Sage Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Black Rice

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Sweet potatoes roasted with fresh sage and garlic and tossed with black rice for a comforting winter side dish recipe. My husband and I don’t dumb down our use of language for our children. Instead, we tell them like it is, explaining fully that the little openings in the car seats where the buckles poke […]

Guinness Poutine for the Soul

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French fries and squeaky cheese curds get smothered in a dark Guinness Draught gravy for a poutine that would make any Québécois proud. I think. Little Miss Muffet Sat on a tuffet, Eating of curds and whey; There came a big spider, Who sat down beside her, And frightened Miss Muffet away. We replaced Miss […]

Spicy Orange Wasabi Fries: Boiled and Broiled

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Togarashi is a spice blend often seen in Japanese cooking, dating back many centuries. Borrowing some traditional seasonings there and adding in the element of wasabi, these spicy orange wasabi fries are a perfect mix of East meets West, giving you a fry worthy of standing next to a sushi night or bowl of ramen, […]

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Colcannon

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Colcannon is a classic potato dish in Ireland and perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday. Made with potatoes, sautéed kale and/or cabbage, a few green onions, butter and cream, this is definitely a stick-to-your-ribs dish that is perfect for serving alongside an Irish beef stew. Last week was a laughable mess. I definitely […]

Leek and Potato Gratin as We Bid Farewell to Winter

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Today, the sun is shining. The icicles that adorned my house have all melted. The snow that covered my backyard? Well, it’s still there, but the forecast says it won’t be there forever, which is how I felt about it last week at this time. Yet the nights still dip below freezing, and I find […]

Potato Leek Soup for Surviving Winter

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My appetite changes with the season. In the winter I appreciate things that warm you up and keep you warm. Like soup. In the summer, soup takes a back seat to pasta salads, potato salads, slaws, grilled meats and fresh fruit. A warm cup of soup on a winter day makes the transition from morning […]

Roasted Parmesan Fingerling Potatoes

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I’ve been wanting to buy fingerling potatoes for a while, and they have finally appeared on my local supermarket’s shelves. I am a big fan of the thin-skinned new potatoes, and fingerlings have a similar skin. However, these potatoes are fully mature when harvested and have a different flavor than new potatoes. These made their […]