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Young Carrot and Parsnip Fries

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For our alternative Thanksgiving menu, we were looking for a vegetable that was a bit out of the ordinary to compliment our main course.  Instead of one, I found two. I purchased a bunch

Mofongo Stuffing (Three Gluten-Free Options)

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When I realized I had a problem with gluten and stopped consuming wheat, the biggest loss to me had to be Thanksgiving stuffing. I had never been a big fan of bread, but there

Baked Delicata Squash Rings

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Delicata squash somehow remains a mystery for many people who see the cream colored, green ridged squash in the store, but have no idea what to make with it once they get it to

Sauteed Dandelion Greens with Cotija, Garlic and Chile Sauce

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When I was a baby, we lived in a Chicago neighborhood where the fences between the homes were made of rows of flowers, and dandelion greens grew freely. It became our custom to pull

Baked Stuffed Squash Blossoms (Gluten- and Grain-free)

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Squash blossoms are popular in Mexican and Italian cooking, and it shouldn’t be surprising because the delicate beauty these edible flowers add to a recipe is undeniable. They are often added to soup, sauces

~ Stewed Figs with Plumcots

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As the evenings catch a chill and the leaves begin to turn glorious reds and golds and browns, our appetites also begin to long for the heartier textures and flavors of Autumn meals. Yet,

~ Baked Yucca Fries

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Mmmmmm! Yucca fries! Brushed with coconut oil, slathered with fresh garlic and cajun spice, warm out of the oven where they have been roasted to perfection, these fries look like they were made from

~ Arañitas (Little Spiders)

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Arañitas, or ‘little spiders’, a traditional Puerto Rican dish, are simply grated plantains that are dropped into hot oil and fried until they are golden brown and crunchy. Easy to prepare, these spider-like pinches

~ Zucchini Parmesan Dressed Down and Up

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This is a quick and easy vegetable dish that can be dressed down or up, depending on how you intend to use it. It is another great option to include on Meatless Monday or

~ ‘Refried’ Beans

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I am sad to say that I don’t make the best refried beans in the world. I make some pretty good beans, but they are not the best. That honor, in my humble opinion,