Side Dish

Greek Lemon Potatoes

Looking for a side dish for your slow cooker gyros? These Greek lemon potatoes are a great option for any meal. Soft inside, slightly crisp outside and infused with lemon.

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Alright folks these are not your regular everyday spuds. Not because they take over an hour to cook and convincing you to cook them on a regular basis would be crazy talk (or is it?) but because they are one the best potato side dishes I’ve ever had. Other than the cook time they are actually quite easy to make. The potato wedges are roasted in a mixture of olive oil, water, lemon juice, oregano, and garlic which gets infused through the entire wedge making them both soft and flavorful. Then with the help of a secret ingredient, flour, the outsides get just a little crispy. In the end these potatoes became the stars of my dinner plate despite the beautiful gyro sitting beside them. “And the award for best spot-light stealing side dish goes to…”

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One year ago: Oven-Fried Mac and Cheese Ravioli Salad

Two years ago: Baked Banana-Pecan Oatmeal
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Easy Greek Salmon and Orzo

Foil-wrapped salmon couldn’t be easier and it perfect for weeknights or a fancy dinner. Cooked in a Greek inspired sauce and served over Greek orzo.

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Day 3 of #TripleSBites! Today let’s talk about making sacrifices for love. For example, I cannot tell you the number of times I get scoffed at for not liking seafood with the pretense that since I am a food blogger I should love everything edible. Well I hate to break it to you but I don’t love all foods. I only love the ones that I like to eat which happens to be quite a lot, it just doesn’t include things such as seafood, pickles, and coffee. However, that doesn’t stop me from utilizing those things in the occasional recipe, especially when I am cooking for someone who will greatly appreciate it.

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Salmon is my sacrifice. It is the last thing I think of when picking a protein for dinner. Chicken, beef, pork, and even tofu occur more frequently than any kind of fish in my kitchen. In fact I think this is only the third fish recipe I am sharing on the blog. Since my salmon cooking skills have not been truly tested I rely on simpler, foil-proof recipes. Pun intended as this is a recipe for foil-wrapped salmon. This Greek-style salmon was incredibly easy to throw together and while it baked I whipped up some orzo to go with it. I have to admit, I didn’t hate it. In fact it was quite good. It seems great sauces makes nearly anything pleasing to the palate.

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Orange Glazed Green Beans and Butternut Squash

Citrus is a great compliment to ham but instead of glazing your ham, glaze your green beans and butternut squash in this festive side dish.

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Lesson learned: get a flu shot every year. This year was the first in 8 that I did not get a flu shot, mainly because I couldn’t get it for free anymore (oh how I miss the perks of being a student), and sure enough the flu found me on Christmas Eve of all days. I’ve been slowly recovering since with my biggest achievement coming in the form of a shower. Hooray cleanliness!

Before I realized what my sniffles were leading up to, I did help cook dinner on Christmas Eve for my parents (thankfully they had already passed the illness, likely to me). The menu consisted of smoked country ham from Benton’s, my dad’s homemade applesauce, cheddar biscuits, rosemary mac and cheese, and orange glazed green beans and butternut squash. I often pair ham with a citrus glaze but since we went with a smoked ham this year the citrus element went into the side dish instead. And it was the favorite part of the meal.

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One year ago: Almond-Pear Panino

Three years ago: Creamy Grape Dessert
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Rosemary Mac & Cheese

What’s better than creamy, cheesy macaroni and cheese? Add rosemary and discover  how one little herb can transform this classic comfort food.

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Remember when I told you about how Kita and I visited Peabody in Seattle? And the first thing we did was go to Lunchbox Laboratory to stuff our faces with burgers and get boozy milkshakes? Well, we had some killer rosemary mac and cheese with our meal and I’ve been dreaming of it ever since (along with pretty much everything else we ate during our visit). Adding rosemary to mac and cheese may not be the first thing you think of, but tastes like it was meant to be there all along. After much reminiscing of my taste buds, I finally gave in and made a homemade version, adapted from the Brussels sprout mac and cheese that I adored.

The mixture of white cheddar, goat cheese, and Parmesan in addition to the rosemary in this version is a force to be reckoned with. I was also really pleased with how well it reheated. I think the goat cheese helped with preventing the cheese sauce from separating, as it often does with homemade mac and cheese made without the use of processed cheeses.

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Butternut Squash Casserole

Switch out your sweet potato casserole with butternut squash! This butternut squash casserole is sweet and creamy and topped with crispy butternut squash seeds.

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Looks like sweet potato casserole doesn’t it? Well I hate to burst your bubble but it’s butternut squash and it tastes even better! Roasted with nutmeg and chili powder and then blended with honey, cinnamon, and ginger (don’t ask why I roasted with one seasoning and then added more later). Since one friend at Friendsgiving has a nut allergy I quickly substituted the nuts in the topping for butternut seeds. Now that’s how you make the most out of your squash! You could also try swapping sweet potato in your favorite casserole recipe and using butternut squash instead. You won’t be sorry. After being shocked to discover it wasn’t sweet potato, all my friends said they preferred it with butternut squash!

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Apple & Caramelized Onion Pretzel Stuffing

Change up your traditional stuffing/dressing with pretzels! Salty pretzel rolls, sweet apples, caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, and sage.

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With two fantastic giveaways going on right now, I’ve really been enjoying the comments in response to both prompts. The comments in response to my blogiversary have been particularly awesome as I am learning more about all of you, especially those coming out of the woodwork who do not normally post. It’s nice to know you’re out there and are enjoying what I am dishing out to you.

I also want to come over for Thanksgiving dinner after hearing all the recipes you would make with the CW bakeware by CorningWare. In fact may have to track some of you down for those recipes. But first I will hold up my end of the deal and start sharing the recipes I made for Friendsgiving starting with the stuffing.

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This stuffing was inspired by the stuffing I made last year for my Thanksgiving dinner for two menu which was made with a bagel. After thoroughly enjoying the alternative bread choice in that stuffing I wanted to try another with pretzel rolls – one of my favorite alternative bread options. The combinations of salty bread, sweet apples, caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, and the savory elements of sage made for an exceptional stuffing to serve with Thanksgiving turkey. It is baked in a separate dish from the turkey and can either be baked covered to retain it’s softness or uncover it at the end and cook a little longer for a crispy top. Whatever you preference, I’ve got you covered. Or uncovered ;-).
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Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios, Cranberries & Parmesan

Next time you are preparing a vegetable side dish, throw them on the grill! These grilled Brussels sprouts couldn’t be easier and are tossed with pistachios, cranberries, and parmesan cheese.

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When it comes to vegetables roasting is my favorite way to cook them, especially when it comes to Brussels sprouts as made evident by many different roasted Brussels sprouts recipes on my blog. Apparently it is also the most common vegetable to appear in side dishes. After years of avoidance starting in childhood and then rediscovering them as an adult it seems I am now trying to make up for lost time. So why not continue my little Brussels crush and add another method of cooking to the list? Let’s grill.

With handy tools such as skewers and grilling skillets, cooking vegetables on the grill has been made much easier. I cannot tell you how many times I have watched pieces fall in between the cracks. But not anymore! After only 10 minutes on the grill these Brussels sprouts were cooked and slightly crispy on the outside. After a quick toss with pistachios, cranberries, and parmesan cheese they are ready to be served along side of your favorite grilled meat.

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One year ago: Tofu Lettuce Wraps With Cashew Sauce

Two years ago: Mini Pumpkin Black and White Cookies
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Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes, Kale, and Gorgonzola Sauce

Fresh cherry tomatoes and kale jazz up this quick and easy pasta dish with a gorgonzola cream sauce. Serve by itself or pair up with grilled chicken.

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Back to school season is here. I may not have children who are getting back into the swing of another school year, nor am I myself in school (which by the way it still has not sunk in that I am no longer a student) but the time has come to start whipping up those quick and easy weeknight meals. This pasta dish not only takes advantage of the tomatoes in season, but comes together in minutes and can be served as a side or by itself. I chose to serve it topped with grilled chicken and garlic bread.

What are your favorite weekday dinner recipes?

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Single Serving Oven-Fried Onion Rings

Homemade oven-fried onion rings are the perfect addition to backyard grilled burgers. This recipe makes a single serving in case you are the only one craving them.

Single Serving Oven-Fried Onion Rings

I have been slacking on my Single Serving Sunday posts the past few weeks. Since I have been staying with my parents while job hunting, the need for single serving recipes has decreased and somehow I feel like I have less time to cook lately than I did in grad school. Not sure how that works but I guess it means I am keeping busy!

The last time I posted homemade onion rings was in 2010, when I had just started my blog, and decided it was time for a revisit. This single serving recipe is adapted from that first recipe using Panko instead of smashed potato chips and saltines. Slightly better for you and just as crunchy. I also employed the oven-frying method which I prefer and use for all of my oven-fried recipes now.

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Grown-Up Macaroni and Cheese

Boxed macaroni and cheese cannot compete with the three cheeses in this grown-up version. Sharp cheddar, Gruyere, and blue cheese will rock your taste buds.

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Happy Memorial Day! And also a happy Secret Recipe Club reveal day. This month I was assigned to Dena’s blog, Oh! You Cook! Not only is she a blogger, she is also a librarian by day and has a cookbook called The Everything Kosher Slow Cooker Cookbook. Regardless of your dietary restrictions however she has scads of recipes everyone can enjoy such as Stuffed Grape Leaves Casserole, Chubby-Hubby Truffles, and even Caramelized Banana-Stuffed Fried Oatmeal. Talk about incredible! But with the Memorial holiday I had my sights set on her macaroni and cheese.

This particular mac and cheese is a huge upgrade from the boxed stuff (not that I don’t enjoy that from time to time). It is made with three types of cheese, sharp chedder, Gruyere, and blue cheese. The combination of those three makes for one awesome mac and cheese sauce. Which speaking of I must warn you, while making the cheese sauce for this recipe I was worried that it should have cooked down further or used less milk as it seemed like far too much sauce for the amount of noodles. However once it baked in the oven it was perfect. Do not be concerned with the seemingly excessive amount of sauce pre-baked, it will turn out just right.

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