Poblanos Stuffed with Goat Cheese Mashed DYPs

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I recently found red poblano peppers at my local farmers’ market. I could not believe my good fortune in finding these beautiful peppers that are color coordinated for Christmas because they come in red and green!

Poblanos peppers are great for stuffing since the inside is spacious. And since the ripened red poblano is hotter than the less ripe, green ones, you can do both and your guests can choose according to their heat preference.DYP Cookbook| She Paused 4 Thought

Poblanos have a flavor reminiscent of a mildly spiced-up bell pepper, which compliments a variety of stuffing from meat to cheese or my new favorite – Dutch Yellow Potatoes (DYP)

This fiery recipe comes from Melissa’s Produce latest cookbook DYPs The Perfect Everyday Potato CookbookThere are 154 recipes, grouped according to the four seasons of the year, incorporating the seasonal harvests to enhance, support and combine with the DYP.

Today’s Recipe:

I like to char my peppers on my cooktop, but you can also do it in the oven, either way, grill the peppers for 5 minutes on each side, or until they are charred. Continue Reading →

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Dutch Yellow Potato Coconut Fudge

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Potatoes…can we ever get enough of them? Considering that the average American eats about 126 pounds of potatoes each year, I dare say not. There are more than 5,000 varieties of this delectable tuber worldwide to fall in love with, but today I am narrowing it down to one, the Dutch Yellow Potato (DYP).

If I ever doubted the endless possibilities of the mighty potato, my faith has been renewed thanks to a new cookbook called DYP’s The Perfect Everyday Potato Cookbook from Melissa’s Produce. Continue Reading →

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Easy Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel | She Paused 4 Thought When I was growing up my mother used to make the most amazing apple strudel. It has been years since I have tasted this fall treat with apples picked right off the tree in our backyard. When I was back in Iowa last month I made my mother dig deep into her memory banks and teach me how to make it. It tasted as good if not better than I remembered it. I knew this recipe was a keeper, so the best way to remember something is to teach it to someone else. Fortunately for me, I had two willing participants. Apple Strudel | She Paused 4 Thought My niece Liz and my most adorable and energetic great niece Halle were up to the task. They completed the mission with excellent results. Continue Reading →

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Homemade Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole with Crispy Shallots

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It is never too early to start thinking about Holiday meals. Meat has traditionally been the main attraction, but side dishes are now successfully vying for stardom. It is always fun to add a new dish to your repertoire, and even more interesting to amp up a classic. Today’s homemade version of the classic Green Bean Casserole is sure to make you retire your canned mushroom soup for good.

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Spicy Persimmon Salsa

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It is that time of year here in Southern California when persimmons are falling off trees like manna from heaven. One of my favorite ways to eat a divine Fuyu persimmon is fresh.

The Fuyu persimmon is quite hard to describe, as it is sweet like a date, crunchy like an apple, with just the slightest hint of pumpkin. There are two major varieties – Fuyu and Hachiya. This recipe is for Fuyu only; to learn about the different varieties, click here. Continue Reading →

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