Posts Tagged ‘Side Dishes’

70 Recipes for a Beautiful Spring Supper

Monday, April 7th, 2014

70 Recipes for a Beautiful Spring Supper

In the collage above, on the left, top to bottom: Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb from An Edible Mosaic, Roasted Broccoli and Carrots with Crispy Quinoa, Goat Cheese, and Lemony Oregano Dressing from With Food + Love, Roasted Shabbat Chicken with Spring Vegetables from What Jew Wanna Eat, and Strawberry Tomato Bruschetta from Lemons for Lulu; on the right, top to bottom: Pan-Roasted Asparagus Almondine from Diethood, Millet Pilaf with Roasted Carrot and Fennel from An Edible Mosaic, and Pea and Herbed Goat Cheese Tart from Gourmande in the Kitchen.

Are you an elegant dinner party sort-of person, or more of a let’s-grab-sandwiches-from-the-local-café sort-of person? Or maybe both?

For family gatherings I like to keep it simple, but when friends are coming over, I’ve been known to go all out with something much more on the fancy side, Julia Child-style. (more…)

Sweet and Tangy Cabbage-Cranberry Sauté

Friday, December 20th, 2013

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I love how certain colors are associated with specific holidays.

Just a couple examples… (more…)

75 Side Dish Recipes For a Beautiful Thanksgiving Dinner

Monday, November 25th, 2013

75 Side Dish Recipes For a Beautiful Thanksgiving Dinner

In the collage above, 1st row, left to right: Apple-Cranberry Stuffing from Oh, Sweet Basil; Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Dark Cherry Sauce and Hazelnut from An Edible Mosaic with Creamy Mashed Cauliflower with Ghee {Paleo} from Everyday Maven directly below; Honey Mustard Roasted Potatoes from Busy in Brooklyn; Steakhouse Smashed Potatoes from Oh, Sweet Basil. 2nd row, left to right: Fried Smashed Potatoes with Onions and Meyer Lemon Dressing from Cravings of a Lunatic; Cheddar Green Bean Casserole from Life and Kitchen; Garlic Pistachio Cranberry Tarts from Spabettie; Rosemary Roasted Carrots from Oh My Veggies. 3rd row, left to right: Brioche Buns from Because I Like Chocolate; Turkey-Sage Cornbread Stuffing from An Edible Mosaic; Creamed Onions from An Edible Mosaic; Mulled Wine Cranberry Sauce from Busy in Brooklyn. 4th row, left to right: Kale and Butternut Squash Salad from Confident Cook Hesitant Baker; Classic Dinner Rolls from Life and Kitchen; Roasted Butternut Squash with Apple, Onion, and Thyme from An Edible Mosaic.

A perfectly cooked turkey makes Thanksgiving dinner.

But what about the sides?

If the side dishes served are less than stellar or if there isn’t a decent variety of them, I don’t know about you, but I feel a little bit like I’m being cheated out of Thanksgiving dinner. And while a few classic stand-by sides are nice, sometimes I want to try something new.

If this sounds familiar, you’ll love this festive side dish round-up.  (more…)

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Dark Cherry Sauce + Hazelnut

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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With Thanksgiving less than a week away, if you’re anything like me, I bet you’ve been scouring the internet for new side dish ideas.

Of course there are the ever-present sides on our holiday table, like butternut squash puree, some variant of stuffing (cornbread-based stuffing seems to be everyone’s favorite), and some form of bean casserole (usually green bean casserole, but for some reason that hasn’t been such a hit for the past couple of years). And Brussels sprouts, which is my dad’s contribution to our meal; my mom hates them and refuses to go near them, but since they’re a favorite of his, my dad takes on the challenge every year. Sometimes he’ll make them braised, but if I’m really lucky, the sprouts get roasted. (more…)

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower Gratin {Grain-Free; Gluten-Free}

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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How does your family do Thanksgiving dinner?

Pot luck-style with everyone bringing a dish to pass? Or maybe the person hosting makes everything and someone else hosts the next holiday?

In my family, dinner is always at my mom’s house, and she and I make everything together (except for the turkey, which my mom brines and my dad roasts).

We like to have an assortment of sides to please everyone because everyone has a different favorite. And it seems like there is always at least one person who is on a new diet or who found out that they are intolerant to something, and we also like to have a dish that fits their way of eating.

Enter this pretty little number. (more…)

Balsamic-Roasted Broccoli

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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I’m always surprised when someone tells me they don’t like broccoli…it’s one of my favorite green veggies!

Not to mention, broccoli cooks up super quick, is fabulous in risotto, and goes so well with cheese (or vegan “cheese” sauce!). Plus the florets look like little trees. What’s not to love?

When I ask why they don’t like it, the most common response I get is I guess I’m just sick of it…I need new ideas!

Well, there’s no way I can hear that and not come to the rescue. (more…)

Bulgur Wheat Salad with Pomegranate + Walnut

Friday, October 4th, 2013

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The first time I made this salad was last summer for a cookout at my parents’ house before Mike and I left for Kuwait. I wanted to bring a hearty salad, and I was trying to clean out my pantry and fridge when I found a bag of bulgur wheat in the pantry and a bottle of pomegranate molasses in the fridge. For some reason I thought combining the two in one dish was the best idea ever.

As strange as this pairing might sound, it is pretty fantastic. (more…)

Coconut-Sesame Rice

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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Would you believe I absolutely hated rice as a kid?

I attribute this to the fact that my mom served what she called “Mushroom and Wine Rice” to my sister and I the first time we remember ever having rice. Although I think it sounds delicious now, this is not something your average five-year-old will generally devour; needless to say, I grew up thinking I hated rice. (more…)

Eggplant with Tomato Compote, Toasted Almonds, & Fresh Mint

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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Normally as summer winds down I start to hoard summer vegetables.

Cucumbers get pickled, tomatoes get stewed (for beautiful things like creamy tomato soup in the middle of winter), and zucchinis get baked. (By the way, while I haven’t tried freezing the chocolate zucchini cake I linked to, I’ve found that in general, baked goods with zucchini freeze pretty well if wrapped tightly.)

With the weather being so different here in Kuwait than it is in New York, I’m not sure how long we’ll have access to fresh summer veggies. I guess I’ll wait and see!

Instead of hoarding summer’s bounty for later, I’m trying to make the most of it now with simple dishes like this that really celebrate the last of summer’s sweetness in vegetable form. (more…)

Lemony Chickpea + Herb Wheat Berry Salad

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

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First I have to thank all my wonderful readers who sent me emails, messages, or comments on my big announcement that was hidden at the bottom of my last post. If you didn’t catch it, Mike and I moved to Kuwait. We are thrilled to be starting a new chapter of our lives and I am excited to bring you updates as we explore our new home. Can I just say that I have the best readers ever?

Ok, so let’s talk about this salad. (more…)

Hello! I’m Faith and I write An Edible Mosaic. This is my recipe collection of international favorites and updated American classics, with an emphasis on seasonal dishes. I focus on real foods that sustain body and mind, bring people together, and make a house a home. Welcome to my mosaic of recipes.

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