Side Dishes

Fiddleheads – a PSA

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These are fiddleheads, one of those delicious yet fleeting spring treats.  I picked some up at my local grocery store this weekend and I was so excited!  There were only a few packages, and it didn’t say anything about where they came from.  But still, fiddleheads!  Wheee! I’ve cooked fiddleheads before.  Not often, since they […]


Asparagus Gratin

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For once, my blog slackerliness is totally going to work in your favor!  This is another recipe I made on Easter, but I had to make it with non-local asparagus.  Now, asparagus season is here in New England and you are now armed and ready with this worthy preparation. Looks can be deceiving.  This dish […]


Dear Spinach

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Strangely enough, this post is not my first letter to a vegetable. Spinach, where have you been all my life? Wait, don’t answer that. I know, it’s all my fault, this whole thing where we didn’t really get together till now. Oh, there were the false starts. Most notably when I was about 5 years […]


Watermelon and Tomato Salad with Herbs and Cheese

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I like magazines. I’m an old fashioned girl that way – I like to flip pages sometimes instead of clicking or scrolling.  Sometimes I’m in the mood for Martha Stewart Living and looking at gardens I’ll never have the patience to plant, craft projects I don’t have the will to complete and home decor I […]


Mixed String Beans and Mixed Summer Veggie Memories

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I remember eating quite a few vegetables from cans when I was a kid. There was that phase when I was a huge Popeye fan and I begged my mother for canned spinach.  She obliged, and I tried really hard to actually eat it.  It didn’t go well.  Not even for Popeye could I down […]


Zucchini Summer Squash Cakes with Herbed Goat Cheese

Thumbnail image for Zucchini Summer Squash Cakes with Herbed Goat Cheese July 29, 2011

Once upon a time, in a blog long, long ago, I went a little zucchini crazy and did a solid consecutive 7-day week of zucchini recipes.  One particular recipe became a favorite around here – zucchini cakes.  My husband would be quite content if I shredded every zucchini I encountered over the summer and froze […]


Guest Post – Naughty Mac and Cheese

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I’m back from vacation but still trying to get my head back into the real world after 10 days of sun and fun and lobster. My sister very generously offered me another guest post, although she worried about her foodie cred with the Velveeta.  I thought that part was okay, although you could surely substitute […]


Rice Pilaf with Bok Choy

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True confession time. As much as I try to avoid most processed food and buy local meat and vegetables, there are a few convenience products that make regular appearances in my kitchen.  One of those things is chicken broth. Which is not to say I am not still a total domestic badass. I do still […]


Kiss my Grits!

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No, really.  Kiss them.  They are yummy and after you kiss them, you’ll want to gobble them up.  Once again, Fine Cooking magazine arrived in my mailbox and in no time, I wanted to cook most of what I saw on the pages.  And especially when I saw Pam Anderson’s latest article on vegetarian grilling […]


Filet Mignon and Creamed Spinach

Thumbnail image for Filet Mignon and Creamed Spinach May 16, 2011

So, did you get that free issue of Cuisine At Home magazine in the mail?  I did and the timing was good.  It has a step-by-step procedure for making perfect filet mignon at home and I had just received some filet from my meat CSA. Yes!  Filet mignon from the CSA!  If you’ve ever thought […]