Category Archives: Savory Side Dishes and Salads

Thai-Inspired Peanut Noodle Salad

Thai-Inspired Peanut Noodle Salad

Pasta salad is a staple food in the summer. This type of dish is easy to make, can always be made ahead and there are an almost infinite number of variations out there for it. It’s great to take to a barbecue or picnic, but because they keep for a couple of days are served cold, they’re also something that you can keep in the ... Read More »

Homemade Garlic Croutons

During the summer, I tend to eat a lot more salads than I do during other times of the year. Veggies are fresher and tastier (and, if I’m lucky, some are even home-grown) and it’s usually hot enough that I don’t feel like cooking hot foods – let alone like eating them. Cold salads are refreshing, as well as tasty, and they’re just ideal for ... Read More »

Sweet Corn and Carrot Cornbread

Sweet Corn and Carrot Cornbread, buttered

Savory, unsweetened cornbread may be considered by some to be the ideal choice for sopping up chili and barbecue sauce, but I prefer my cornbread to be a little on the sweet side. Since corn is naturally sweet, I feel like a little bit of sugar or honey can really make a cornbread stand out – and neither will keep cornbread from being a good ... Read More »

Buttermilk Spoon Bread

Buttermilk Spoon Bread, in progress

Spoon bread is a classically Southern dish that you probably won’t find just anywhere. The best way to describe it is to say that it is a hybrid of polenta, cornbread and a souffle – and that only partially describes it. A good spoon bread should be light, have an at least slightly custardy center and a crisp top. And it should be soft/tender enough ... Read More »

Cranberry, Feta and Avocado Salad

festive looking greens

Hearty and hot foods, from roasts and stews to soup, are definitely the order of the day during the winter. They warm us up and give us enough energy to fight the cold when we have to go outdoors. Of course, here in Southern California the cold that I’m fighting is nowhere near the cold elsewhere in the country, so I like to mix in ... Read More »

Oven-Baked Latkes

crispy, baked latkes

It’s traditional for fried foods to be served during Hannukah, celebrating oil in memory of the miracle (a small amount of lamp oil lasting for eight days instead of just one) that started the holiday. Latkes and sufganiyot (doughnuts) are two of the most popular items, staples at just about every Hannukah party/celebration. Both are tasty, but I am a particular fan of latkes. The ... Read More »

Maple Cornbread Stuffing

cornbread stuffing

There are some schools of thought that say you shouldn’t use the same kind of cornbread that you like to eat plain when you are making a cornbread stuffing. They suggest using denser or sturdier cornbread that won’t break or crumble when mixed in, but will hold its shape just like bread cubes do. My feeling is that if your cornbread is good when eaten ... Read More »

Waldorf Coleslaw

Coleslaw seems to make a lot of appearances during the summer months. Despite the fact that it needs to be refrigerated (due to the presence of mayonnaise), it is pretty much a staple of every picnic, potluck and bbq when the weather is hot. Its popularity mystified me for many years since I hated the stuff. One day, however, I stumbled upon a coleslaw that ... Read More »

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