg. Sautéed greens, Brussels sprouts hash, and pasta - it's all good. I draw the line at pie, and probably ice cream, but I'm on board for almost anything else. This dish is my latest - it's about getting beans and eggs together. Think Mexico's Huevos Rancheros and France's Salade Lyonnaise hooking up and having a baby. Cooking Tips: The ragout can be made a few ...

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Holiday Crab & Shrimp Scramble | #SundaySupper

Holiday Crab and Shrimp Scramble Eggs

Holiday brunch for a crowd (or special breakfast for 2): Crab, shrimp, and asparagus folded into softly scrambled eggs.                                                                                                                                               We are officially in Holiday mode, with a capital “H”. Festive parties, holiday brunches, and fun dinners are already penciled in the calendar. We even have a Gala in Tahoe this year – our first black-tie-ish dinner in forever. And ...

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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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Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

1st place contest winner: Crispy tortillas covered with refried beans, spicy salsa, and roasted peppers, all topped with a warm yolky egg.                                                  This week, the Sunday Supper Family is delighted to welcome Davidson’s Safest Choice™ around the family table! As a mostly (wimpy) vegetarian, eggs are a key source of protein for me. For years eggs have been vilified, but more recent studies, and there are quite a few of them now, indicate we may have ...

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Roasted Cauliflower Head with Quinoa Breadcrumbs

roasted cauliflower with quinoa breadcrumbs, vegetarian main dish

Crispy roasted cauliflower head over a pile of quinoa breadcrumbs, capers & kalamata olives, with a soft-boiled egg on the side. Cauliflower isn’t badass like Serrano peppers, who pack searing heat into long slender bodies. It’s not a vixen like salt, completely dominating dishes if mishandled, not letting other ingredients get a word in edgewise. Nope. Nor a superhero like quinoa, able to leap over tall lists of diseases in a single bound. Cauliflower is laid back mellow. Or so I ...

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Skillet-Baked Corn Pudding

skillet baked corn pudding with black beans

Fluffy corn pudding with a soufflé-like consistency, laced with cheese and a little kick of roasted poblano heat. I recently received "The New Southwest - Classic Flavors with a Modern Twist" cookbook to review and instantly fell in love. It's by Meagan Micozzi of Scarletta Bakes blog fame, and I knew I'd love it by the title alone. Southwest flavors rank up there with Italian and Middle Eastern for me. In fact for my 50th birthday, we rented a house on the coast, invited a bunch of ...

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(Gluten-Free) Pumpkin Pie Spoon Bread

gluten free, pumpkin pie spoon bread

When I got the November issue of Bon Appétit in the mail, there were a bunch of recipes calling my name. Starting with this one. I'd never made spoon bread, had never even eaten any, and wasn't entirely sure what it was. But I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt I would love it. Seriously, how could you NOT love something called spoon bread. It made me think  soft-spongy-pudding, something anyone over the age of zero is attracted to. There's no yeast and no chemical leaveners, with the only ...

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SundaySupper: Moroccan Ragout with Poached Eggs

vegetarian main meal, moroccan ragout with poached eggs

There's something about poached eggs on vegetables, grains, or beans that instantly gets us by a fireplace on a cold night. Even if it's still in the (insanely warm) 80's outside. This might be the warmest October so far in my memory in the Bay Area, and I've lived here for over 25 years. I grew up in Pennsylvania and lived for many years in Massachusetts, and I am so ready for crisp weather, sweaters, and corduroy slacks. I want to pull on knee socks and slip into soft loafers and relax with a ...

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