Category: Sides

Smoky Butternut Squash Salad

1 medium-large butternut squash, peeled and diced into bite-sized pieces 1 red onion, peeled and halved then sliced thinly. 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 12 oz. bag frozen whole kernel corn (roasted corn kernels works very well) 1/2 c dried cranberries 4 tbsp olive oil 1/2 – 1 tsp chipotle in adobo (available in…

Zippy Beets

Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds golden or red beets, trimmed and halved horizontally 1 1/4 cups water Salt and pepper 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest Method 1. Place beets, cut side down, in single layer in large sauté pan or Dutch oven. Add water and ¼…

Scented Rice

1 cup rice 1.5 cups water 1 tsp. salt 4 whole cardamom pods 4 whole cloves 1 tsp turmeric 1/2 raisins (optional)   Scented rice is served with chicken curry.  Mix all ingredients in a pot deep enough so the rice does not boil over.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low for…

Tomatoes with Bread Crumbs, Herbs, Garlic, & Cheese

Ingredients 6 ripe red tomatoes Salt and pepper 2 cloves mashed garlic 3 Tablespoons shallots or green onions ½ cups grated parmesan cheese 4 Tablespoons fresh basil and parsley ⅛ teaspoon thyme ¼ teaspoon salt Pepper to taste ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil ½ cup bread crumbs Preparation Heat oven to 400°F Cut the…

Green Rice Casserole

Ingredients 1 medium onion, chopped 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 package (small box) frozen chopped broccoli, thawed 1 cup milk 1 can Campbell’s Golden Mushroom Soup 1 cup cooked rice 1½-2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese Preparation Sauté onion in butter/margarine Mix all ingredients into casserole dish Base at 350ºF for around 30 minutes…

Spanish Rice

Ingredients 1 lb. ground beef ½ cup chopped onion ⅓ cup chopped green pepper 1 clove garlic, minced 1 can tomato soup 1 cup water ½ cup rice ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce Preparation In skillet, cook beef, onions, green peppers, and garlic until meat is browned and vegetables are…

Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients 1 spaghetti squash Preparation Bake or microwave spaghetti squash to soften skin. Cut spaghetti squash in half along the longer dimension.  Remove seeds. Place cut-side down on a baking sheet.  Bake at 450ºF for 45 minutes until skin is tender. Remove from oven. Use fork to strip strands from each spaghetti squash hull.  Strip…

Corn and Bean Casserole

A quick and easy (and nutritious) concoction that everyone will love to eat. Base Ingredients 1 can French-cut green beans, drained 1 can shoe-peg corn (usually already drained) 1/2 cup chopped onions cook in 1 tablespoon of olive oil in microwave for 2 minutes 1/2 cup grated cheese (cheddar’s your best bet) 1/2 cup sour…

Three-Cheese Pasta Bake

Contributed by Howard Dixon Serves 8-10 Ingredients 1 16 oz penne, rigatoni or other 2 10 oz containers of refrigerated Alfredo Sauce 1 cup sour cream 1 15 oz container of ricotta cheese 2 large eggs, lightly beaten ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley 1½ cups mozzarella cheese Preparation Prepare pasta according to package instructions, drain,…

Celebration Potatoes

Ingredients 9 large baking potatoes 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 1/4 cup sour cream 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Salt to taste Freshly ground black pepper to taste Butter for baking dish For the topping: 3/4 cup fresh bread crumbs 2 tablespoons butter About 1…

Brussels Sprouts and Apples

Ingredients 2 1/4 lbs fresh brussels sprouts, halved 3 Tbs fresh lemon juice 2 tsp salt, divided 1/2 cup butter, divided 1 med. onion, diced 1/4 cup apple juice 1 large Red Delicious apple, diced 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tsp sugar 1 8 oz. sliced water chestnuts, rinsed 1/2 cup golden raisins 2 tsp…

Old Fashioned Scalloped Oysters

Ingredients 1 1/3 cups soft bread crumbs 2 cups fine cracker crumbs 1 cup butter, melted 1 quart oysters salt to taste 1 egg, beaten freshly ground pepper to taste 4 Tbs chopped parsley 1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce 6 Tbs milk or cream dashes of hot pepper sauce Preparation Preheat oven to 350º F. Butter…

Pecan Broccoli

Ingredients Broccoli florets Light butter Chopped toasted pecans Baby carrots Salt and pepper to taste Preparation Cook broccoli in microwave with a small amount of water for 3 minutes or until slightly al dente. Remove from container with slotted spoon and place in a bowl of iced water to stop cooking. Then dry on a…

Marinated Asparagus

Serves 6-8 Ingredients 2 pounds fresh asparagus 3/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar 4 garlic cloves, minces 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes Preparation Snap off tough ends of asparagus, and cook asparagus in boiling water to cover 3 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender; drain. Plunge asparagus into ice…

Flageolet Bean Salad

Ingredients 1 can flageolet beans, drained ½ lb bacon, fried and crumbled (I use lardons here) 2 boiled eggs Salt/pepper to taste 2T white vinegar 2T olive oil 1” anchovy paste Preparation Boil the eggs. Cook and crumble bacon. Drain and wash beans, put them into a flat dish (au gratin is best).  Salt and…

Eggplant Orzo Casserole

Ingredients 1 large eggplant, chopped into small cubes (about 8 cups) 2 cups chopped red bell pepper 1 cup chopped onion 2 cloves minced garlic 1 tablespoon thyme (dry or fresh) 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 slightly-beaten eggs 3 cups cooked orzo (about 1 1/2 cups uncooked) 1/2 cup skim milk 1 cup grated or…

Crock Pot Red Beans

Ingredients 1 16 oz bag kidney beans, soaked overnight, drained 1 ham bone OR 2 ham hocks 1 large bell pepper, chopped 1 large onion, chopped, about 1 cup 3 stalks celery, chopped (including leaves) 1 small carrot, finely chopped 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce 2 bay leaves 4 cloves garlic, crushed 1/4 teaspoon thyme 1/4…

Crab and Asparagus au gratin

©2002 Meredith Corporation, adapted by Rick Tucker Ingredients 1 pound jumbo (chunk-sized) crab fresh asparagus margarine 1 cup sliced mushrooms 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 Tablespoon cornstarch Salt Ground nutmeg Pepper 1 cup skim milk 2 Tablespoons chopped almonds 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese Preparation Use chunk-sized crab, or cut crab legs into 1-inch chunks…

Corn and Bean Casserole

Ingredients 1 can French cut green beans, drained 1 can shoepeg corn, drained 1/2 cup chopped onions (cook in 1 Teaspoon oil in microwave for 2 minutes) 1/2 cup grated cheese 1/2 cup sour cream 1 can cream of celery soup (undiluted) salt & pepper Preparation Mix all ingredients and put into deep casserole dish.…