Category “Veggies & Side Dishes”

Friday, 10 April, 2009

Grilled Yellow Squash

Grilled Squash 1

Another veggie that screams “spring is here!” to me is yellow squash. We get all sorts of heirloom varieties of squash from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)* farm, and it’s always an adventure trying to figure out how to cook them. But there’s nothing better than keepin’ it simple with some salt, pepper, and olive oil – and then letting the grill do its thang. Wonderfully sweet and smoky, these grilled slices of squash are the perfect side for any summer meal.

*No worries if you are not familiar with CSAs, because I will be doing a very detailed post on our very own CSA in May! We get baskets of fresh fruits and veggies from a local farm once a week all through the growing season. Look for a post around Mother’s Day – that’s when their harvesting season kicks off.

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Saturday, 28 March, 2009

My Ultimate Comfort Food

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I have gotten a lot of requests over the past several weeks for a rockin’ recipe for macaroni and cheese. In face, some of you who know me in *real life* have expressed your shock and concern over the lack of a mac ‘n’ cheese recipe here on VV. This reaction is understandable, considering that the truth is . . . . macaroni and cheese is my #1 favorite food of all time!

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Wednesday, 25 March, 2009

Roasted Reds

Here is an easy recipe for making your own roast red bell peppers in the oven or on a grill. We grow loads of bell peppers in our garden during the summer, and I’m already looking forward to this year’s crop.

Smoky, caramelized red bells are great on their own, but you will usually find them included in recipes with other ingredients, like this beef tenderloin dish. You can also puree them to make a sauce or a dip. They have a bold, sweet flavor without being spicy or overpowering. I could eat them like candy.

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Monday, 23 March, 2009

Grilled Salad with Sweet Italian Sausage

Grilled Sausage Salad

Here is the salad that we served during our wine-tasting party. It paired beautifully with the La Crema Pinot Noir. Everyone loved the ginger crostini in this salad – and you will not believe how easy it was to make. This would be a perfect salad to serve at a cook-out – the grilled flavors of the sausage and the onion are complimented so beautifully by the balsamic.

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Friday, 13 March, 2009

Colorful Mexicorn

Over the past few months I’ve gotten some questions from readers about what “Mexicorn” is. It appears as an ingredient in several of my recipes. It’s produced by Green Giant – simply a mixture of corn, bell peppers, onion, and seasoning.

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Sunday, 8 March, 2009

Can I use the cast iron?

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My husband, the cornbread expert. My husband, the cornbread purist. My husband, Mr. Southern Boy, told me tonight: “Baby, this cornbread is just beautiful.”

Now the receipt of this compliment is a remarkable accomplishment in my life for several reasons. But the primary reason is this: I actually made this cornbread.

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Friday, 6 March, 2009

Balsamic Beans

 

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Balsamic Kissed Green Beans

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Wednesday, 4 March, 2009

Golden Steak Fries

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Just one more reason I am glad that I let my husband register for the mini fry-daddy . . .

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Wednesday, 18 February, 2009

Crock Pot Spinach Casserole

This spinach casserole has been one of my favorite dishes since childhood. The recipe came from the little booklet that came with my mom and dad’s Crockpot that they got back in the early 70s. Over the years, we’ve upped the amount of spinach and also adapted it for a dutch oven, but it’s still a family classic.

It’s a great way to get kids to eat their spinach; it’s a great way to get kids to love their spinach. It makes a delicious veggie side to go with dinner or it makes a great dip served hot with crackers. No matter how you serve it, you are going to love it!

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Friday, 30 January, 2009

An Apple a Day

My husband loves to cook up some apples around this time of year. It makes the house smell amazing, and his recipe is delicious! It’s great as a snack on its own, as a side to pork chops, as a topping on some vanilla ice cream, or as a sweetener for your morning oatmeal.

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