Category Archives: sides

my favorite caprese salad

There are so many great ways to build this classic summertime salad. We grow our own basil in our herb garden every year. It’s easy to maintain and grows like wildfire. A readily available ingredient, this dish is a go-to staple during the warm summer nights. Whether you stack it, skewer it, or toss it in a dish, try my fun and simple alternative to Caprese Salad using homemade garden pesto and ripe tomatoes.

Caprese Skewars

Caprese Skewers

A dish that serves as the perfect side or shines as a main course!

A dish that serves as the perfect side or shines as a main course!

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blistered grilled “uncle” potatoes

Some of my favorite recipes are the ones that get passed around through the family by word of mouth. There’s no “perfect” way to make them and most can be tweaked and twisted into different culinary concoctions resulting in different delightful treats. Here’s a recipe that couldn’t be simpler and puts a new, summery face on the classic baked potato. Here’s my uncles recipe for Blistered and Grilled Potatoes.

Blistered and grilled

Blistered and grilled “uncle” potatoes!

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“real simple” mustardy pork chops with spring vegetables

Something about fresh seasonal vegetables that hold just a bit of their crunch absolutely screams summer time! This is a dish I adapted from this months edition of Real Simple. With a few fresh, fast ingredients, it makes for a perfect weeknight meal with huge flavor. Here’s my Foodetarian version of Mustardy Pork Chops with Spring Vegetables.

A "Real Simple" dinner dish for the warm weather!

A “Real Simple” dinner dish for the warm weather!

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celebrate your spinach with spinach-walnut pesto

Happy National Spinach Day! This nutritious little culinary kid begins its peak season this month and provides you with a whole bunch of iron, Vitamins A, B2, C, K, and folic acid. It stars in dips, as sides, rollatinis, and as one of my favorite secret ingredients in sauces. Here’s a quick and tasty recipe for Spinach-Walnut Pesto.

Celebrate National Spinach Day with this sauce chocked full of the good for you nutrients!

Celebrate National Spinach Day with this sauce chocked full of good for you nutrients!

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(almost) meatless-monday twice baked potatoes

Ah, the wonderful world of baked potatoes. This starchy friend proves loyal in all types of weather. In stews during the winter, grilled during the warm summer months. It never fails to leave full bellies and happy diners. A favorite dish to enjoy on its own or aside seared steak or chicken fried chicken, Twice Baked Potatoes, are a tasty way to impress your audience! Although this was our attempt at meatless Monday (by leaving out the bacon it very well could have been!), pregnancy cravings and an enticing show on bacon on the Travel Channel left me unable to resist. Here’s the simply succulent recipe!

Cheesy and creamy twice baked potatoes leave bellies warmed and full on a budget!

Cheesy and creamy twice baked potatoes leave bellies warmed and full on a budget!

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why we’re nutty about coconut milk

With the announcement of Starbucks adding coconut milk as a new coffee sweetener to their menu, the creamy dairy-free liquid has caused quite a stir among roasters everywhere. However, this little gem has been a staple in many island and southern Asian cuisines from Thailand to India to the Caribbean and Pacific for many years. While it still remains a topic of debate due to its high saturated fat content, in moderation its a unique ingredient to use in your weeknight culinary “travels.” Contrary to what you might think, when prepared correctly, it leaves little to no coconut flavor and produces a dairy-less dish. Here are a couple of my suggestions for coconut milk.

Coconut milk makes for perfect rice...no frills needed!

Coconut milk makes for perfect rice…no frills needed!

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herbed whole wheat linguini in garlicky lemon dressing

While you may be thinking this enticing title is my attempt at fulfilling my duty as a foodie by posting a “healthy new year’s dish,” you would be right…sort of. I started making pasta like this when searching for a compromise dressing for my husband and I. He, the traditional Sunday gravy pasta dresser and I, the simplier cacio e pepe (olive oil, cheese, and pepper), this recipe is flavored with enough depth to satisfy his hearty appetite while using light, fresh ingredients to keep my taste buds smiling. Here is Herbed Whole Wheat Linguini in Garlicky Lemon Dressing, with a couple of tips on herb storing (especially when they are a rare and expensive commodity in these long, chilly winter months).

Herbed Whole Wheat Linguini with Garlicky Lemon Dressing

Herbed Whole Wheat Linguini with Garlicky Lemon Dressing

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