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Firehouse Challenge: Stuffing

Two stuffings

Next up came stuffing. Arguably, this has the most "active" time of any of the traditional side dishes. There's chopping and sauteing involved. I made this dish twice, once manually cutting up the vegetables as a home cook's pace and a second time using a food processor which dramatically cut the prep time. Otherwise, it's just a matter of cutting up bread and letting it go stale or toasting it  in an oven.  In the photo … [Read more...]

“Minestrone” Soup like My Mother’s

Minestrone

Recipe by Kathleen Flinn In my first book, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry, this recipe was known as "Potage 'Minestrone' a la Ma Mere," since all the recipes had French names. This is neither French, nor strictly speaking, even minestrone. Instead, it served as a catch-all flexible soup recipe into which my mother could leverage the various leftovers from our dinner table. With five kids on a Michigan farm, my … [Read more...]

Shepherd’s Pie with Chard-Lentil Filling

Shepards Pie with lentils

Recipe by Kim O'Donnel My family has shifted to mostly vegetarian in the past couple of years. This has meant something new for us: meatless holiday dinners.  The key to this recipe is a great technique: braising lentils in red wine. This step adds a certain "meatiness" to the dish. Since I first made this dish, I now routinely braise lentils in wine for other dishes, too. Last year, we had the extended family for dinner … [Read more...]