Swiss Chard Gratin

Oct 28, 10 Swiss Chard Gratin

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When I was looking for new recipes for Swiss Chard Overdrive week, I started at my usual point – Google. For some reason, a Swiss chard gratin popped into my head, so I did a search for that. It turned up a recipe…from a cookbook I already own. Doh! The recipe was chard gratin from Alice Water’s The Art of Simple...

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Blog Carnival: Sunday Suppers with Pam Anderson

Oct 27, 10 Blog Carnival: Sunday Suppers with Pam Anderson

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I’m a little late to the party by being early. *Just my luck. Maggy Keet, Pam Anderson’s daughter, organized a Blog Carnival of recipes from Pam’s Perfect One-Dish Dinners, with a “Sunday Dinner” theme.  A bunch of bloggers who follow Pam, Maggy, and Sharon on ThreeManyCooks.com and through her...

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Swiss Chard Sauteed With Pine Nuts and Raisins

Oct 26, 10 Swiss Chard Sauteed With Pine Nuts and Raisins

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For Swiss Chard Overdrive week, I needed a weeknight side dish. I sure wasn’t going to use up all my Swiss chard if I waited for the weekend. Here is a fancy update to my basic sauteed Swiss chard, using the classic Mediterranean combination of greens, pine nuts, and raisins. The sweet raisins and creamy, nutty pine nuts...

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Swiss Chard Overdrive

Oct 25, 10 Swiss Chard Overdrive

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The Loneliness of the Vegetable Adoption Bin or What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate Swiss chard is my favorite green. It is a tender, mild flavored green, and quick enough to cook that I can make it as a weeknight vegetable side. I love its rainbow of colors- red, yellow, pink, orange, and all different shades of green....

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Grilled Barramundi with Avocado Orange Salsa

Oct 21, 10 Grilled Barramundi with Avocado Orange Salsa

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Barramundi is another example of a good farmed fish. They are native to waters from Southeast Asia through Australia. Barramundi are particularly prized in Australia and Thailand, both as a sport fish and a favorite for eating. They can survive in a wide range of salt levels; some live in the ocean, others in inland lakes and...

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Tilapia with Brown Butter and Lemon Sauce

Oct 19, 10 Tilapia with Brown Butter and Lemon Sauce

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Tilapia is an example of a good farmed fish. They are omnivorous, and thrive on a vegetarian diet; don’t mind being packed tight in growing pens; do well in any water conditions, as long as it is warm; and grow quickly to market size. And, in the United States, tilapia is farmed in closed inland systems to protect against...

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Review: Four Fish by Paul Greenberg

Oct 18, 10 Review: Four Fish by Paul Greenberg

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Last year, I shared my personal philosophy towards fish in my Sustainable Seafood post. I just finished reading a book that helped expand my knowledge about fish, and the challenges we have ahead of us. Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg is an entertaining, sobering, in-depth, and practical look at fish...

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Pressure Cooker Black Bean Soup

Oct 14, 10 Pressure Cooker Black Bean Soup

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My youngest son, Tim, has turned into a bean fanatic. Black, pinto, kidney…it doesn’t matter, he loves beans with just a little sea salt sprinkled on them. Yes, sea salt. I brought home fleur de sel de Camargue from my trip to Provence, and it is Tim’s favorite. I love watching him carefully pry off the cap,...

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Slow Cooker Chinese Red Cooked Chicken Thighs

Oct 12, 10 Slow Cooker Chinese Red Cooked Chicken Thighs

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I’ve been reading a lot of authentic chinese cookbooks recently, looking for ideas to expand my weeknight stir-fries. One technique that caught my eye was red cooking, braising meat for a long time in a Shaoxing wine, soy and caramelized sugar broth. The result of red cooking is tender meat with a reddish hue from the broth....

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Cooking Authentic or Cooking Everyday?

Oct 11, 10 Cooking Authentic or Cooking Everyday?

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A little bit ago, there was a kerfluffle in the media about Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray. Apparently, Martha said something about Rachel’s kitchen skills, and how they were lacking. This quickly morphed into a food blog personality test. Who ya got? Who are you as a cook, Rachel or Martha? Are you Rachel Ray, as in 30-Minute...

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Follow DadCooksDinner on Twitter

Oct 10, 10 Follow DadCooksDinner on Twitter

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Are you a reader of DadCooksDinner who is also a Twitter junkie? Well, I’m finally able to help you out. The official Twitter feed for DadCooksDinner is now open for business. To follow my posts on Twitter, click on the “Follow me on Twitter” link above, or in the sidebar on the right. Thanks!...

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Pumpkin and Squash Soup

Oct 07, 10 Pumpkin and Squash Soup

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Diane had an unexpected bonus in our garden this year. Tim, our youngest, planted a seed while he was helping Diane, and it gave us a mystery squash that we were puzzling over for most of the summer. We assumed it was a rogue zucchini, but there was only one of them, and it kept getting bigger and rounder. It had tendrils reaching...

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Tarte Tatin with Puff Pastry

Oct 05, 10 Tarte Tatin with Puff Pastry

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I am a sucker for fresh produce. My checkbook trembles in fear when I go to a farmers market; there is always something that looks so good that I have to buy it. What happens when I go to an apple orchard? Especially a you-pick apple orchard? I wind up with a lot of apples. *A LOT of apples. What do I do with all those apples? Here...

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Eat Local Challenge

Oct 04, 10 Eat Local Challenge

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This week’s posts are inspired by my fall CSA box, a trip to a local apple orchard, a rogue pumpkin planting from my youngest son, and the Ohio Eat Local challenge. *Yes, there’s a theme in there. Really. I promise. From the Ohio Department of Agriculture: Eat Local Challenge, October 2-8: The Ohio Department of...

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All-Clad Factory Sale: Winter 2010

All-Clad Factory Sale: Winter 2010The dates for this winter’s All-Clad factory sale have been announced, so I’m posting my usual heads-up to my readers… All-Clad’s factory is located in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Twice a year, on the first weekend in June and December, All-Clad holds a factory seconds sale at...

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