Category Archives: Savory Side Dishes and Salads

Turkey and Stuffing Potato Balls

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey and Stuffing Potato Balls

There is a well-known Cuban bakery in Los Angeles called Porto’s that I visit regularly. They make everything from breads to cakes, and offer both sweet and savory options. Their best seller is a deep fried potato ball that is stuffed with a savory mixture of meat and veggies. The potato balls are hearty and come in at under $1, making them a very affordable ... Read More »

Individual Cherry Tomato Crisps

Individual Cherry Tomato Crisps

I eat a lot of tomatoes during the summer, slicing up large heirlooms to make BLTs and popping sweet cherry tomatoes into my mouth by the handful.  They’re so good when they’re fresh, that I often don’t cook them before serving them, but I love roasted tomatoes and do manage to set enough aside from time to time to transform them into other delicious summer dishes. These Individual ... Read More »

Mexican Street Corn Cornbread

Mexican Street Corn Cornbread

Elote, or Mexican grilled street corn, is one of my favorite summer foods. You start with fresh corn on the cob, grill it then top it with mayonnaise, peppers and fresh cotija cheese. It is an amazing blend of sweet, savory and spicy flavors that I will serve up any chance I can get. After baking a batch of cornbread to pair with some homemade ... Read More »

Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs

Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs

I’ve always enjoyed deviled eggs, but I find that I’ve been eating them a lot more often than I used to. This is because deviled eggs – though never really out of “style” – are going through a bit of a renaissance and I’ve been seeing them on more and more menus over the last year. They’re great appetizers and it is easy to put ... Read More »

Pumpkin Cornbread Stuffing with Cranberries

Pumpkin Cornbread Stuffing with Cranberries

Cornbread is a wonderful Thanksgiving side dish, especially if you have baked up a batch of my delicious Pumpkin Cornbread. The cornbread can be served as-is or it can be turned into a delicious holiday stuffing that will compliment any big family dinner. I have made all kinds of different stuffing recipes in the past, from Bacon, Pumpkin and Pecan Stuffing to Caramelized Onion Stuffing and Cranberry, Pancetta and ... Read More »

Homemade Pumpkin Cornbread

Homemade Pumpkin Cornbread

There was a point in time where one of the only places you saw pumpkin was in pumpkin pie, but those days are long gone. Pumpkin – and pumpkin pie spice, of course – is all over the place during the fall, in desserts, savory dishes and even in coffee drinks. My Homemade Pumpkin Cornbread is just one of many delicious ways to use pumpkin ... Read More »

Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

I grow tomatoes in my garden during the summer, and that typically means that my kitchen is completely overflowing with tomatoes. My tomatoes seem to ripen in waves, so when I have a fresh batch, I usually rush to use them up before the next wave hits. I make pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes and store it in the freezer for later use. I make ... Read More »

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

I did not particularly enjoy salads when I was a kid, certainly not as much as I do now. I enjoyed salad dressing, and I loved to dunk crunchy carrot and celery sticks into small bowls of that dressing as a snack, it took me a while to learn to love lettuce. One of the first salads I can remember eating and loving was a ... Read More »

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