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Two Bean Butternut Squash Chili

Two Bean Butternut Squash Chili

I’m a sucker for a good chili … spicy, warm, comforting. And for some very strange reason, I never make the same chili twice. I’m always tweaking: always adding a little extra this or subtracting a little of that. Sausage, ground meat, bell peppers, beans; regardless the ingredients, there is always a soul-satisfying, heartwarming bowl of chili to enjoy. This time around, chunks of butternut squash replaced meat and provided for the perfect counterpart to cannelini and black beans. Chipotle chilies added a smoky, spicy dimension of flavor every bowl of
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Cranberry Apple Chutney

Cranberry Apple Chutney

Thanksgiving is just a week away so I thought I’d share some recipes that will be gracing our table this year. There are, of course, a few dishes that remain virtually unchanged year after year: the turkey is roasted simply with fresh vegetables and herbs; the sweet potatoes are baked with brown sugar and marshmallows; and the rice is made in our family’s traditional way … and there are no ifs, ands or buts about it. But some dishes I like to tweak and experiment with include appetizers, the essential cranberry sauce and all the fall inspired desserts.
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Roast Chicken, Cranberry and Honey Mustard Pita Sandwich

I love roasting a whole chicken and then using leftovers in a variety of ways. My favorite as of late is this pita sandwich with roast chicken, homemade cranberry sauce, sweet and tangy honey mustard and fresh watercress. It’s a satisfying little sandwich and it’s pretty healthy. I used Greek pita bread that I placed under the broiler for a couple of minutes to get some color but you can obviously use any bread you wish. Layer some roast chicken breast over one half of the pita and top with honey mustard, cranberry sauce and a handful of watercress. Top with
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Olive Oil Poached Cod, Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Sauteed Broccoli Rabe with Pine Nuts

We eat fish quite a bit: I pan fry whole porgies or cook them in a foil “pouch” with oregano, garlic and olive oil on a weekly basis. But more supple fillets of fish inherently prone to overcooking, usually pose a problem as they demand a bit more attention than I can offer on a weeknight. It was only just recently I figured out a solution to this problem; it was only just recently I figured out that poaching fish in olive oil is an unbelievably forgiving method of cooking delicate fish that yields such amazingly tender, moist results. I cannot sing this
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Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onions over Polenta

It’s been a while since I participated in the Leftover Queen’s Royal Foodie Joust, but I’m back this month with an entry using each of the three chosen ingredients (orange colored squash/pumpkin; black tinted stout; sugar) and lots of Fall flair. A heartwarming, soul-satisfying dish fit for Autumn is what I was going for here. So I took some flavorful butternut squash, soaked it in dark beer, coated it in brown sugar then browned it in some butter and roasted it with a bit of the beer til tender. Onions caramelized with the remaining beer joined the
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Psites Patates kai Piperies — Roasted Potatoes and Peppers

Simplicity is best more often than not, especially when it comes to cooking. Even though I am extremely detail-oriented and a stickler for getting things just right, I’m not a big fan of elaborate dishes, eccentrically plated with extreme care — dinner parties at this household are pretty much always served “family-style,” just like our everyday meals. These potatoes and peppers are characteristic of the type of dish I might serve. It couldn’t be a simpler dish, but believe me there is no loss of flavor. I use some white potatoes, fairly

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