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Garlic Edamame

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I am always looking for quick, easy and talked about appetizers. Well, I was at a friends house a few weeks ago and she made these amazing little edamame bites and DAMN they were delicious. She got the recipe from Joyous Apron and happily passed it on to me. We had a party to go to this weekend and I made these Garlic Edamame and everyone inhaled them in about 15 minutes. They are just so easy to eat and kinda addicting.

Not only are they easy to eat they are SUPER easy to make.  Seriously, they take about 10 minutes to make.  My only tip to pass on is to watch the garlic.  You want the garlic to LIGHTLY brown, not burn. If it burns you need to throw it out and start over. There is a huge difference between browned and burnt. Here is a picture of my garlic that is browned.

Garlic Edamame 1

 

I found frozen edamame at Trader Joes, but you can find it in […]

2019-12-09T19:26:38+00:00December 9th, 2019|Starters, Sides|0 Comments

Cheesy Roasted Asparagus

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Well if your kids don’t like their veggies with this recipe then they are not normal:) This ooey, gooey, cheesy asparagus is so delicious and easy enough to whip up on a crazy busy night, but still gorgeous enough to serve at a dinner party. All your guests will love it, even the ones that say “I don’t like vegetables”. And I promise your kids will love it! This is recipe is also Keto friendly so if you are on that diet then this is PERFECT for you.

In the winter it can be hard to find those beautiful thick asparagus stalks so be sure and watch your cook time if you all you can find is the skinny stalks. There is nothing worse than mushy vegetables so for the skinny stalks cut the cook time down a couple minutes.  If you are lucky enough to find the thick ones then be sure to use your vegetable peeler and peel off the bottom 1/2 of the stalks (after you have cut off the tough woody ends).

Enjoy […]

2020-03-30T21:57:15+00:00December 6th, 2019|Sides, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Creamy Baked Fennel

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Many, many years ago on our way to the Outer Banks we stopped at a random Italian restaurant in a sketchy part of Norfolk, VA. It turned out to be one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Ok, let me rephrase that-it was one of the best random lunches I have ever had.  It did not compare to Daniel in NYC or Village Pub in Palo Alto, but it was damn good! One of the the dishes we ordered was Creamy Baked Fennel.  It was to die for! I mean it was one of those dishes that you think about for weeks after. The entire family loved it which was pretty amazing considering my boys were pretty young at the time. I tried contacting the restaurant many times asking for the recipe and there was never a response so I have been trying to recreate the dish since then.  I think I have finally come up with a recipe that can compete.   Now, keep in mind this is in NO way healthy […]

2020-01-09T16:45:09+00:00December 5th, 2019|Starters, Sides|0 Comments

Cornbread

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Cornbread is kinda like chili-everyone has an opinion about how it is made. In my opinion, there is NO sugar in cornbread! I’m happy to add cheddar cheese, jalapeños, chilis…., but no sugar or honey.  I don’t want to eat cake with chili or in my Thanksgiving Day dressing.  I want bread, so again, NO sugar!

Now that we have that clear here is my recipe for cornbread to served withTexas Chilior soups or for this time of year, Thanksgiving Day Dressing. It freezes great so go ahead and make it in advance if you want. Or make extra and have it for Chili night. Just wrap it in plastic wrap then put it in a zip-lock bag and freeze for up to 2 months.

I like to make my cornbread in a cast iron skillet-we have talked about this and about how every house should have a cast iron skillet. I use mine every single week for something. Put it on your list for Christmas if you don’t have one-I will link a good one below. […]

2019-11-27T16:27:34+00:00November 27th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole 1

Ah the Sweet Potato Casserole…you either hate it or you love it. I personally hate the traditional sweet, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and sugared pecans-its too sweet. I know a ton of people that love that dish and that is the highlight of the Thanksgiving dinner, but if you come to my house you will see no marshmallows:) with sweet potatoes. Don’t get me wrong I love sweet potatoes, but I like them savory. I have worked over the years to come up with a recipe that is not sweet, but still a great side dish for the turkey. I think you will really like it!

Now, I call this a casserole only because I put it in a casserole dish for easier heating and serving, but I like my sweet potatoes to be kinda like mashed potatoes-creamy, smooth…so by all means treat this like mashed potatoes and serve in a bowl if you prefer.

Side note-Sweet Potatoes don’t have the gluten like regular Russet, Yukon, Baby Bliss… so you do not have to […]

2019-11-20T16:20:30+00:00November 20th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments

Roasted Carrots

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Roasted Carrots are always a staple on the Thanksgiving table and they could not be easier to make! I make these year round because my family loves them so much and they are weeknight friendly, meaning I can whip them up in about 20 minutes.  And they are pretty hands off so I can pop them in the oven and don’t have to think about it until the timer goes off.

If you are making these for Thanksgiving just get them prepped and put the baking sheet on the back of the counter until the last minute then put them in the oven while the turkey is resting and you are heating any other side dishes. Or if you don’t have counter space or an extra baking sheet you can toss the carrots with the oil and spices and put them in a plastic bag until you are ready/able to put them on a free baking sheet.

Another note- you can absolutely use baby carrots if you do not want to cut the large carrots, but the […]

2019-11-19T19:37:40+00:00November 19th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments

Pumpkin Chipotle Cheddar Grits

Pumpkin Chipotle Cheddar Grits

Ok here it comes…..Thanksgiving recipes! We are about a week and a half out and this is about the time people start really thinking or stressing about the big day! My only advise is to calm down!  It is just dinner and not many people make the entire dinner themselves.  If you are hosting, come up with your menu this week and assign recipes to friends and family.  Take some of the pressure off! And if you are hosting then I would suggest you make only the turkey, but if you are the guest or making some of the sides along with the main course then this is a good one!  Pumpkin Chipotle Cheddar Grits!  It’s not traditional, but it is DELICIOUS and will pair perfectly with all the other traditional sides and that juicy turkey.

A side note-chipotle peppers are spicy! So start out using one and work your way up to 2 or 3 depending on how spicy you like it! You can freeze the left over peppers for up to 3 months.

Enjoy!

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2019-11-18T15:36:36+00:00November 18th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments

Zucchini Tart

I know it is technically Fall and we are supposed to be making soups and stews and all kinds of Fall stuff but it is still so hot and I keep seeing so much summer stuff in the grocery stores, like zucchini and they look amazing. Not like the end of the season wimpy zucchini. So I bought a huge bag from Costco and have made a crap ton of recipes with zucchini and one of those recipes was this fabulous Zucchini Tart. It looks really fancy, but it is really easy and the perfect light, meatless dinner. Ok, your big teenage boys might not like it, but just feed them a pizza and you eat this. Its delicious and so good with a cold glass of white wine!

What makes this recipe so easy is the mandoline slicer. It is a tool that you will use a million times and it is not that expensive and does not take up that much space in your kitchen so just bite the bullet and buy one.  But, if you […]

2019-09-30T17:31:37+00:00September 30th, 2019|Sides, Breakfast & Brunch|0 Comments

Summer Lentil Salad

Summer Lentil Salad

This is one of those “mom salads” as my kids call it.  It is healthy and not too appealing for kids, however my son had some friends over for dinner the other night and they all seemed to really like it, so…go figure! Summer Lentil Salad is liked by 14 year olds!

Lentils are high in fiber, and complex carbohydrates, while low in fat and calories. They are high in protein making lentils a perfect way to boost protein intake. They are naturally gluten-free, making them a delicious staple in a gluten-free kitchen. Plus, you can put lentils in almost anything- oatmeal, bolognese, soups, salads…

This salad is perfect for a side dish served with a piece of salmon or chicken.  It can be served hot, warm or cold so it is great to make the night before and take to work the next day-you don’t even need a protein served with it. You can add a handful of arugula or spinach and make this a true “salad”.

I used the vegetables I had on hand, but you […]

2019-08-15T15:37:00+00:00August 15th, 2019|Soups & Salads, Sides|0 Comments

Black Beans and Rice

Black beans and rice

When I was in college there was a restaurant on my way to class that served rice, black beans with cheese, salsa and sour cream.  I loved it and ate it all the time!! It was filling, quick and cheap. I still make it for myself for lunch if there is nothing in the house to eat-so good! But most of the time I make this (a bit more fancy than college but not much) as a side dish.  Black Beans and Rice is an easy and delicious side dish for almost anything, but especially for Tequila Lime Chicken, Instant Pot Crispy Pork Carnitas, or Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas. Many times I will add Trader Joe’s Frozen Roasted Corn or if I am lazy and need to get dinner on the table I will make this and add in shredded rotisserie chicken and dinner is served! Everyone loves it!

Trader Joes Frozen Corn

This recipe calls for uncooked rice, but there are many times that I […]

2019-08-08T17:51:54+00:00August 8th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments

Pickled Jalapeños

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Growing up in Texas a staple in your weekly diet is Tex-Mex-I’m not kidding! There are a million Mexican restaurants to choose from and the first thing everyone does when they get back from vacation is hit one of these to get their fix. The week before school starts you cannot get into a Tex-Mex restaurant in Dallas without a 2 hour wait and yes people wait 2 hours to get a table.  The trick is to get a seat in the bar and a BIG margarita and WAIT. But, oh its so good and after a week away at the beach or in the mountains a big ole plate of enchiladas or fajitas is just the thing. And the one condiment that is served is pickled jalapeños.

In my house we eat pickled jalapeños on EVERYTHING! For breakfast on Green Chili Breakfast Casserole , Mini Sausage and Cheese Burrito Bowls , Weekday Migas … For lunch in Tortilla Soup , on a BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, ….For Dinner on Mexican Lime Chicken , on […]

2019-07-10T22:39:30+00:00July 10th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments

Southern Dirty Rice

Southern Dirty Rice

Side dishes, ugh!  I have said this before, but side dishes are hard! Why? I don’t know, but maybe because we spend so much time on the main course that we are tired by the time we remember the lowly side dish?? At least that is my answer and plus I have boys and they basically want MEAT so I make the side dish and the little farts don’t eat it.  So, I have to work very hard to get a good list of side dishes they will eat so I know my time is not wasted.

This Southern Dirty Rice is one of those dishes that everyone eats. It’s probably because it has NO redeeming healthy qualities, lol! It uses a stick of butter for heavens sake, but damn it is SO good.  I mean SO good! It is salty, savory, creamy…all the things you look for in a recipe:).  Oh and lets not forget it is SUPER easy-you open a few cans. This is not my typical recipe I post because it does […]

2019-03-05T17:28:15+00:00March 5th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments

Blanched Asparagus with Beurre Blanc

Blanched Asparagus with Beurre Blanc, damn that sounds fancy!! Well, it is fancy but super easy and very impressive. Let’s break this recipe down… blanched means to scald in boiling water for a brief time and then place in an ice bath to stop the cooking. Basically you are boiling the vegetable until it is crisp tender and then cooling it down so it does not over cook. Easy, right?

Ok on to Beurre Blanc..it is literally translated from French as “white butter”.  It is butter sauce made with a reduction of white wine, lemon juice and shallots into which cold butter is whisked in to prevent separation. I know that sounds super fancy, but I promise it is not hard and once you learn how to make the sauce from heaven you will make it all the time.  It goes with everything-steak, eggs, vegetables, old shoe…. It is to die for!

So we are basically making boiled asparagus with a butter sauce. Sounds much more manageable. There are a few tricks to pull this off-1) use a timer when blanching the asparagus […]

2019-02-11T17:54:36+00:00February 11th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments

Fondant Potatoes

Fondant Potatoes are not a new thing, but they are rarely seen or discussed and I am not sure why.  They are SO easy and SO delicious! I honestly forget to make these fabulous little delights because I am always trying to find new amazing ways to make the same damn thing-potatoes:) But, the other night I was digging through the bare fridge and pantry (yes I too hate going to grocery store sometimes) and I found 2 sad looking russet potatoes, some butter (I will never not have butter), garlic (same thing-never not have it), left over chicken stock and rosemary (I have a huge plant of rosemary-I could bathe in it I love the smell so much). I pulled out my trusty cast iron skillet and created these to die for potatoes!

Ok, lets discuss cast iron skillets.  You MUST own a cast iron skillet! Stop what you are doing and go buy one!  I know this sounds old fashioned and silly, but you will be able to pass down a good cast iron skillet […]

2019-02-08T17:39:52+00:00February 8th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments

Instant Pot Meyer Lemon Risotto

I know, I know I have said I am not a fan of the Instant Pot and in general I am not.  I just don’t love shredded meat (occasionally in tacos) or using the Instant Pot when I can make the same thing on the stove in the same amount of time.  BUT, I have been working to find recipes that do take advantage of the time saving aspect of the IP. One of those recipes is risotto.  If you have ever made risotto you know what a pain in the butt it is-you have to stand right next to the stove and stir and stir and stir…. Now if you are sous chef and have time to do this great, but I am a mom and I am being pulled in a million different directions and I don’t have the time or desire to stand next to a pot and stir to make essentially rice:). I say “rice”, but if you have ever had really good risotto then you know how amazing and luxurious it is.

So….how […]

2020-03-29T23:05:10+00:00January 20th, 2019|Starters, Sides|0 Comments

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese

 

Your friend says bring an appetizer to a party and you think what can I go buy? But, store bought vs homemade is just not comparable. Homemade is so much better and so much more appreciated by the host. If you have the time try this Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese Dip. My good friend Allison gave me this recipe and I have made it about 15 times and every time people just love it! This recipe is not quick, but its easy and so delicious and kind of a conversation piece on the buffet.  It is very dramatic and your guests will love it.  You can also serve this as a side dish along grilled chicken or oven roasted salmon and if you have any left overs you can put it in a blender with some milk and make a quick cauliflower soup.

Give it a try and let me know your thoughts!

Enjoy!

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese Dip

A dramatic […]

2018-09-17T18:52:12+00:00September 17th, 2018|Starters, Sides|0 Comments

Roasted Broccoli

Awe the lonely side dish. We all get so focused on the main course that we forget about the side dish. And frankly who has the time to prepare a main course and a fancy side dish?  Well, my approach is during the week I keep my side dishes EASY! I steam green beans, blanch asparagus or roast broccoli. All of these take about 5-10 minutes to prepare.  Add a side salad out of a bag and you are good to go for dinner!

My family loves this roasted broccoli recipe and I make it often since broccoli is pretty much “in season” all year round. Make a double batch and save the extra in the fridge to add to omelets in the morning or serve along side a grilled chicken breast for lunch.  Now I realize that in the hot summer months you don’t want to want to heat up your kitchen by using the oven, but this takes only about 10 minutes so your oven won’t be on long and roasting gives the veggies such a […]

2018-04-27T17:14:02+00:00April 27th, 2018|Sides|0 Comments

Quick Refried Beans

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You can’t have Mexican food without refried beans. Here in Texas, Mexican food is a staple food that most people eat at least once a week, if not more.  Now don’t confuse Cal-Mex with Tex-Mex.  There is a big difference.  In Texas it is an indulgence-we use a lot of beef, cheddar cheese and pinto beans or refried beans.  With every dish you order at a restaurant you will get a side of refried beans unless you ask otherwise.  And they are SO good, but they are SO high calorie.  I have come up with a recipe that is super easy and quick but is also a bit more healthy.  I won’t say diet food, but it is not made with lard like most refried beans recipes.

I make these beans whenever I make enchiladas, fajitas or tacos and the kids love them.  They are cheesy and smoky and a bit spicy. And if you have a picky eater you can use these beans and whip up a bean and cheese soft taco-that is my youngest […]

2020-05-11T17:20:50+00:00April 19th, 2018|Sides|0 Comments

Winter Arugula Salad

Salad, Salad, Salad it is what I am craving right now. Over the holidays we did a lot of eating and while we were in New York City we ate even more, but how can you not eat fabulous food while in NYC?  Next to Paris it is the best eating city in the world, in my opinion.  So needless to say I need to eat some salads, but I think that homemade salads are hard to make.  Why??  Im not sure.  I go out to restaurants and pay $18 for a salad that is just kale, rotisserie chicken with some almonds thrown in there and it seems to taste better.  So, I am on a mission to come up with some delicious salads that are easy, satisfying and filling and this is my first one.

This salad is a great base for any protein or by itself as a light lunch or side dish.  My husband LOVES salmon so I buy a piece for him and throw it on this salad or I will sauté some shrimp or shred a rotisserie […]
2018-03-01T15:13:24+00:00January 11th, 2018|Soups & Salads, Sides|0 Comments

Chopped Detox Salad

Ok its the new year!!!  We made it through the holidays happy and healthy and little bit heavier 🙁 So now its time to get in shape for spring break. I need to shed a few of these pounds because we always go to the beach for spring break because its warm, sunny and we can have a true family break.  When March rolls around we are all in desperate need of a relaxing, calm vacation as a family.  Spring break is one of those holidays I truly cherish and protect. It is an opportunity for us as a family to spend quality time together without distractions or schedules.  Since my boys are now teens 🙁 time with them is more precious now than it has ever been and I do my best to carve out time with all of us together.  These vacations will end soon so for the time being spring break vacation is not an option to miss-sorry school and coaches my kids will miss whatever ridiculous thing/game/tournament scheduled to spend time with family and catch up on sleep.

Back […]
2018-02-17T00:51:14+00:00January 9th, 2018|Soups & Salads, Sides|0 Comments

Black Eyed Peas

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New Year’s Eve Day is filled with lots of food traditions.  We normally go over to my parents house where my mom prepares a huge “good luck” meal. One of the most important dishes served is Black Eyed Peas. They are thought to bring prosperity in the new year and who can use some prosperity?

In understand they are a Southern tradition and the way I make mine are in true Southern/Texan fashion with ham hock, jalapeño and Texas Pete Pepper Sauce.
Now, this recipe does take some forethought if you are using dried peas-if you can find fresh (which a lot of stores have fresh in stock right now) you do not need to plan too far in advance.  But, if you are using dried you need to soak the peas in water overnight. So get up and run to the grocery store and grab yourself a bag of peas! You do not want start your new year without black eyed peas!!
This is a simple recipe and I make it year round because my family […]
2019-12-31T17:26:21+00:00December 31st, 2017|Sides|0 Comments

Green Bean Bundles

Finding a side dish that is easy and delicious is not easy:) I started making this recipe years ago when I needed a “fancy” side dish, but had my hands full with babies and needed it to be easy.  This one has been a winner ever since.  I love green beans because they are so versatile and available.  You can find good fresh green beans all year round in every grocery store and that is key to an easy recipe.  If you can’t find the ingredients easily then the recipe is not easy to me.
Every menu needs a green and this is a fabulous green side dish that you can serve warm or at room temperature so it works great for buffets.  It takes about 15 minutes to prepare and about 20 minutes to cook.

 

Makes 8 Servings

8 slices of bacon
3/4 stick (6 Tablespoons) butter,  melted
1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans or haricot vert (the thinner green beans)
Preheat oven to 350°
Line a […]
2018-02-15T21:28:11+00:00December 19th, 2017|Sides|0 Comments

Wild Rice and Fall Vegetable Casserole

I have been busy finalizing my Thanksgiving menu and I always like to throw in a new recipe just to add to my collection of holiday recipes.  This one is delicious!  Its hearty and flavorful and the perfect Thanksgiving side dish.  

You can add whatever vegetables you like such as carrots, mushrooms, parsnips, beets….You can also add shredded rotisserie chicken to make this a weeknight meal or you could add browned sausage and pass this off as your Thanksgiving dressing.  
The only thing that takes time is the wild rice and that takes about 20 minutes.  Be sure not to over cook the rice or the final dish will be a bit gummy. If anything under cook it and it will finish in the oven.  I have not found frozen wild rice to speed up this process, but if you know of a good frozen wild rice brand please let me know!!  I use Rice Select Royal Blend. 

 

Makes about 8-10 servings
2 cups wild rice, cooked
2 strips bacon
1/2 onion, chopped
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and […]
2018-02-15T21:28:11+00:00November 7th, 2017|Sides|0 Comments

Bacon Bourbon Fig Jam

Figs are one of those things I see in the grocery store and they look so exotic and sophisticated and delicious and I have no idea what to do with them.  I love figs when I order them in restaurants, but when I buy them they seem to always go bad on the counter because I don’t know what to do with them at home.  So, I decided to figure out a recipe that is easy and would use up those beautiful figs! 

A couple fun facts about figs-they have a ton of healthy benefits in addition to be delicious! They are an excellent source of fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, B12…. and they have more antioxidants than red wine! They truly are the perfect fruit! 
This recipe is the perfect compliment to a cheese platter, especially with brie or blue cheese.  It is also great spread over toast in the morning or added into yogurt. Another great thing about this recipe is you can use your figs even if […]
2018-02-15T21:28:12+00:00October 28th, 2017|Sides, Breakfast & Brunch|0 Comments

White Beans with Rosemary and Garlic

It has been a long week and its only Thursday! We have not been home one night for a family dinner so I am excited to have everyone around the table tonight to talk about their day and week and of course answer trivia questions:)  Yes, my family plays trivia every night at the table.  It helps the conversation and keeps them at the table longer because once dinner is over everyone goes to their rooms to do homework or more importantly answer snapchats! So the longer I can keep them the longer we can hang out with them without them really thinking we are having family time. 

This is a recipe that I make all year round, but it is so comforting especially in the fall and winter.  It is easy to make and it reheats beautifully, although it does not freeze well.  I think that white beans turn gritty when they are frozen and thawed.  This is obviously a side dish, but you can take this to a party and serve it with toasted baguette slices or crackers […]
2018-02-15T21:28:12+00:00October 12th, 2017|Starters, Sides|0 Comments

Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini

I seem to remember when I was growing up that we always had 2-3 side dishes with each meal.  Which I find crazy!   I don’t remember the side dishes being elaborate, but we had them.  My mom cooked every night of the week and we always sat down as a family to eat. I cook almost every night of the week, but I cook 1 side dish at most for 2 reasons-1- I don’t have time to come up with or make 2 side dishes and a main course and 2- my kids won’t eat that many vegetables, ha!  So I generally spend time on my main course and then add a very simple side dish like steamed broccoli or steamed green green beans or roasted potatoes, simple. 

On occasion I will make a fun, yummy side like Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini and my kids love it and I love it and it fills me up on good veggies so I don’t stuff my face with Cheez-Its at 10:30 at night. 
This recipe for zucchini is easy and does not take much time so […]
2018-02-15T21:28:12+00:00September 25th, 2017|Sides|0 Comments

Cauliflower Mash

I put this recipe separate from the Turkey Meatloaf because it is so good and can go with any main course you serve and it takes about 10 minutes to make. It is so good and your kids will not know it is cauliflower. My middle son who hates EVERYTHING ate this and loved it! I nearly fell over when I got a “yum Mom”!

You can add so many things to this recipe to make it fabulous and different so just experiment.  You can add Parmesan cheese, roasted garlic, rosemary, basil….
A quick note- you might need to play with the amount of milk you use to get the right consistency depending on how big your cauliflower head is or how much water it absorbs during the cooking process. 
Enjoy!
PS- I have linked necessary items below the recipe-just click to purchase

 

Makes about 4-6 servings

1 large head of cauliflower, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 small garlic clove, minced
parsley for garnish
salt and pepper to taste
Bring a large pot of water to […]
2018-02-15T21:28:13+00:00August 24th, 2017|Sides|0 Comments

Herbed Ricotta Crostini with Radishes

I was about to type that I think spring is my favorite time of year for food, but then I realized that I love all the seasons for different reasons.  When every season arrives I am ready for the change of flavors.  And right now with spring in full swing I am loving all that it has to offer.  I love the herbs, the vegetables, the colors, the fruit…. Its all so happy and bright and delicious! 

I could never be one of those people that eats to just put fuel in their bodies.  I love the textures, colors, smells, and even the memories that food brings to life.  I cannot live on protein bars and egg whites.  I just can’t do it. And I guess the means that I will always be 10 pounds over weight:) Oh well!  
I do try and eat as healthy as possible, but I am not going to deprive myself of good food, especially if I am at a fabulous restaurant.  But, one of the benefits of cooking at home is that you get to see […]
2018-02-15T21:28:13+00:00May 4th, 2017|Starters, Sides|0 Comments

Zucchini Noodles with Parmesan

Spring is here and so are all the beautiful vegetables. The grocery store is full of gorgeous colors and amazing aromas. I bought so many vegetables just to annoy my kids:) They, like most kids, do not love veggies.  They will eat what I make, but under duress. But, I am not giving up! I figure eventually they will come around to like a few. 

Once of my favorite vegetables is zucchini.  I make it often and normally sauté it with parmesan and lemon-easy!  Well, now the cool new trend in food is to make your food look like something other than it is.  And spiraling your vegetables is one of those trends.  You can buy a very cool attachment for your Kitchen Aid mixer or you can find a counter top gadget that will spiralize your veggies.  I found a great brand that has all the work already done for you, Veggie Noodle Company.  
So, this recipe can be made with cool zucchini noodles or you can just cut the zucchini into chunks. Whatever will get your family to eat […]
2018-02-15T21:28:14+00:00April 26th, 2017|Sides|0 Comments

Creamy Barley with Spring Vegetables and Sauteed Shrimp

 

As you all probably know by now I am not a “health nut”. But, if I can find a food that is good for you and tastes good I am all in.  I love to cook with barley! I put it in soups, salads and as a side dish. Whole grain barley is a great source of fiber, potassium, folate and B6. And… if you mix it with a ton of vegetables you have a healthy side dish or snack.

This recipe I served for dinner with sautéed shrimp.  The whole family loved it-even the most picky one!!! Trust me that is huge considering the kid would eat steak for EVERY meal. Occasionally he will ask for fish (which is even stranger), but every single day he asks for steak for dinner.  Since he is my third boy I am kinda like, screw it, eat steak-its not worth the fight.  I mean we put all our effort into the first two lets just experiment and see how the third one turns out if he eats steak for every […]
2018-02-15T22:24:07+00:00March 29th, 2017|Meats & Fish, Sides|0 Comments
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