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Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower

Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower

I’ve never really been a fan of cauliflower until just recently.  Michael came home from the store with purple cauliflower and broccoli a few weeks back with the thought that maybe the kids would be willing to try cauliflower if it was purple.  And in fact, he converted me.  Purple is my favorite color so...
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I should have entitled this one…how I came to love Brussels Sprouts.  I was at Wunderbar in Covington and my friend Nicole gave me a taste of her sprouts, and oh my..they tasted sooo good!  They saute the sprouts at Wunderbar until they were just perfectly cooked.  Unfortunately, as a mom of four I don’t...
Fried Corn

Fried Corn

 Summer seems to be Corn Season.  Whether you boil it, grill it or fry it, corn is a popular side dish for summer meals, especially cookouts.  My favorite way to prepare corn is to fry it.  Some people call this style of corn “succotash” but I just call it fried corn.   Fried corn is always...
Panzanella

Panzanella

I’ve fallen in love with panzanella salad – it’s not a traditional sort of salad, it’s an Italian salad made with bread and basil and tomatoes.  Try it yourself!  It’s great as a meal on it’s own, or paired with pasta. Panzanella Definition ::pan·za·nel·la  Noun:A type of Tuscan salad made with anchovies**, chopped salad vegetables, and...

Tomato Bread Appetizer

I have this tradition of putting together a set of family recipe cards for the brides in my family.  And every time I collect recipes from my family members I find a few that I simply must try.  My Auntie Annie shared this recipe, and I’ve held on to the card for a few months...
Spinach Salad with Pears, Walnuts & Goat Cheese (Whole Foods Recipe)

Spinach Salad with Pears, Walnuts & Goat Cheese (Whole Foods Recipe)

When I went on my tour of Whole Foods Market I grabbed several recipes from their Holiday table in the front of the store.  One of which was for a salad that I couldn’t wait to try…it called for pears, walnuts and goat cheese, and I love all of those things.  I finally tried the...
Herb Roasted Potatoes

Herb Roasted Potatoes

Herb Roasted Potatoes is my go-to side dish for so many meals.  There are NEVER any leftovers when I make these because everyone gobbles them up.  They are simple to make and are a perfect pair for most main dishes. Herb Roasted Potatoes 3 lbs. Red Potatoes 1/2 cup Olive Oil 3 spoonfuls minced Garlic...
Oven Fried Okra

Oven Fried Okra

Last week in our CSA from Rains & Sun Backyard Farm we got a bunch of okra.  Since I’m on a healthy eating kick, I felt like pan fried okra wouldn’t be the best option.  I did a little research, and came up with a great way to make the okra taste yummy like fried...
Crunchy Slaw - A Perfect Picnic Recipe

Crunchy Slaw – A Perfect Picnic Recipe

I’m not a fan of traditional cole slaw.  That’s putting it nicely, in all actuality I HATE cole slaw.  And I really don’t use the “H” word for very many foods.  But crunchy slaw is decidedly NOT traditional slaw.  It’s more like a salad with a bit of crunch.  It’s a perfect dish to take...
Slow Cooker Italian Meatsauce & Garlic Bread

Slow Cooker Italian Meatsauce & Garlic Bread

I am a sucker for pasta dishes.  And I’m even more of a sucker for easy cooking.  BUT it has to be YUMMY pasta dishes and YUMMY easy cooking.  We want flavor and spice and everything nice!  This meal meets all of those requirements.  The spaghetti sauce is simple to prepare in the morning, and...
Pasta Salad with Roasted Red Peppers and Basil

Pasta Salad with Roasted Red Peppers and Basil

I made this Pasta Salad with Roasted Red Peppers & Basil over the weekend…and I have to say, it’s just perfect for nibbling. Pasta Salad with Roasted Red Peppers and Basil I changed a few things in the recipe (I diced mozzarella instead of using mozzarella balls, and I used regular ol’ balsamic vinegar). This...