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Winter Squash Carbonara With Pancetta and Sage (Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Friendly)

winter squash carbonara

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need a bit of an extra nudge to eat more veggies. Roasting them to coax out their natural sweetness is defnitely my usual approach, but you can’t beat it when they masquerade as something even more luscious. A tall order? Sure. But boy does this winter squash carbonara ever achieve it… and well.

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Hard-Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder With Apple Mostarda, Cheesy Grits and Crispy Pancetta (Naturally Gluten-Free)

order up: hard-apple-cider braised pork shoulder with mostarda and cheesy grits

I’ve wanted to share this recipe for quite some time now, but whenever I sit down to get writing I’ve been at a loss for words. That is, anything beyond DELICIOUS, MAKE THIS NOW and enthusiastic MMMMMMMMS. Of course, the latter may be attributed to the fact that I’ve had a forkful of this tangy, sweet-savory braised pork and cheesy grits goodness in my mouth at pretty much every opportunity since early fall, therefore rendering me incapable of producing more than sound effects. (Only slightly hyperbolic…) But seriously, I can’t keep this one to myself any longer, so here it goes.

We start off with a can of a delightfully balanced, local-to-me hard cider from Cigar City Cider and Mead. If you can’t find it, no worries. Crispin original or your favorite non-spiced variety should do just fine. You can also go completely booze-free with the non-hard stuff or even some unfiltered apple juice (Trader Joe’s in the refrigerated section is my fave, and tastes delicious with a splash of bourbon and a few shakes of bitters). Into a saucepan it goes to simmer away by half, concentrating the flavors. Be prepared: Your home will smell amazing.

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The Strand’s Grilled Peach Salad (With Praline Bacon!), At Home

Grilled Peach and Praline Bacon Salad

Peaches. I can’t seem to get enough of them (and, it seems, all other stone fruit) this time of year. Maybe it’s my semi-new status as a Georgia-adjacent-state resident (read: Florida). Or perhaps it’s because their sweet, summery smell is just impossible to resist whenever I wander through the produce department. Regardless, this salad is a spectacular way to showcase their flavor beyond in the usual cobbler.

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Short Ribs Bordelaise

Short Ribs Bordelaise

If you’re looking for the ultimate, elegant comfort food recipe for your next cold-weather dinner party, this is it. Short ribs Bordelaise — or Bourguignon if you use wine from the Burgandy region versus Bordeaux — never fail to impress. I mean really, meltingly tender beef covered in a rich, reduced wine sauce — what’s not to love?

Plus, the bulk of the work — braising, the worst-offending dirty dishes (admittedly, this recipe makes a lot), veggie prep — can be done a day or so ahead of time; this means that any worry that the meat will still be tough and veggies overcooked with the kitchen a total mess by dinnertime goes out the window!

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The All-American Burger

the all-american burger

This burger. Is. Ridiculous. (Sorry, I just finished eating one. Out of breath. In need of a nap. Maybe a Coke? Heeeere comes the food coma!)

I was introduced to this monstrosity though the NPR column Sandwich Monday. Given that I’m all about the one-liners and puns, their humorous take on a new sandwich every week is something I look forward to at the start. Some are just foul — I’m looking at you, energy bar sandwich — but from time to time they feature one that piques my interest, despite being a self-proclaimed sandwich hater.

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