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!


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

Brussels Sprouts, sweet potato roasted and caramelized then 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. The flavors 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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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

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 (think childhood) 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 almost make 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. . .


Potato Salad Recipe

potato salad recipe - overview view of blended potato salad garnished with dill

Side Dish | May 19, 2017 | By

BEST old fashioned Potato Salad Recipe is easy to make with tender potatoes, hard boiled eggs and crispy applewood smoked bacon, blended with creamy real Hellman’s mayonnaise.

When spring hits we switch menus. No more Salisbury Steak with mushroom gravy or thick soups for while. Now we’re all about grilling and one of our favorites I can’t seem to make enough of, this Potato Salad recipe.

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. It requires the use of a sharp knife, however so I leave them open.


Bacon Sweet Potato Hash

Bacon Sweet Potato Hash: diced sweet and russet potatoes, crispy bacon and a slight tang from apple cider vinegar. Goes from breakfast to dinner!

Side Dish | March 5, 2017 | By

Bacon Sweet Potato Hash ~ sweet and russet potatoes come together with crispy Applewood smoked bacon, onions and peppers plus a slight tang from apple cider vinegar for the ideal comfort side dish.

If you’re here for a delicious dish that goes from breakfast to dinner ~ or brinner, you’ve found it with Bacon Sweet Potato Hash.

The combination of crispy, salty bacon and tender, browned potatoes can’t be beat ~ diners across America swear by it, but this dish also includes sweet potatoes along with russets, Applewood smoked bacon, onions and peppers and a hint of tang from apple cider vinegar for a rustic, hearty dish that’s so simple you could probably make it with your eyes closed, but because we’re using a sharp knife, that could be dangerous so I don’t recommend it.


Artichoke Lemon Risotto

Dinner, Side Dish | February 20, 2017 | By

Creamy Artichoke Lemon Risotto topped with bits of crispy prosciutto plus tips for perfect creamy risotto every time.

Do you want to know the one ingredient for the creamiest risotto ever? I just discovered it and I’m happy to share it with you.

First off, risotto is one of my favorite dishes and if it’s on the menu, it’s a pretty safe bet I’ll order it. I don’t care what it’s served with or what kind of risotto it is. I love making it at home, too like this Artichoke Lemon Risotto or Tomato Basil Risotto.

Artichoke Lemon Risotto even has bits of crispy prosciutto ~ the perfect briny topping for this creamy dish. But wait ~ that secret ingredient. . .


Cucumber Dill Salad

Cucumber Salad ~ cool crisp sliced cucumbers in a Greek yogurt, lemon herb dressing. Assembles in just minutes and goes with practically anything.

Side Dish | January 9, 2017 | By

Cucumber Salad ~ fresh, crisp cucumbers sliced in a Greek yogurt, lemon-dill dressing. Assembles in 10 minutes and goes perfectly with almost any meal.

For some reason I always associate this creamy, lemon-herb dressed Cucumber Salad with summer, farm stands and grilling, but last week I happened to have all the ingredients in the refrigerator and was looking for an easy side so I made it with Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin.

I realized I be totally crazy saving this easy, tasty, healthy side dish just for summer.

You can make it with full fat sour cream but I’ve abandoned that ship for plain Greek yogurt in a lot of recipes, saving my calories for dessert.