Archive for the ‘Side Dish’ Category

Real Green Bean Casserole

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Hi, I’m Jessica H. This is my first blog post. :)

I had a baby two months ago, so when asked what I wanted bring to Thanksgiving dinner, feeling unable to tackle the rolls as I have for several years, I offered to do something a bit easier–Green Bean Casserole. But in true me fashion, I couldn’t take the easy way out. (more…)

Japanese Fried Rice

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

My step dad is Japanese. His mom is from Okinawa, she is the sweetest woman in the world. She stands 4’2 but her smile brightens a room! When they came into our family they also brought a whole new world of foods with them. This is one of the easier dishes I learned. I like to serve this at Thanksgiving because its a rice dish that really fits in well with a turkey dinner. Its a nice substitute for rice dressing if you don’t like that sort of thing ;)
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Butternut Squash Fries

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Butternut squash is amazing. It is sooooo tasty and has endless uses! Here is one of the many ways I love to use it! Great and easy holiday add-on.
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Spinach with Cranberries and Almonds

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Bright, vibrant-looking spinach leaves are not only more appealing to the eye but more nourishing as well.  Spinach has been called the world’s healthiest food.   We all know that Popeye made himself super strong by eating spinach, but you may be surprised to learn that he may also have been helping to protect himself against inflammatory problems, stress-related problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems, and cancers at the same time.  I wanted to make a spinach dish that was colorful and tasty for holidays as well as any day.  I added a cranberry sauce and almonds to the spinach sauté.  Wow!  I hope you will enjoy this tasty version of spinach!
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Honey Garlic Pork Chops, Cabbage Salad with Crunchy Noodles and Parmesan Crusted Asparagus

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Someone once asked me why I volunteer every week at Bountiful Baskets. It’s not like I’m not busy enough already. I have an extremely busy and demanding life. I have a beautiful family that cook for, clean up after, run a household for, play tag with…. I’m a mom; a jack of all trades! My kisses make pains go away, my hugs make fears go away, my tenderness makes people feel loved. I am a wife, a mother, a homemaker, a professional woman with my own staff and career. We are in the middle of starting our own business. I have personal goals and dreams that I give attention to. I have relationships that I make an effort to maintain. So why do I spend every Saturday morning getting up at the crack of dawn to volunteer for Bountiful Baskets when its only “suggested” once every 6 times?
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Citrus Asparagus

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Asparagus has been a prized delicacy for over 2,000 years.   No wonder I love it so much!  Asparagus is also loaded with nutrients and antioxidants.   You can roast, grill, or fry asparagus.  My favorite is to combine it with whatever citrus I have available.  Feel free to substitute the oranges with Clementine cuties, or lemons.  Citrus gives a lovely flavor to the already great taste of asparagus.
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Golden Harvard Beets with Lemon Garlic Chicken

Monday, October 28th, 2013

“The beet is the most intense of vegetables,” ― Tom Robbins

Challenge.  Find a way to make beets a new family favorite!  I remember when I was a child  my mother made Harvard Beets.  The intense red beets would melt in my mouth with a sweet and sour bite.  I decided to try my mother’s recipe with the Golden Beets we had in our Bountiful Basket. I roasted the beets wrapped in foil in the oven for an hour.  When they cooled, I tried the Harvard Beet recipe with fresh beets.  They were golden and lovely!   My husband, who never had a beet he liked, found a new favorite. Success!  I hope your family will enjoy this recipe, too!
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Savory Galettes

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

In planning a menu for a Games Night the idea of tapas came to mind. This reminded me of a recipe in the August 2013 Better Homes and Gardens August for Lemony Ricotta Summer Squash Galette. Not only was it easy, it used ingredients already on hand! I also knew I could easily change a few ingredients and use up even MORE!
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Zucchini Fries

Monday, August 26th, 2013


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Sautéed Spinach

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Hi everyone! I’m Laura and I’ve got my first recipe to share today. In this week’s basket there were 2 lovely bunches of spinach. I had a bit of green onion left over from last week and decided to combine the two for a new take on my classic sautéed spinach. I think it was a hit…But so far there has been nothing I can do to get my 3 year old to touch a piece of spinach!

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