roasted cauliflower

High-heat roasting caramelizes the cauliflower and enhances its flavor, further intensified here with olive oil, paprika and coriander.
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breakfast sausage

The ingredients list for Jimmy Dean pork sausage: Pork, Water, Corn Syrup, Salt, Spices, Dexstrose, Monosodium Glutamate.

There ARE better alternatives (such as Applegate), but it’s so easy to make homemade breakfast sausage, and the result is so very tasty. You can make them in advance, and freeze (place parchment paper between patties) for quick and easy midweek meals. Next time I’m definitely doubling the recipe.
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stuffed portobello mushrooms

I love these stuffed portobello mushrooms – they are delicious and so pretty. They can work well as an appetizer when you host, or just serve them as a tasty side dish, as I did tonight.

Stuffed and baked portobello mushrooms can become soggy. To avoid sogginess:
1. Wipe clean, don’t wash them (they absorb water).
2. Pre-broil to release some of the water.
3. In the final stage of baking or broiling, broil or bake briefly, just until topping is browned. Baking too long will result in mushy mushrooms that have released their liquid into your filling. If that happens, the only thing you can do is to carefully drain the liquid, and place the mushrooms on paper towels to soak as much of the liquid as you can.
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microwave spaghetti squash

It’s easy enough to cook spaghetti squash in the oven; it’s ridiculously easy to cook it in the microwave! So easy in fact, and the results are quite comparable, that more often than not, when cooking spaghetti squash, I choose the microwave.
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creamy cauliflower soup

This creamy, delicate cauliflower soup gets extra flavor from garlic, nutmeg and Parmesan. The heavy cream is optional – the soup is creamy even without it – but it does elevate the experience enough to be worth it, in my opinion.
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skirt steak

As much as I enjoy my pan-fried London broil, I have to admit that I enjoy even more the fattier cut of skirt steak. Skirt steak is very flavorful, and it’s easier to cook – it doesn’t dry out as fast, so you can cook it to medium if you’re so inclined, rather than medium-rare.
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hungarian goulash

Tender chunks of beef, simmered for hours in a rich, paprika-infused sauce, filling the house with the intoxicating aroma of comfort food. On a cold winter night, there’s nothing better than a hot plate of flavorful beef stew!
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