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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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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Mushy Peas

January 22, 2012 Side Dishes

As you well know- if you’ve been reading this blog any time at all- I’m obsessed with British culture. (I’m currently watching the Forsyte Saga, so good!) Including the food. I first tried mushy peas while in London a few years back. At first, I was skeptical. Mushy peas isn’t a flattering name- sounds about [...]

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Orange Israeli Couscous with Mache and White Beans

August 13, 2011 Salads

One of my favorite things about cooking is taking seemingly incongruous ingredients and combining them to discover that they work together perfectly. On some level it makes sense that if you like foods separately, you’ll like them together, but it’s pretty amazing how often it just doesn’t work- ketchup and ice cream anyone? Actually, that [...]

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Spicy Lime and Cilantro Coleslaw

June 30, 2011 Side Dishes

Fourth of July and coleslaw are meant for one another. Crisp, tangy veggies on a hot summer day-a match that is sure to endure the test of time. But not any coleslaw will do. Our nation’s proudest holiday calls for a feisty coleslaw with a little bite. I made this easy recipe using jalapeno, cilantro [...]

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Spicy Cheesy Corn Muffins

June 14, 2011 Side Dishes

Well, don’t these look cozy? Makes me wanna curl up in a blanket on the couch. Or eat. I could definitely put away more than a few of these muffins. Which is exactly what I did the other night when I made them. Oops! But it was no accident. I had a hankering for corn [...]

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Not Another Boring Potato Salad

May 24, 2011 Side Dishes

To be honest, I’m not crazy about potato salad. Sure, it’s my go-to at potlucks and barbecues that don’t often have many vegetarian options. But for me, it’s hard to get excited about cold, boiled potatoes. And don’t get me started on the gloppy mayonnaise dressing. Am I right? Despite my complaints, I have a [...]

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Spicy Almond Green Beans

April 13, 2011 Side Dishes

Have you ever had those frozen Bird’s Eye green beans that some with almond slivers on top? Oh man! They are so good. I hate to admit it, but they are. My fiancé is a fool for those things, and though I think they are delightful, I prefer to make and eat them fresh. So [...]

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