Posts Tagged ‘Side Dishes’
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
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…)
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
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…)
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
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…)
Friday, October 4th, 2013
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…)
Thursday, September 19th, 2013
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…)
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
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…)
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
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…)
Monday, August 12th, 2013
I go crazy for onion. I’m the girl who orders her sandwiches/burgers/pizza/omelet/salad with extra, extra onion. And even with double extra, I find that most places are still a bit too skimpy with the onion for my liking. (Good thing my hubby is an extra, extra onion kind of guy too.)
Normally I’d say this salad is all about the onion for me…because just look below and see how gorgeous that roasted red onion is. (more…)
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
In law school I had a friend who claimed that he had a real archenemy, superhero-style.
As in, Batman vs. The Joker or Superman vs. Lex Luther.
And he was serious. He said they’d glower at each other every time they had the misfortune of crossing each other’s path, each secretly plotting and scheming terrible things against the other. Not so much violent things, more like things to mind-manipulate or humiliate each other.
Bizarre? Maybe. But I’ll admit that law school tends to foster a little bit of bizarre the way a hot day fosters the desire for a cold beverage. Perhaps par for the course is a better way of putting it.