Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli and Almonds

Browned Butter Gnocchi Recipe with Broccoli and Almonds - Andrea Meyers

Michael and I have long had a fondness for gnocchi. I love the little dumplings and how good they taste with our homemade pesto and other Italian sauces. This recipe that I adapted from Cooking Light adds some broccoli and warm nutty flavor with browned butter. My boys are all broccoli addicts—not a bad thing—so… 

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Butternut Squash Au Gratin with Mushrooms and Bacon

Butternut Squash Au Gratin Recipe with Mushrooms and Bacon - Andrea Meyers

I think this post officially beats my record for the earliest Thanksgiving recipe, but I can’t help it; this butternut squash au gratin is just too good to wait until Turkey Day. Make it for Sunday dinner sometime with roasted chicken, turkey, or pork, and then again for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s definitely a keeper.

Persian Jeweled Rice, aka Wedding Rice (The Kids Cook Monday)

Persian Jeweled Rice Recipe (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Fragrant rice dishes are one of my favorite food memories from my time in the Middle East. Widely known as pilaf (aka polow, pilav, pilau, pulao, and other names), these rice dishes vary in texture and ingredients based on the country of origin. Pilafs may include spices, meat, nuts, dried fruits, and vegetables, and have… 

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Eggplant and Tomato Pilaf with Greek Yogurt

Eggplant and Tomato Pilaf with Greek Yogurt - Andrea Meyers

Greek yogurt is one of my favorite convenience foods, and judging by grocery store space in the yogurt aisle, it’s a favorite for many people. I remember when just a few years ago it was difficult to find Greek yogurt in our local grocery stores, but now the yogurt aisle is full of it in… 

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Roasted Carrots with Moroccan Spices

Roasted Carrots with Moroccan Spices - Andrea Meyers

I planted our first carrots two years ago. We have raised beds over heavy clay soil, so I opted for shorter Danvers half longs. Crop failure the first year, then finally last year we got some. Monkey Boy was so excited when he pulled them and realized that carrots really do grow underground. So our… 

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Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus Risotto - Andrea Meyers

In 2011, we put in an asparagus bed, and for two springs we have patiently watched and tended, waiting for our first harvest. Last year we let the plants grow full and fern out, knowing this would be the year we would finally get to eat. The spears started popping last week, and I’ll say… 

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese

Andrea Meyers - Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese

We planted Brussels sprouts in our garden over the summer hoping to have our own crop this year. I looked forward to seeing the plants grow tall with many little sprouts covering the stems, but we lost our plants to greedy insects who liked the sprouts as much as we do. After that battle, I… 

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Creamy Polenta (Grits) with Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions

Andrea Meyers - Creamy Polenta (Grits) with Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions

There’s something about cool air and the color of autumn leaves that causes me to start craving comfort foods. I start adding soups and roasted vegetables to our weekly menu, which will often include grits and polenta. I like my grits both savory and sweet, and this simple bowl of homey grits and mushrooms hits… 

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