Crispy Gnocchi with Cherry Tomatoes and Cheese

Courtesy of The New York Times

Serves 4

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
2 (12- to 18-ounce) packages shelf-stable or refrigerated potato gnocchi
¼ cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes, plus more for serving
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 pints small tomatoes, such as cherry, grape or Sungold
¼ cup thinly sliced or torn basil leaves (optional), plus more for serving

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Callaloo

  • 4 cups callaloo (amaranth) green, or substitute collard greens, rinsed well, chopped and tightly packed
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat, olive oil, or coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet or habanero pepper
  • Salt to taste
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Pumpkin Lasagna

I wouldn't necessarily make this again if I didn't have pumpkin puree in need of a home. But it was a great use for a bag of frozen pumpkin puree! Mildly adapted from Food and Wine.

1 pound lasagna noodles
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for tossing
1 onion, finely chopped
2 pounds Swiss chard, stems discarded and leaves chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Three 15-ounce cans pumpkin puree (or whatever is lying around in your freezer!)

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Bourbon Chicken

Billed as Cajun-Chinese fusion, we found this recipe to fit more with Chinese than the American south.  But, tasty either way.

Ingredients

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  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
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    Sushi Bake

    Who knew we'd been eating sushi wrong all this time? Apparently Filipinos and Hawaiians.

    I used this website for guidance and accompanied it with this cucumber salad (although next time I would leave out the hondashi).

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    Creamy Macaroni and Cheese (w/ Ham)

    This is a delightfully easy and delicious rendition of a creamy (vice baked casserole style) macaroni and cheese. I will admit that it is reminiscent of boxed mac n' cheese, but it is one of the few hot dishes our toddler will share with us. And although I have included ham here, it is entirely optional (and frankly just a great way to use up leftover Christmas ham). A tweaked version of this Southern Living recipe.

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    Small Batch Eggnog

    Courtesy of Smitten Kitchen.

    1 large egg, ideally pasteurized [see Note]
    1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
    6 tablespoons rum, brandy, whiskey, or a combination thereof
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
    1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
    4 to 6 tablespoons milk
    4 to 6 tablespoons heavy cream
    Freshly grated nutmeg

    Separate your egg, placing the yolk in one bowl or jar and the white in another.

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    Salmon Burger

    Jon was very skeptical due to lingering dislike of salmon patties from his youth, but he admitted these were actually quite good. Courtesy of Bon Appetit. Serves 4.

    1½ pounds boneless, skinless center-cut salmon, patted dry
    5 scallions, green parts finely chopped, white parts thinly sliced
    1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled, finely grated
    1 garlic clove, finely grated
    2 tablespoons plus ⅔ cup mayonnaise
    Kosher salt

    1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

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    Cobbler

    This can work with berries or stone fruit. Adapted from https://www.savingdessert.com/wprm_print/22737

    • 1 double pie crust
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons cornstarch (see notes)
    • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 4 cups blackberries
    • juice of ½ lemon (if needed to add tartness)
    • 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • coarse sugar for topping

    Instructions

    Prepare a double crust pie pastry and refrigerate until needed. (See link in notes)
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