Yum
Archive | Side Dishes RSS feed for this section

Tipsy Cranberry-Pear Sauce with Raisins

Every year or so, I like to switch up my cranberry sauce. Cranberries offer a feast of opportunities since they work and play well with both savory and sweet. Some years I fold in onions, Serrano peppers, and cinnamon and serve it over salmon, pork chops, or cream […]

Pin It
Read More 7 Comments

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Apples #FallFest

Thanksgiving side, Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Apples with gorgonzola

Perfect side dish for fall-scalloped sweet potatoes and apples with gorgonzola and spiced butter, topped with an oat-pepita crumble. Images of smiling, multi-generation families crowded around tables heavy with roast turkeys and casseroles are everywhere this time of year. The message seems to be – […]

Pin It
Read More 21 Comments

Maple Candied Carrots with Currants: #FallFest

candied carrots with maple syrup toss with currants.

Maple glazed carrots tossed with currants, ready with 5 minutes of prep before sliding into the oven. It’s good to be flexible. CMax (Carnivorous Maximus) and I are now one month into training Pakrika (Rika), our 13-week-old Labradoodle puppy, and it’s clear that we have […]

Pin It
Read More 10 Comments

Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Caramelized Onions

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with caramelized red onions

Warm Brussels sprouts salad with caramelized onions and dressed with a maple dressing. Perfect fall and winter side dish! I’m so excited to announce that I’m now part of the Food Network #FallFest blogger group. Today we’re celebrating Brussels sprouts. I know, I know. Brussels […]

Pin It
Read More 32 Comments

Zucchini Succotash Cobbler & Cornbread: #SundaySupper

Zucchini succotash with cornbread topping

Vegetable cobbler of zucchini, corn, yellow beans, and tomatoes with cornbread topping. So it turns out today is National Acorn Squash Day. I had no idea there was such a day, did you? With all due respect to acorn squash, I’m going to cook a […]

Pin It
Read More 19 Comments

Jalapeño Mac ‘n Cheese Bites: #SundaySupper

Jalapeño mac 'n cheese bites

Creamy jalapeño mac ‘n cheese bites with yogurt in place of milk. Perfect for a casual party. Confession. I prefer intimate (small), casual gatherings to larger ones.  Don’t get me wrong. Both are fun. But it’s a completely different social experience. Larger parties keep me […]

Pin It
Read More 22 Comments

Vegan Lentil and Potato Salad

Light potato salad mixed with lentils and tomatoes…perfect for picnics and BBQs. After a winter and spring of house remodeling projects, I am so ready for the BBQs, picnics, and casual entertaining that Memorial Day weekend heralds. Well, just as soon as we fix our […]

Pin It
Read More 12 Comments

Roasted Cauliflower & Quinoa Breadcrumbs

roasted cauliflower with quinoa breadcrumbs, vegetarian main dish

Crispy roasted cauliflower over a pile of quinoa breadcrumbs, capers & kalamata olives, with a soft-boiled egg on the side. Cauliflower isn’t badass like Serrano peppers, who pack searing heat into long slender bodies. It’s not a vixen like salt, completely dominating dishes if mishandled, […]

Pin It
Read More 10 Comments

Skillet-Baked Corn Pudding

skillet baked corn pudding with black beans

Fluffy corn pudding with a soufflé-like consistency, laced with cheese and a little kick of roasted poblano heat. I recently received “The New Southwest – Classic Flavors with a Modern Twist” cookbook to review and instantly fell in love. It’s by Meagan Micozzi of Scarletta […]

Pin It
Read More 38 Comments

Pickled Beet Salad with Chive Oil

Quick pickled beets tossed with chive oil, feta cheese, and pepitas. Quick pickled vegetables and fruits add accent notes to creamy entrées and create memorable sassy side dishes like this salad of roasted beets, feta and pepitas. For entrées, think pickled tomatoes added to creamy […]

Pin It
Read More 10 Comments

(Gluten-Free) Pumpkin Pie Spoon Bread

gluten free, pumpkin pie spoon bread

Gluten-free spoon bread with the flavors of pumpkin pie. When I got the November issue of Bon Appétit in the mail, there were a bunch of recipes calling my name. Starting with this one. I’d never made spoon bread, had never even eaten any, and […]

Pin It
Read More 19 Comments

Farmhouse Butternut – Apple Crumble: #SundaySupper

Comfort food crumble made with butternut squash, apples and ginger. This week’s theme is “Squashin’ Winter” for SundaySupper. It’s still sunny and in the 60’s and 70’s here in Northern California, but luckily the weather isn’t the only thing that drives seasons. Food does too. I […]

Pin It
Read More 36 Comments

DIY

Basil, Chive, and Mustard Butters

Easy compound butters using fresh herbs from the garden to make dishes a little more special. Compound butters are a great little condiment to keep in the freezer, all wrapped in wax paper and tucked into ziplock baggies. They’ll keep that way for a long […]

Pin It

Green Mint Chutney…Tossed in Rice With Tomatoes & Nectarines

green mint chutney rice

Spicy, green mint chutney is a popular staple on the Indian table, particularly in summer. If you follow this blog, you know I love condiments I can have on hand to make great meals in minutes. This powerful little condiment, Classic Mint Chutney from Spices […]

Pin It

Garlic Oil

how make garlic oil for your pantry, The Wimpy Vegetarian

Olive oil infused with garlic plus cooking tips. Flavored olive oils are fun and so easy to make. But there’s good reason to take precautions. There is risk of botulism in making some types, and this seems to be particularly true of garlic oil as […]

Pin It

Roasted Tomato Hummus : #SundaySupper

Roasted Tomato Hummus 600 The Wimpy Vegetarian

Easy hummus recipe with a swirl of balsamic roasted tomatoes. If you follow this blog, you know I’m a list person. Have you ever had something on your to-do list you keep postponing? Not something like ‘clean the bathroom grout’ – that’s in an entirely different […]

Pin It