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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From the Pantry: Chana Masala (Cardamom Pods)

Andrea Meyers - Chana Masala

Dishes with beans are some of my favorite vegetarian sources of protein, and I especially like them flavored with many kinds of spices, such as this chana masala (chana = garbanzo beans/chickpeas; masala = spices). If you like Indian food, then chana masala is a must to add to your repertoire because it truly is… 

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Spicy Thai-Style Eggplant

Andrea Meyers - Spicy Thai-Style Eggplant

Our summer garden is going gangbusters this year, and we have some surprise Thai basil volunteers that seeded themselves in our bay laurel tree pot. The plants have already gotten huge with fragrant leaves and pretty purple flowers, giving us plenty to cook with. The pungent flavor is a perfect match for this spicy Thai-style… 

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Steamed Baby Carrots with Ginger-Garlic Butter

Andrea Meyers - Steamed Baby Carrots with Ginger-Garlic Butter

There’s something about whole baby carrots steamed with the tops on, fork tender and sweet. I adore that delicate flavor and crunch and think they really add beauty to a plate. They are like the little black dress of carrots. And many times they are insanely easy to prepare, like this recipe from Cooking Light.

Warm Green Lentil Salad with Caramelized Onions, Feta Cheese, and Pears

Andrea Meyers - Warm Green Lentil Salad

When the cold of winter comes on, I don’t crave cold salads and raw vegetables, I like my vegetables cooked and my salads warm, or at least want some warmth, and cooked lentil salads are perfect for winter. The thing I like about this lentil dish is they can be a bowl of comfort food… 

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Sweet Potato Souffle

Sweet Potato Souffle - Andrea Meyers

Sunday dinner, or “supper” as we called it, was always a special time for my family, the one meal that we made sure to sit down and eat together. My mother would make pot roast or fried chicken or one of our other family favorites and all the kids would argue over who got the… 

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Roasted Butternut Squash Polenta with Smoked Gouda and Sauteed Mushrooms

Andrea Meyers - Roasted Butternut Squash Polenta with Smoked Gouda and Sauteed Mushrooms

Polenta isn’t typically the first dish I think of for Thanksgiving dinner, but after tasting this baked polenta with the roasted butternut squash and smoked Gouda, I’ve changed my mind. This dish would make a delicious substitute for traditional stuffing and has a lovely rustic appearance. The combination of the roasted squash, smoked Gouda, and… 

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Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce

We’re doing a special Thanksgiving edition of The Kids Cook Monday, because what better time to get the whole family in the kitchen than for one of the most festive meals of the year? There are several parts of the traditional Thanksgiving meal that the kids can help with, and one of our boys’ favorites… 

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