Side Dishes

Chopped Pear and Watercress Salad with Goat Cheese, Cranberries and Walnuts

October 2, 2011 Fall

  Ok, so this is my last post for a little while (I’m getting married on Saturday!). So I wanted it to be a good one. Something tasty and healthy. And seasonal. Did you know pears are in season right now? You can make this salad with any kind of lettuce you like. I use [...]

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Quick Fried Zucchini

September 11, 2011 Side Dishes

Being a southerner, I’ll eat pretty much anything fried. In fact, I like most things fried up crispy with a nice greasy sheen. Especially vegetables. And this zucchini was not able to escape my fry pan. Thank you to my coworker, Janee, who gave me this recipe. She swears it Syrian but I say it’s [...]

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Wheatberry and Tomato Basil Salad

August 24, 2011 Salads

I apologize for my infrequent posts of late. I’m afraid things are going to be this way for a touch longer, just another month or so. I beg your patience. I’ll still be posting regularly, just a bit less often. Blame it on the wedding, I find myself doing that for everything these days. Now, [...]

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Lentil and Spinach Parmesan Bake

August 15, 2011 Dinner

The pilot light on our oven is out. And guess when it decided to go out. After I’d prepped this pretty little casserole. That’s right. I cooked and drained the lentils, sautéed the veggies, assembled the ingredients in the casserole pan, and topped it all off with a fine coating of panko and parmesan and [...]

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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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Summer Risotto

July 20, 2011 Dinner

It strikes me as funny that as I write this post for a summer recipe, I’m listening to a band called The Decemberists (if only if were so cold outside).  But I find the music comforting, kind of like this risotto. And when when you’re sweltering in the summer sun, everyone should come into the [...]

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Greek Lentil Salad

July 18, 2011 Salads

  Lately, I’ve been riding my bike to and from work everyday. It’s great exercise, but it’s hard to ride with a packed lunch- unless that lunch is light. In the summer, I like cool salads like this tangy lentil salad. It’s filling yet light and is an absolute cinch to travel with. You could [...]

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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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Super Simple “Pad Thai”

June 23, 2011 Dinner

I gingerly call this dish “Pad Thai.” I guess it’d be more accurate to say this is what I consider to be the home cook’s quick and dirty version. I realize that it’s probably deeply offensive among serious cooks that I call this dish Pad Thai at all, and so I’m hoping the use of [...]

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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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