Category Archives: Savory Side Dishes and Salads

Rosemary Orange Biscuits

Rosemary Orange Biscuits

Plain biscuits are a dinnertime favorite for many. The flaky biscuits are perfect for sopping up sauces, and are just as good topped off with butter or jam. Although we pair them with many flavors, most of the time the biscuits themselves are quite plain. It can take your biscuits to a whole new level to infuse a little flavor into them directly. These Rosemary ... Read More »

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Browned Butter

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Browned Butter

Brussel sprouts are one of those vegetables that have a reputation of being difficult to like. The leafy green vegetables look like miniature cabbages – mostly because they are related to cabbages – with a mild, cabbage like flavor. They can be prepared in a number of different ways, but the best way to prepare them, without a doubt, is to roast them in the ... Read More »

Blood Orange Cranberry Sauce

Blood Orange Cranberry Sauce

I have a soft spot for jellied cranberry sauce as a Thanksgiving side dish, as that was a favorite of mine when I was a kid, but these days I am much more likely to make my own cranberry sauce with fresh berries to serve as a holiday side (and that includes Homemade Cranberry Jelly). I like cranberry sauces that the sweet-tart flavor of the ... Read More »

Browned Butter and Sage Stuffing with Walnuts and Cranberries

Browned Butter and Sage Stuffing

Thanksgiving is stuffing season as far as I’m concerned. I occasionally make it during the rest of the year, but I always do several batches around Thanksgiving and between Thanksgiving and Christmas. A basic stuffing (or dressing, if you come from a region where that name is more widely used) is a seasoned bread (or other starch) and vegetable mixture, cooked inside the turkey or ... Read More »

Sun Dried Tomato and Feta Biscuits

Sun Dried Tomato and Feta Biscuits

It is hard to beat a flaky, buttery buttermilk biscuit. They’re quick and easy to make, and ready to eat almost as soon as they come out of the oven. They also take to other flavors very well – and I’m not just talking about the fact that they can easily served with jam at breakfast and alongside chili at dinner. I’m talking about the ... Read More »

Tropical Fruit Ambrosia

Ambrosia

Ambrosia is one of those mysterious dishes that would show up at picnics and pot lucks all throughout my childhood, but was rarely seen anywhere else. It was a concoction that incorporated lots of fruit and mini marshmallows in a sweet, creamy sauce. The “sauce” portion usually involved something like sour cream, mayonnaise, Cool Whip or whipped cream. As a kid, I liked that fact ... Read More »

Duchess Potatoes

Piping duchess potatoes

I am a big fan of mashed potatoes and, unless I’m eating them every night with dinner, I don’t tire of them easily. But as with chocolate chip cookies, I like a little variety now and again and don’t want to make the same recipe over and over without trying anything new. In this case, the “new” recipe I’m talking about is an old one: ... Read More »

Huge Yorkshire Puddings

Yorkshire puddings with jam!

Yorkshire puddings are big, puffy popovers with a different name. The difference between the two is that popovers are usually cooked in a bit of butter or oil, while Yorkshire puddings are usually cooked in beef drippings, or meat fat that has come off of a nice roast. I find that the names are interchangeable most of the time on most menus and I tend ... Read More »

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