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Maple-Roasted Carrot Salad – Hello, favorite new salad! I love roasted vegetables and especially love roasted carrots. Roasting concentrates the flavor of vegetables and in carrots makes them even sweeter and more delicious. I’ve made roasted carrots a zillion times but it never occurred to me to put them on a salad. Fortunately it did […]

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, I have a gadget that you need to know about… How to Use a Potato Ricer! I am something of a kitchen gadget queen, although with my limited storage, (no basement, very few upper cabinets) I’ve been trying to wean myself off of gadgets that have only one purpose. I […]

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Honey Roasted Acorn Squash! We have less than two weeks until Thanksgiving and something happened overnight with our weather and it’s finally fall in Florida. It always feels pretty weird to heat up the oven and cook fall foods when it’s still 85° out so I’ll take any cooler weather I can get. Fall brings […]

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Summer Zucchini Season is in full swing so Pasta with Zucchini & Ricotta is the answer to that age old question… “Hey, would you take some zucchini? I have a ton in my garden!” That answer should always be, YES! Quickly sautéed zucchini meets creamy ricotta cheese in a dinner that cooks in just about […]

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First a disclaimer about Tarragon Fingerling Potatoes… This is not a real recipe.  We can call it a method, but I don’t want anyone to think….oh geez, now she’s boiling potatoes and calling it magical, or anything like that. I happen to have a friend who texts me with great angst whenever a certain someone on the […]

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Cheesy Chipotle Mashed Potatoes is the companion recipe to yesterday’s Crockpot Shredded Chicken with Chipotles. But let me assure you that you might soon be making these potatoes to go with EVERYTHING! These potatoes are sooooo good. Nice big chunks of potatoes with just a smoky hint of chipotle for a little zip. If you […]

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Remember my addiction to funky salads? Well, sign me up for a BIG BOWL of Charred Cauliflower Salad! We’ve learned that roasting vegetables does weird and wonderful, flavorful things. Well so does charring in a pan. This salad, like several recipes featured here at Idiot’s Kitchen, was first made for me by my friend Jen […]

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Spaghetti with Broccoli Pesto. You’re probably wondering what on earth I’m talking about. Yes, pesto! The green stuff…but made with broccoli instead of basil. Pesto is named for the act of grinding the ingredients together, old school in a mortar and pestle but the basil variety is so popular that everyone assumes that’s what you’re talking […]

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Thai Quinoa Salad! Also known as The Salad That Kept Me From Starving Last Week. Sorry for the light posting here lately. Life has been overwhelming and crazy with the symphony season(s) winding down, commuting around Florida, commuting around Minnesota, and the return of the not so welcome internet hackers. There hasn’t been much time […]

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Brown Butter Granola! I was never a big granola fan until I started making my own. Store bought granola is always so hard and crunchy, way too sweet, and suffering from raisin overload. With homemade granola, once you get the hang of a few basic steps, you can customize it to include a variety of […]

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