Au Gratin Potatoes

Easy Au Gratin Potatoes ~ layers of tender potatoes in a creamy, cheesy sauce and golden brown slightly crispy top. A classic comfort food side dish.

Side Dish | March 26, 2019 | By

Au Gratin Potatoes ~ easy classic recipe for tender sliced potatoes blanketed in layers of creamy, cheesy sauce and a golden, slightly crispy top.

If you’ve already started planning your Easter menu a big high five to your organizational skills. To the rest of us frantically scrolling through Pinterest the day before the holiday, we’re kindred spirits. We’re not alone and I have us all covered.

There’s no better sidekick to that Easter ham (or pretty much any other protein) than layers of tender sliced potatoes blanketed in a creamy, über cheesy sauce. Enter: Au Gratin Potatoes.


Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes

Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes ~ creamy, buttery mashed potatoes flavored with smoked Gouda cheese. The ultimate side dish for the holidays.

Side Dish | November 1, 2018 | By

Mashed Potatoes ~ creamy, buttery bursting with smoked Gouda cheese flavor. The ultimate side dish for the holidays.

For a foodie, it doesn’t get much better than the Wine and Food Festival in Epcot at Walt Disney World but if you think it’s nothing but ‘park food’, think again.

Disney rolled out a foodie’s red carpet as only Disney can do. Inspiration was everywhere. We paced ourselves sampling so many delicious dishes but still weren’t able to taste everything we wanted to. I guess that’s the best reason to go back.

My favorite dish was lick-your-plate good: Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes that served as a base for fork-tender, Beer Braised Beef served in ‘Belgium’. When I got home I couldn’t wait to make both.

Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes ~ creamy, buttery mashed potatoes flavored with smoked Gouda cheese. The ultimate side dish for the holidays.


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.


Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

maple bacon brussels sprouts ~ pan seared brussels sprouts and applewood smoked bacon in a savory-sweet maple, french mustard glaze.

Side Dish | November 2, 2016 | By

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts, skillet seared and cooked until tender with crispy bacon all in a maple syrup-Dijon mustard glaze.

Brussels sprouts used to be the vegetable people loved to hate. I even told people I didn’t care for them when in fact, they had never actually passed my lips. 

Once named the Most Hated Vegetable in America, they’re enjoying a new-found popularity.

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are pan sautéed, infused with the flavor of Applewood smoked bacon, then tossed with a maple syrup-bacon-French mustard glaze. They’ll win over even your pickiest eater. 


Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad ~ favorite smoked meats from an Italian sub, plus garden fresh vegetables and cheese tortellini, lightly dressed in Italian dressing.

Side Dish | August 10, 2016 | By

Italian Pasta Salad ~ cheese stuffed tortellini, smoked Italian meats and garden fresh vegetables all lightly dressed ~an upgrade to a classic pasta salad.

Hopefully you’re still ready for a few more summer meals ~ it is, after only mid-August. Part of me still wants to eat barbecue, cold salads and appetizers like I’m training for the Olympics ~ it is an Olympic sport, right? Another part of me is thinking ahead to mashed potatoes with rich, savory gravy and casseroles blended with melted cheese ~ comfort food.

But in the meantime, let’s take a few more dips in the lake, toast another s’more or three, stay out after the streetlights come on and make some Italian Pasta Salad.

It’s all my favorite smoked meats from an Italian sub, plus garden fresh vegetables and cheese stuffed tortellini, lightly dressed in Italian dressing. It’s a salad that acts like a meal that acts like a side dish that acts like a. . .


Pesto Tortellini Salad

pesto tortellini salad

Side Dish | May 31, 2016 | By

In my mind Memorial weekend kicks off the start of summer. Barbecues, boating and the start of a whole new menu that includes some cold salads I haven’t seen in months. They’re like old friends, especially this Pesto Tortellini Salad — even though I haven’t seen you in months, we just pick up right where we left off. My 9 year old neighbor told me summer starts on June 9 at exactly 12 p.m. — the day and time she gets out of school for the summer which to her means long days of playing outside, keeping a vigil for the ice cream truck and staying up a little later at night. Who could argue with that?


Baked Sweet Potato Fries

baked sweet potato fries

Side Dish | April 26, 2016 | By

I was a  bit slow jumping on the sweet potato bandwagon, but now that I’m on it, especially with these Baked Sweet Potato Fries – I don’t want to get off. . . ever. My daughter makes a Loaded Baked Sweet Potato topped with black beans, sautéed chicken, bell peppers and onions, cheese and salsa ~ a meal in itself. Sounds delicious, right? I wish she had learned to make this when she was younger and lived at home, right?


Tomato-Goat Cheese-Pesto Side Dish

Tomato-Goat Cheese-Pesto Side Dish

Side Dish | September 16, 2015 | By

Here where I live in Michigan, we’re starting to harvest our tomatoes. Which is a good thing. . .until it isn’t. Let me explain. Sometimes those tomatoes come in so fast and furious you can’t process them before they go bad ~ a cardinal sin among gardeners – letting your crops go bad. So I sought to create a unique side dish with some of my harvest, Tomato-Goat Cheese-Pesto Side Dish which turned out to be really delicious.


Easy Cheesy Jalapeno Corn

Easy Cheesy Jalapeno Corn

Side Dish | September 16, 2015 | By

Monday on the blog I promised two super easy side dishes and this is the second, Easy Cheesy Jalapeno Corn, a slightly spicy, slightly cheesy fresh corn off the cob side dish that goes perfectly with steak, chicken, pork or fish. Cooking time just 5 minutes. How can you beat a delicious, fresh side dish in just 5 minutes?