Category Archives: Side Dish

Scarborough Fair Potatoes

Scarborough Fair Pototoes are flavored with (of course) Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme!  According to Wikipedia (so take this with a grain of salt!) “Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme may also refer to the pagan belief that together these four spices can be a love charm.”   So pull out the old Simon & Garfunkel records […]

A Southern Girl’s Potato Salad

A big thanks to Heidi for sending us her potato salad recipe! Classic Southern-Style Potato Salad Any good southern girl will tell you that no picnic is complete without a great potato salad.  There are millions of variations of this classic side dish and I have tried most of them.  But my all time favorite […]

Coleslaw

Here’s some trivia for you:  The term “coleslaw” arose in the 20th century as a partial translation from the Dutch term “koolsla”, a shortening of “koolsalade”, which means “cabbage salad”.   In the US, most coleslaw is made with a mayonaise-based dressing, but this is a recipe that has been a favorite in my family for […]

Traditional Deviled Eggs

One of the things I love about Easter is eggs!   And what better to do with hard boiled eggs than deviled eggs.   We are going to an Easter/Birthday Party today and this is one of the dishes I’m taking.  Everybody loves deviled eggs and I’m sure they will disappear quickly!   These will be great alongside […]

Spotlight – Chinese Tea Leaf Eggs

Browsing the webs for more interesting egg ideas, I wandered across this by NoobCook.  If you’re not going to go for dying the outsides of eggshells this year, perhaps this would be a fun and tasty alternative!  I’ve seen these before and they always struck me as so beautiful…  I’ve also seen this done with […]

Gorgeous Pickled Beet Eggs

I’ve never heard of these either, but my new fave food blog, Eye Candy, has yet another gorgeous egg idea!  (I might just have to try these!) These hard-boiled eggs were pickled in a beet and white vinegar solution, then sliced in half and filled with an egg yolk-mayonnaise-mustard cream. They gain their colour from […]

Carrot Souffle

[ed- Easter’s coming!  Dawn brings us a great idea to get your kids to eat Carrots!] I am NOT a fan of cooked carrots.  Never have been.  A few years ago my Step-mother hipped me to the Carrot Souffle at our local chain Cafeteria and I’ve been hooked ever since.  In the past I’ve just […]

Spotlight: Hen and Chicks Boiled Eggs

OK, St Pat’s is over, and it’s time to start thinking Easter!  This is SUCH a cute idea for Easter, from one of my favorite new food blog finds, Eye Candy Food Blog!  (thanks Niki for the pointer!) Are you looking for Easter dishes that are easy and fun to make? If yes, then these […]

Spotlight: Oven Fried Onion Rings

I posted these a few weeks ago to our Facebook page and they were so popular I figured I’d share them here as a Spotlight! The Brown Eyed Baker shares her recipe for doing onion rings, without a big ol pan of hot oil. So clever! I adore onion rings. Love them, really. Although I […]

Spotlight: St Pats Day Maki!

I was out looking around for interesting things to do with corned beef and cabbage, and ran across this fabulous idea from The Cooking of Joy (one of my new fave food blogs!)..  How do you combine sushi and St. Patrick’s Day?  With St. Patty’s Day Maki, of course! Joy says: So after I blogged […]

How to Cook Greens……for St. Patricks Day!

Ok, I’m from the South, what can I say…. I love greens!   I got Kale in my Gaia’s Greens box last week, and Collards this week so it was time to cook up some greens!  And then when I realized it’s almost St. Patricks Day and Greens are, well….Green, I knew for sure that this […]

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Filled Figs!

Foodwhirl friend Talk of Tomatoes sends us the lovely idea for Bacon Week! Grilled food is always fun, and as Janelle points out, there’s nothing wrong with grilling in the winter.. I have been told—even chastised—for not heating up the grill in the dead of winter. I am beginning to heed that advice, taking off […]

Bacon! Bacon, Cheddar, Jalapeno Cornbread

One of my favorite meals growing up was a simple bowl of navy beans and cornbread.  Every time I would go to my grandparents’ house to visit, my grandmother would always fix this simple but flavorful meal for me the first night I was there.  I still love this combination, and make it occasionally for […]

Festive Potato Salad

You just can’t beat homemade potato salad with BBQ!    I had several organic potatoes from my Gaia’s Greens CSA box and needed to use them before they started growing in my kitchen, and as the Universe would have it, I also needed a side dish to take to a cookout yesterday.   This potato salad made […]

Brussels Sprout

Wow – do Brussels Sprout have a bad rap.  Never has there been a vegetable so maligned without basis. Foolish person (aka my husband):  “Like, OMG Brussels Sprouts are like, so gross!” Me:  “Have you ever had one before?” Foolish person:  “No.  I don’t need to have one to know how much I hate it!” […]

Spotlight- Guinness Spiced Muffins

I’ve been looking around for some good St. Patrick’s inspired creations, now that we’re in March, so we’ll start off with these delicious sounding Guinness Stout muffins, from Mega*Crafty. Cooking with beer, particularly stouts, yields tasty results, so pop a cold one and try it! (Stayed tuned later this week for my Guinness Ice Cream) […]

How to Steam Asparagus

Asparagus is a favorite vegatable around our house, and although I love it grilled, roasted, sauteed, stirfried—you get the idea—it’s a quick and wonderfully healthy side dish when just simply steamed. The picky 4 year old is even a fan… If served without an sauce I allow him to eat it with his fingers, which […]

A light lunch or an exotic appetizer - Simple Ceviche!
Simple Ceviche

Ceviche is a recent passion of mine– Every time I’ve bought either fish or shrimp lately, I’ve bought some extra so I can make up a batch!  It makes a lovely appetizer for dinner guests, or I just like to eat it for lunch… This is my go-to super easy recipe… It’s incredibly flexible to […]

Baby Bok Choy.. and all about Hoisin Sauce!

Over at The Perfect Pantry, I’m loving this recipe for Baby Bok Choy with Hoisin Glaze… Not only does the recipe look divine, but check out all the great facts about hoisin sauce! Did you know the name means “seafood”, though there’s no seafood in it? Me neither! STEAMED BABY BOK CHOY WITH SPICY HOISIN […]

Roasted Kale

This is a healthy, relatively quick way to cook kale.  The kale ends up crispy and even your picky non-greens eaters may give these a try. Preheat oven to 400F Kale (2-3 bunches – I used 3 in these pictures) Salt/Pepper/Olive Oil/Minced Garlic/(optional) Cumin Wash your Kale, then trim out the center stem. Rip into […]

A flexible “roasted” dinner… Kabobs with Roasted Veggies

Shrimp and Sausage Kabobs with Roasted Vegetables There are many foods, particularly vegetables, which are excellent roasted in the oven. So if you’re going to heat the oven up to roast a veggie or two, why not make a meal out of it? This dinner idea can be pulled together relatively quickly (to the table […]