Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo

If you are in the mood for something creamy (but not too creamy), soft, luscious and garlicy then this Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo recipe is going to tickle you silly. Orzo has fast become one of our favorite side dishes in our house.  It’s super cheap, super easy to make and is just about the […]

Tomato, Cucumber and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

A fresh crisp caprese salad with vine ripened tomatoes, cucumbers and fresh mozzarella cheese in a light vinaigrette served with fresh basil ~ an explosion of summer in a bowl! There really aren’t 2 flavors I love more together than tomatoes and basil.   Well, ok maybe 3 … when you add the mozzarella cheese! […]

Roasted Tomatoes and Asparagus with Parmesan Cheese and Almonds

It’s Spring.  It’s Easter and it’s also Asparagus season! This is a very simple side dish to make.  The flavors are simple and light.  You’ve got your asparagus, some grape or cherry tomatoes (halved) and slivered pine nuts. You throw it in a preheated oven and let it roast for 8-10 minutes while you could be […]

No Fail Simple Wild Rice Pilaf

A simple and easy side dish that bakes the rice so it comes out foolproof every time! Every cook needs a basic rice recipe in their rotation. But if you are anything like me there are 2 things I cannot make.  The first is hard boiled eggs.  No matter how hard I try they never […]

Lemon Quinoa

Happy January!  We have hit a deep freeze here in the Midwest.  The tree is down but the outside lights are still up.  I think they might be there until June. But I love January.  You know why?  Because 3/4 of the planet is trying to lose weight and eat better, which is great for […]

Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes

I don’t think I’ve come across a potato recipe that I haven’t fallen in love with.  Let’s face it, it’s very hard to destroy a potato.  But the addition of a warm cheesy sauce and then baking until it’s bubbly and hot is just magical!  That my friends is the definition of Potatoes Au Gratin. […]

Roasted Red Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese

Don’t you just love those little red potatoes you get at a wedding?  ME TOO!  And they NEVER serve enough, do they? Well this recipe is nothing like that.  I just thought I’d ask if you loved them as much as I do. I’m just kidding, because I actually like these oven roasted red potatoes […]

Coleslaw with Apples, Cranberries and Almonds

A great twist on an American staple summer food.   Coleslaw is combined with crisp apples, dried cranberries and slivered almonds added in. Yogurt, mayo, honey and vinegar make this dressing stellar! How in the world can you have a bbq without coleslaw?  I mean it’s creamy, it’s crunchy and it’s best when it’s ICE […]

Cowboy Caviar

Whatever you do this summer, you simply MUST make this salsa!!! HOW in the world it got the name ‘Cowboy Caviar’ is beyond me.  It’s kind of mix between a salsa, a side dish and a dip. But whatever you want to call it, it has fast become one of the most VERSATILE salsas I’ve […]

Crispy Baked Garlic & Parmesan Steak Fries

The grill has been fired up friends!  It is officially grilling season in the Midwest.  The temps are in the 60s and 70s and that’s good enough for me! I find that the side dishes to any bbq are as equally important to the entrée.   And what’s a big juicy grilled burger without big hearty […]

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

A spinoff of the classic cilantro rice from Chipotle only using healthier organic brown rice instead of white   I have never had Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice, but my friends swear by it. “Best rice on the planet” some of them say. And since I don’t have a Chipotle close to me I was intrigued […]

Wild Rice with Caramelized Sweet Potatoes, Shallots and Mushrooms

I was looking for something to make for lunch yesterday and I’ve been doing pretty good at steering away from breads.  But for some reason I have a harder time at lunch.  Maybe because I was brought up with the traditional sandwich and chips or soup for lunch each day. So as I was deciding […]