Perfect Rice Pilaf with Orzo and Slivered Almonds

Very few ingredients are needed to make an outstanding rice pilaf dish.  We chose to add some pan toasted orzo, turmeric, basil and thyme.  Topped off with some fresh parsley and slivered toasted almonds, this pilaf is anything but boring. Rice pilaf is, by definition, rice that has been cooked in chicken stock or another […]

Vibrant Summer Four Bean Salad

4 types of beans, cherry tomatoes, red onion, olives and vibrant peppers make up this delicious and healthy summer salad that is always the first to disappear at picnics. This beautifully colorful bean salad is always the first to go at potlucks.  No one can resist the vibrant colors.   It is also one of […]

Garlic & Herb Bowtie Pasta

Creamy garlic and herb bow-tie pasta that is cooked in one pot and ready in 15 minutes!   Without question, the side dish section of our blog is the most popular with our Parmesan Garlic Noodles leading the pack for over 7 years !!   However, our Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo is slowly closing in. […]

Sweet Potato Stackers w/ Gruyere, Parmesan Cheese & Thyme

Thinly sliced sweet potatoes are stacked and baked in a muffin tin along with caramelized onions, gruyere & parmesan cheeses and fresh thyme. Last summer I made these little potato stackers when I was having a dinner party, only I used white Russet potatoes.  They were such a huge hit that I decided to try […]

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Honey Mustard & Apple Vinaigrette

Shaved Brussel sprouts with bacon, apples, dried cranberries and nuts in a simple honey mustard and apple vinaigrette. Meet my latest obsession.   Did you know that you can eat Brussel sprouts raw?  I mean I wouldn’t go and just pop one in my mouth, but once they are shredded they act almost like cabbage […]

Creamy Cheddar & Broccoli Orzo

Little orzo pasta is cooked in broth until tender and then married with a creamy cheesy sauce with tiny bits of broccoli for a healthy and super fast side dish. This cheesy broccoli orzo recipe would be our 3rd orzo recipe on this site.  I have more, seriously.  One that has sundried tomatoes in it, […]

Perfectly Roasted Steak Fries

Perfectly seasoned and roasted Yukon potatoes make the best thick and crispy steak fries.  They are an easy side dish for most any entrée – serve with ketchup or a dipping sauce on the side.  Steak fries are thick wedges of potatoes that have been roasted at a high temperature to a crispy perfection. Because […]

Thanksgiving Sausage, Cranberry & Apple Stuffing

2 types of hearty bread, browned sausage, onions and celery meet up with bite sized apples, dried cranberries and spices.  Baked or stuffed, this stuffing is a winner! I know how hard wired traditional family recipes can be.  Straying away from your grandmothers stuffing can be difficult, if not impossible in some families. If it […]

The Easiest and Best Cranberry Sauce You’ll Ever Have

Why serve the ones you love canberry sauce when you can make real cranberry sauce that’s been lightly sweetened and has a hint of orange juice and cinnamon? Cranberry sauce is a staple on every table at Thanksgiving.  Ask me why and I couldn’t tell you. It wasn’t until recently that my mom starting making […]

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

No Thanksgiving is complete without sweet potatoes on the table.  Only, these are much lower in sugar so you can enjoy them as a side dish and not a dessert.  Thanksgiving is coming!  Aren’t you so excited??  It’s the start of the holiday season.  It’s where all the recipes from your grandmother get pulled out […]

Roasted Garlic & Caramelized Onion Potatoes Gratin Dauphinoise

Thinly sliced potatoes infused in a roasted garlic and caramelized onion cream sauce then topped with Asiago cheese and baked until tender ! Potatoes make me happy … potatoes with cheese make my heart sing … but potatoes with cheese AND caramelized onions AND roasted garlic make me ESTATIC ! This potato recipe is from […]

Lemon Orzo with Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

This orzo is a great light side dish for spring or summer with its burst of lemon flavor, asparagus and ripe cherry tomatoes. I wish I could give the creator of this recipe credit, but I can’t seem to find it.  I originally got this Lemon Orzo recipe from Pinterest, but when I go back […]