Yukon Gold Sweet Potato Au Gratin

overhead view of yukon gold sweet potatoes with serving utensils.

Side Dish | November 22, 2017 | By

Yukon Gold Sweet Potato Au Gratin ~ sliced sweet plus Yukon gold potatoes in a creamy, silky gruyere cheese, fresh thyme sauce.

Maybe you’ve made classic Au Gratin Potatoes ~ one of my favorite potato-cheesy comfort dishes. 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 don’t save it for the holidays. Let’s make it today!


Brussels Sprouts Sweet Potato Medley

blend of fall vegetables on white platter

Side Dish | November 2, 2017 | By

Brussels Sprouts Sweet Potato Medley ~ roasted brussels sprouts and cubed sweet potatoes blended with dried cranberries and pepitas drizzled with sweet-tangy balsamic glaze. 

If there’s something better than roasted brussels sprouts, it’s blending them with roasted sweet potatoes and other flavors of fall like cranberries and pepitas for a little texture. But wait – it actually gets even better with a light drizzle of sweet-tangy balsamic glaze.

This Brussels Sprouts Sweet Potato Medley side dish is easy enough for every day but upscale enough for the holidays and has a little something for every appetite in it. 


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 with Chili Lime Dressing

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 with Chili Lime Dressing ~ easy, delicious pasta salad. Fresh sweet corn sautéed in bacon drippings blended with pasta, peppers, tomatoes, black beans and crispy bacon tossed in a simple homemade dressing.

Dannnng! I’m late to the table again ~ would you believe I just tried Mexican Street Corn? 

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

I took a chance though and was instantly hooked. This Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad is a blend of pasta salad and Mexican Street Corn and make a really good side salad you won’t see at every summer barbecue.


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.


Sweet and Russet Potato Hash with Bacon

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

Sweet and Russet Potato Hash with Bacon ~ sweet, savory and salty one skillet blend. Delicious side for breakfast or dinner.

This delicious one skillet side goes from breakfast to dinner and anytime in between. A delicious flavor blend of tender sweet potatoes, savory russets along with peppers and onions plus the unmistakable taste of crispy, salty bacon. 

Sweet and Russet Potato Hash with Bacon ~ a rustic, hearty dish that’s so simple but so over the top good, you’ll want to make it again and again, so why not?


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.