Vegetables and Sides

Vegetables and Sides

Simply Delicious Veggies!

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Finding good, fresh vegetables in the winter can be a challenge.  Broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts are typical winter vegetables but they don’t appeal to everyone, including my husband!  Carrots, cabbage, and green beans are usually a reasonable choice although green beans can also be hit and miss.  Of course, […]

Vegetables and Sides

Garlicky, Buttery, Green Beans

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My Mom always blanched green beans first, sautéed some garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil and added the beans, salt, and pepper.  In this recipe, the beans are cooked in butter first and then braised quickly in their own juices with lots of garlic.  It’s a subtle difference […]

Vegetables and Sides

Patatas Panaderas

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This classic Spanish recipe is served in most restaurants in Spain as a side dish.  Made with olive oil and wine, it is a simple dish to make, but the resulting flavor and creaminess of the potatoes will have you making this dish again and again.  Although the potatoes are […]

Salads, Vegetables and Sides

Insalata Russa

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The origin of Russian Salad is not clear.  The most common theory is that it was created by the French chef Lucien Olivier at the Hermitage Restaurant in Moscow where it was known as Salad Olivier.  However, Insalata Russa or Italian Russian salad was very popular in Italy.  In the […]

Vegetables and Sides

Cheesy Corn Casserole

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I think of this as an elevated version of Southern corn pudding.  Southern corn pudding is usually quite sweet, made with the addition of sugar, Jiffy corn muffin mix, and canned creamed corn.  My Corn Casserole recipe is quite savory, full of sweet, crunchy corn, a bit spicy, and souffle-like […]

Vegetables and Sides

Crispy Corn Fritters

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Don’t you just love corn season?  Sweet, crunchy, tender, juicy corn – YUM!  Yes, corn on the cob is great.  Perfect, actually!  But I get bored with the same old thing no matter how good it is.  Crispy Corn Fritters are an easy side dish and the perfect way to […]

Vegetables and Sides

Corn and Parmigiano Sformati

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A sformato (the singular of sformati) is a little Italian soufflé or custard.  It is less airy, more substantial and easier to make than a soufflé.  The word sformato means “unmolded” which is how they are served.  Most sformati are made with a béchamel base, but this is an even […]