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Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Thyme roasted sweet potatoes makes a great side Sometimes all it takes is the right side dish to complete a meal.  And if you love sweet potatoes then I have the perfect recipe for you.  My thyme roasted sweet potatoes is an easy side dish to whip up when you need a tasty starch.  It’s flavorful and healthy, and a nice change from […]

Roasted Orange Cauliflower with Lemon and Parmesan Cheese

Roasted Orange Cauliflower is a colorful treat for fall Want to make fun and colorful dish for fall?  Try my roasted orange cauliflower as a side for your next meal.  Don’t let the color fool you, it’s cauliflower alright, and the orange hues make it perfect for all of your autumnal festivities.  When shopping for your […]

Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

Back to school with homemade macaroni and cheese It’s back to school this week for Jayson and to celebrate we made macaroni and cheese with bacon.  This is not your traditional box version, our macaroni and cheese is all homemade… and it is certainly worth the effort!   Jayson assisted me in the kitchen as we created this comfort food classic.  […]

Watermelon Feta Salad with Reduced Balsamic Dressing

Watermelon feta salad with reduced balsamic dressing Cool and refreshing, colorful and vibrant, light and delicious… watermelon feta salad is sure to appeal to your dinner guests.  And why not, who doesn’t love watermelon?  It’s such a treat when fresh watermelons arrive at your local grocer; you know that summer is just around the corner.  […]

Sauteed Corn with Red Bell Pepper

Sauteed Corn with Red Bell Pepper is an easy way to enjoy your corn without the cob. If you love eating corn on the cob, then you’re going to love making this recipe.  Sauteed corn removes the mess of eating corn on the cob, while preserving all the flavor of fresh corn.  And isn’t that why we enjoy corn on […]

Zucchini Coins with Sea Salt and Lemon

Zucchini coins are a tasty treat. Although you can’t purchase anything with these tasty coins, they certainly are worth their weight in gold!  You can’t go wrong when you invest the short amount of time it takes to make these golden treats.  All you need is one delicious organic zucchini or better yet, one you’ve […]

Herbed Garlic Croutons that are Easy and Homemade

Herbed garlic croutons made with French baguette. Here is a simple way to spruce up your salads.  Try making homemade herbed garlic croutons.  It’s so easy to bake up a batch of these crunchy bites, you may never go back to store bought again.  Just combine extra virgin olive oil with oregano, garlic and salt; mix […]

Greek Salad with Stuffed Grape Leaves

Greek Salad with stuffed grape leaves is a traditional favorite. A Greek salad makes a delicious lunch or dinner side.  The basic ingredients include lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers.  What gives this salad a Mediterranean flair are the extras:  Kalamata olives, feta cheese, and stuffed grape leaves.  Combine all of these ingredients in a homemade salad dressing […]

Mini Irish Soda Breads with Orange Zest

Mini Irish soda breads with orange zest are perfect for indulging and gift giving this holiday season. Mini Irish soda breads are a great way to bake when you don’t want to bother with baking with yeast.  Everyone knows that baking with yeast is time consuming; dough needs to rise a couple times in a warm area.  So, […]

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan Cheese

Roasted spaghetti squash with garlic and Parmesan cheese is a comforting cold weather dish. Roasting is by far one of my favorite ways to cook food.  Vegetables benefit especially well from this method.  Roasting provides a depth of flavor to your vegetables that you can’t achieve by boiling or steaming them.  In fact, vegetables taste […]

Beef Chili with Bottom Round Roast

This beef chili is thick and rich with a touch of spice to heat things up. Brrrrr!  Yep, it’s wintertime in the northeast all right.  It’s cold outside, and I’m chilled to the bone!  Wouldn’t it be nice to be welcomed home by the nice warm glow of a fire and the comforting smell of a pot […]

Roasted Garlic Broccoli with Lemon

Roasted garlic broccoli is an easy side to accompany almost any meal. Spending time on your main dish… check.  Making an elaborate dessert… check.  Finding an easy, tasty side… priceless! Roasted garlic broccoli is the best solution when you need something simple.  And it tastes great too!  When you are spending so much time on a particular […]

Parmesan Garlic Bread Slices

Parmesan garlic bread adds an easy side to any pasta entry. If you’re like me, you love garlic bread!  And quite frankly, what’s not to love about it?  It always complements any pasta main dish being served and it’s easy to prepare, especially when you easily have all of these ingredients on hand.  You can make my […]

Cauliflower Casserole with Cheddar Cracker Topping

Cauliflower casserole with crushed green cheddar fish gives this recipe some howling good cheer. No, this cauliflower casserole is not moldy; it’s just a little holiday cheer.  I love Halloween, and keeping it festive with great food is half the fun.  The other half is decorating… but let’s save that for another time.  The nice thing about […]

Purple Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream

Scare up some excitement with these purple mashed potatoes this season. That’s the response I got from my 10 year old son, Jayson when he first saw my purple mashed potatoes.  I agree, the color can be a bit alarming, but rest assured, this recipe tastes just like traditional mashed potatoes.  This month is all […]

Homemade Applesauce with Cinnamon

It’s easy to make homemade applesauce. I remember eating applesauce as a kid.  It was a great snack and a sweeter way to eat apples.  Today, I hesitate buying it for my son since the sugar levels are quite high in prepackaged applesauce brands, and I like avoiding processed foods whenever I can.  Fresh is […]

Greek Cucumber Salad with Tomato, Feta, and Olives

A Greek cucumber salad is a healthy light alternative for a summer side. Light and refreshing… that’s what I think of when I eat my Greek cucumber salad.  Cucumbers are combined with tomatoes and onion for a simple yet satisfying combination.  I enhanced my salad with a “Greek” twist by adding feta cheese, kalamata olives, […]

Americana Fruit Salad; Red, White, and Blue

Americana fruit salad is just the right side to savor your holiday celebration. Its summertime and we love to barbecue.  In preparation for the holiday, I decided to create something special.  Here’s a dessert that is colorful and perfect for your holiday celebration.  It’s easy to make and a great addition to your summer barbeque.  Just combine strawberries, […]

Baked Beans Prepared the Easy Way

It’s an easy way to make baked beans for your next barbeque. Sometimes you just want to make a dish without any fuss or hassle.  You’ve spent time preparing a special main dish and whipped up a few side dishes too… not to mention appetizers, drinks, and dessert.  But you still feel that something is missing and […]

Rosemary Roasted New Potatoes

Rosemary roasted new potatoes are an easy side dish for dinner. Preparing dinner takes time and not all of your dishes should be complex and difficult.  Sometimes it’s nice to have an easy side dish so that you can focus your attention on other parts of the meal; like an elaborate main dish or a […]

Pineapple Casserole with Cheese and Rosemary

Pineapple casserole is a must have side when baking ham! We all know pineapple and ham make a great combination.  Having ham for dinner?  Then try something different like my pineapple casserole as a side dish.  It’s easy to prepare and it makes a great addition to your meal.  My baked ham with pineapple and […]

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