Archive for the ‘Side Dishes’ Category

Crispy Baked Kale

Although I refuse to make the “I’m going to lose weight” resolution each year, I find myself trying to eat healthier in January. This is probably due to the massive calorie holiday meals I’ve consumed, and the upcoming bathing suit season looming in the not-so-distant future. I went to a restaurant with friends recently and [...]

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Steamed Cabbage, Carrots, Celery & Onions

This is a great side dish. It’s healthy, it’s tasty and it’s easy. Everything you could ask for. To save time, you can buy the coleslaw mix for the cabbage. Recipe: Steamed Cabbage & Veggies Ingredients 1 cup Carrots, chopped 1 cup Celery, chopped 1 Onion, chopped 1 1/2 cups Cabbage, shredded 1 cup Hot [...]

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Easy Twice-Baked Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes are Giada-inspired.  I was going to make my usual mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving Day when I caught a clip of Giada on the Food Network. She was making a twice-baked Mashed Potato recipe that looked delicious.  I only caught the second half of the segment and I couldn’t find her recipe online [...]

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Tasty Cranberry Chutney

Years ago, I went in search of a decent Cranberry Chutney recipe.  I started with Cooks.com but over the years I’ve morphed the recipe into my own.  This is one of my favorite dishes on Thanksgiving and Christmas and the best part: it’s so easy to make. (I’m all about the easy recipes!) This year [...]

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Spinach Balls: Always a Crowd Pleaser

I’ve been making these Spinach Balls during the holiday season for years.  They can be served as an appetizer or a side dish.  Both kids and adults love them and they are easy to make! Recipe:  Spinach Balls Ingredients: 2 packages of frozen chopped spinach 1 stick of unsalted butter 3 cups of Pepperidge Farm [...]

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Thai Coconut Shrimp over Orange-Scented Brown Rice

This was very simple and quick to prepare. I usually keep a bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer. To defrost in 20 minutes, I place the shrimp in a bowl and cover with cold water and change it out about every 5 minutes. While you are defrosting the shrimp you can set the rice [...]

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Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs over Soft Polenta

Wednesday’s are an activity evening at our house. So dinner is eaten late. I like to prepare slow cooked meals on these days to make it just a little easier. I set the ribs to cook in the afternoon. Upon arriving home, I prepared the squash and polenta I served with the ribs. Quick, simple [...]

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Crispy Oven Baked Fries and a Trip to Lancaster County Farmer’s Market

This past Saturday my kids and I visited the Lancaster County Farmer’s Market in Wayne, PA. While there, I sampled delicious cheeses, tasty smoked meats, coffee and pastries, bought fresh produce and meat. The market is chock full of local delicious goodies. Susannah Foo even has a dumpling stand there, where I could not pass [...]

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