Crispy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Crispy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus ~ prosciutto wrapped around fresh asparagus, quickly sautéed makes a delicious side dish or appetizer.

Crispy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus ~ prosciutto wrapped around fresh asparagus, pan sautéed crisping the prosciutto and cooking the asparagus to tender perfection.

It may be mistletoe, egg nog, holiday cookies and ugly Christmas sweaters for now but New Year’s Eve will be here before we know it.

Last year I had a bright idea that we should go out for dinner, so we ditched our comfy pants and fuzzy slippers and embarked on our favorite neighborhood restaurant only to find our waitress frazzled, the place packed and the food not at all the quality we had come to expect there. 

This year we’ll ring in the new year with a delicious home cooked meal including Crispy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus ~ thin sliced prosciutto wrapped around fresh asparagus spears pan sautéed crisping the prosciutto and cooking the asparagus until tender and of course good company too because isn’t that what the best celebrations are about?

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Yukon Gold Sweet Potato Au Gratin

Yukon Gold Sweet Potato Au Gratin ~ thinly sliced sweet & Yukon gold potatoes topped with gruyere cheese + fresh thyme in a delicious creamy, silky sauce.

Side Dish | November 22, 2017 | By

Yukon Gold Sweet Potato Au Gratin ~ thinly sliced sweet and Yukon gold potatoes topped with shredded gruyere cheese and fresh thyme all baked until bubbly and golden in a deliciously creamy, silky sauce.

Maybe you’ve made classic Au Gratin Potatoes ~ one of my favorite potato-cheesy comfort dishes and while I still love them, the combination of Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes with a rich, creamy sauce just takes potatoes to a whole new level. 

Yukon Gold Sweet Potato Au Gratin makes a simple, yet elevated holiday side, but I can’t help but ask myself why are all these fabulous side dishes saved for the holidays? Let’s make it today!

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Tradional Bread Sausage Stuffing

Traditional Bread Sausage Stuffing ~ classic recipe baked outside the bird with delicious fresh herb & sausage flavors. Serve with turkey, chicken or pork.

Side Dish | November 17, 2017 | By

Traditional Bread Sausage Stuffing ~ a classic recipe baked outside the bird with delicious fresh herb and sausage flavors. Serve with turkey, chicken or pork.

Whether you call it stuffing, like we do in these parts or dressing because it’s baked outside the bird like this Traditional Bread Sausage Stuffing this is the dish that says Thanksgiving for me. It’s not a holiday without it. I love the crispy bread parts best but that doesn’t stop me from scooping into the moist center, flavored with fresh herbs and sausage. Mmmmm.

I’ve been making Traditional Bread Sausage Stuffing for more years than I can count, but used to cook it inside the bird. I know ~ some say it’s a big no-no, but we never had any issues.

A couple of years ago my daughter started hosting the family Thanksgiving dinner and she opted to cook her turkeys ~ yes two ~ in the air fryer ~ delicious, crispy skin, juicy meat and packed with two different flavors, but that means the stuffing needed to be baked in the oven without sacrificing all that crazy good taste. 

Traditional Bread Sausage Stuffing is the best stuffing ever. I’ve perfected the recipe over the years. It’s simple, with classic flavors and the only recipe you’ll need.

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Brown Butter Honey Glazed Carrots

Side Dish | November 9, 2017 | By

Brown Butter Honey Glazed Carrots ~ roasted until fork-tender in a delicious brown butter honey-garlic sauce.

Does every family have a picky eater? I know mine does. She ate peanut butter and jelly every day of first grade. Every single day. Growing up, she staunchly refused to eat vegetables (other than corn and potatoes) and called carrots “the devil’s vegetable”. This may have something to do her *ahem* well-meaning parents telling her to try them because they taste like her favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream. Another one of these stories you just can’t make up but if you have kids (or were a kid), you know where I’m coming from.

My picky eater loved chicken (still does) and couldn’t pass up a french fry if her life depended upon it (still can’t) and still doesn’t eat carrots, but if you like carrots, are looking for an simple side dish that doesn’t taste like one with some serious wow factor, this is it.

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Caramelized Brussels Sprouts Sweet Potato Medley

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts Sweet Potato Medley: delicious roasted veggies drizzled with balsamic glaze and topped with dried cranberries & pepitas.

Side Dish | November 2, 2017 | By

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts Sweet Potato Medley ~ delicious roasted brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes drizzled with balsamic glaze and topped with dried cranberries & pepitas.

Halloween is over and fall is marching on, which means Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! Are you hosting dinner? Bringing a dish to share? Either way, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts Sweet Potato Medley is your dish.

I know, the name is a mouthful. I struggled with the name because I wanted you know all the really tasty stuff it has in it. There’s more than brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. Much more.

Brussels sprouts because if you haven’t noticed, are the jam these days. So trendy, so in vogue, so. . . delicious, because that’s the most important thing. They’re no longer that vegetable people make faces upon hearing the name. I’m pretty sure there was once a conspiracy theory about brussels sprouts.

Sweet potatoes, which have also taken on a new-found popularity the last few years both for taste and health benefits are included in this dish and when you caramelize these simple vegetables, magic happens. Pure magic. They develop flavors that practically explode in your mouth and with just a few other ingredients, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts Sweet Potato Medley is your must-have side dish for the holidays.

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Cheesy Baked Cauliflower

Cheesy Baked Cauliflower ~ tender cauliflower baked in a creamy cheese sauce. All the decadence of mac and cheese, with the health benefits of veggies.

Side Dish | October 29, 2017 | By

Cheesy Baked Cauliflower ~ tender cauliflower bites baked in a creamy cheesy sauce. All the decadence of mac and cheese, with the health benefits of a veggie.

Here we go again. Cheesy this. Three Cheese that. Some may say I’m cheese obsessed. They’re right. But never underestimate the power of cheese, even when ~especially when ~ it’s added to a vegetable. Enter, Cheesy Baked Cauliflower.

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Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes, rustic, creamy, cheesy enhanced with fresh sage. The perfect side dish. Make up to a day ahead for easier entertaining.

Side Dish | October 22, 2017 | By

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes ~ rustic, creamy, cheesy ramped up with the flavor of fresh sage and brown butter. Seriously delicious. The best mashed potatoes you’ll ever eat. 

There’s no denying fall is here and it’s not just because of All Things Pumpkin (you know what I mean). It’s in the cool crisp air too which means sleeping with the windows wide open (at least for now), swapping out summer clothes for the heavy winter stuff and packing away summer recipes for some good, fall comfort food.

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes are at the top of my list ~ creamy, goat-cheesy plus that delicious nutty brown-butter flavor. They’re (sigh) epic (some may say lick your plate) good. . . and just in the nick of time for not just fall, but major holiday entertaining. Oh yeah – and you can make them a day ahead which means entertaining just got easier.

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Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad - charred sweet corn, pasta, peppers, tomatoes, black beans + bacon and a delicious creamy, tangy, slightly spicy dressing.

Side Dish | July 21, 2017 | By

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad ~ an easy summer side you won’t find at every picnic. Fresh sweet corn sautéed in bacon drippings blended with pasta, peppers, tomatoes, black beans and of course  crispy bacon tossed in a delicious creamy, tangy slightly spicy dressing.

Dannnng! I’m late to the table again and just when I ditched my 8-track for a Walkman. Kidding of course, but this time it’s Mexican Street Corn ~ would you believe I just tried it? 

My daughter has mentioned 2 or 10 times “we” should try making it. I know that’s code for “Mom, make this next time I’m over”.  The truth is I drug my feet because it just didn’t sound appealing. Mayonnaise slathered on beautiful, fresh, sweeter than sweet summer corn is almost sacrilegious.

But practically every time I went on Pinterest I saw so many recipes for Mexican Street Corn I figured I could sacrifice a single ear of corn to try it. The only thing was, my daughter wasn’t over that day. Oops ~ but OMG the flavor had me wishing for a whole bushel of it ~ and not just Mexican Street Corn, but Mexican Street Corn ~ everything.

This Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad is like pasta salad and Mexican Street Corn had a baby. I’ll leave you with that.

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Tuna Macaroni Salad

Tuna Macaroni Salad: classic with real mayonnaise, chopped celery, onions and packed with tuna. Perfect for picnics + BBQ's from Memorial to Labor Day.

Side Dish | June 2, 2017 | By

There are a few summer menu must-haves at our house, Potato Salad being one and Tuna Macaroni Salad  being the other. I don’t know why, but I only make them from Memorial to Labor Day. Tuna Macaroni Salad is as simple as summertime is supposed to be (like when you were a kid) and the flavor just may take you back to that time. This was one of my first newly married recipes and like Potato Salad I can practically make it with my eyes closed. Make it a couple of times and it’ll be the same for you. I’m still holding out hope my family will learn to love peas like I do and when that happens, I’ll be adding them by the fistful, but until then. . .

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Potato Salad Recipe

Creamy, classic old fashioned (hard boiled egg) Potato Salad Recipe like the kind from your childhood that disappears first at picnics and gatherings.

Side Dish | May 19, 2017 | By

Old fashioned picnic Potato Salad Recipe ~ potatoes, hard boiled eggs, ramped up with crispy bacon, blended with creamy real mayonnaise.

When spring hits we switch menus at our house ~ no more meatloaf, gravies and thick soups for a while ~ now we’re all about grilling and one of our favorites I can’t seem to make enough of, Potato Salad.

It isn’t Memorial weekend, 4th of July or Labor Day weekend without it and pretty much every couple of weeks throughout the summer. I’ve made it so many times I could whip it up with my eyes closed, but since it requires the use of a sharp knife I leave them open

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