Side Dishes

Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Tahini Dressing

March 4, 2013 Salads

Yes, you read that heading correctly. This salad is for real and not merely a food fantasy you are having right now. My friend Jessica made this for book club last month (where we read the hilarious Let’s Pretend This Never Happened). It wound up being the focal point of our conversation because we could [...]

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Grandma’s Mushroom Rice

January 7, 2013 Side Dishes

My Grandma Peggy used to make the most amazing mushroom rice. It’s the sort of unsuspecting dish that doesn’t exactly get a lot of fanfare when you announce you’re making rice for dinner. But when you start cooking, the aroma will creep through every nook of your home and send folks scrambling to the dinner [...]

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Truffle Mushroom Parmesan Deviled Eggs

November 19, 2012 Side Dishes

  My friend Tiffany and I have decided to begin a new tradition of long lunch Fridays. Each month, we’ll meet up for a leisurely luncheon at a new restaurant (or an old favorite) where we’ll indulge ourselves, maybe even with  a cocktail.  So very “ladies who lunch.”  Last week, we tried Lincoln, a relatively [...]

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Caramel Apple Dip with Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips

October 19, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

Here’s a great little dip for fall gatherings. It’s sweet and rich, but not totally unhealthy.  You can use apple slices instead of pita chips, but the pita are pretty amazing.  The caramel topping makes this dip unforgettable. This recipe is made in three steps. First you make the dip, then the caramel topping and, [...]

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Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

October 1, 2012 Dinner

I love roasted vegetables on chilly fall and winter nights. I especially love how easy they are to make. Chop up a medley of favorites, spread on a baking pan and toss into the oven- et voila! You can serve as a side dish with practically anything- fish, pasta, rice, or even crispy fried tofu. [...]

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How to Can Pears

September 13, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

One of my favorite things about visiting the farm is spending time in the kitchen alongside my mother-in-law. She’s a terrific cook, wise with knowledge about how to make just about every southern recipe that exists. She also knows the traditional ways of doing things, the methods that are generally lost on my generation. Last [...]

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Peach, Mozzarella and Basil Salad

August 15, 2012 Salads

This is my favorite meal of the season. I discovered it at a restaurant in Baltimore and made it first thing when I got home. It’s a creative twist on a traditional tomato caprese salad. There’s not much to it and yet the flavors impress. Although I’ll always love the original, this peach version is [...]

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Peach, Apricot and Pistachio Couscous

July 9, 2012 Salads

And we’re back!  That was a long break, huh? And a hot one. I thought I my skin was going to melt right off the bone on more than a few occasions last week. Whew! So a cool salad recipe sounds right for now. This is one that my friend Lauren made for last month’s [...]

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Canary Melon and Cilantro Salad

June 17, 2012 Salads

Allow me to introduce you to the canary melon. Canary melon is amazing. It’s sweet and juicy, like honeydew dipped in sugar crystals. You could eat it like candy for dessert. I discovered this delightful fruit by happenstance. I asked the grocer about it and he sliced one up on the spot to let me [...]

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Greek Isles Potato Salad with Lindsay Olives

May 24, 2012 Favorites

As you may recall, I’m not a fan of boring potato salad. I don’t do the gloppy, goopy, mushy stuff. No thanks. However, I do like tangy, crunchy, soft, and filling. A good potato salad in summertime is hard to beat. Lucky for me, Lindsay Olives called. (I’m a huge fan of their olives which [...]

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