Side Dishes

Chilled Dill Carrot Salad

January 19, 2010
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Do unusual fruits or vegetables catch your eye in your produce section and leave you wondering what they’re like? For me, it’s been the multicolor carrots lately. Despite the fact that I’m not the biggest carrot fan in the world I couldn’t resist the opportunity to put those beautiful colors in a dish. I finally […]

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Pecan Crunch

November 18, 2009
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Despite being almost two years old, my daughter still prefers her sweet potatoes in the form of baby food purées with nothing else added. I suspect this has as much to do with the appeal of the natural sweet potato flavor as it does with the entertainment value of practicing the transfer of bright-orange mush […]

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Herb Stuffing Muffins

November 16, 2009
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{Click here to see all the on-the-side Thanksgiving side dish and dessert recipes I’ve shared over the years.} When I mentioned to my mother that I was planning to make a traditional herb stuffing this weekend, she replied, “You should bake it in muffin tins!” She had just read an article in The New York […]

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Bacon, Sour Cream & Chive Mashed Potatoes

November 5, 2009
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I’ve struggled in the past to make mashed potatoes with the texture I really like – the really fluffy, smooth, creamy kind. Maybe I’d been using the wrong kind of potatoes or I wasn’t cooking the potatoes for long enough or I could have benefited from a tool like a potato ricer…but I think the […]

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Green Bean Casserole

November 4, 2009
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I previously said that it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving at my house without classic pumpkin pie. Well, I guess I’d also add Green Bean Casserole to that list. To be fair, is it the best vegetable side dish I’ve ever had? No, not really. But it’s loaded with tradition and nostalgia – and on Thanksgiving, that […]

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Creamy Broccoli Soup

October 6, 2009
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I’m an adult now (and have been for some time) so I shouldn’t really need excuses to eat my vegetables. But I still kind of do. It’s not that I don’t like them…but I don’t necessarily jump for them either. That is, unless they’re made in an especially tasty manner. This Creamy Broccoli Soup definitely […]

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Roasted Broccoli with Lemon

September 25, 2009

It doesn’t come much simpler than this: broccoli tossed with olive oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper and roasted until that telltale caramelized crust forms. Nothing fancy – just the fresh taste of the vegetable, with a bit of its natural sweetness brought out to the forefront. Everyone needs an easy vegetable side dish recipe […]

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Caesar Salad with Sugar Snap Peas

April 29, 2009
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Every so often food items will curiously appear in our fridge and pantry. Items that I didn’t buy. A tub of spreadable butter. Individually-wrapped American slices. A jar of Reese’s Creamy Peanut Butter. Diced peaches in syrup. It’s not that I really have anything against these products, but in our almost three years of marriage […]

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Green Beans with Feta and Dill

April 16, 2009

When green beans are on sale for a mere 88 cents a pound, as they were this week at my local Ralphs, you can be sure I’ll be cooking some with dinner. I usually just steam them or sauté them with a little garlic, but when I found this fresh and flavorful-sounding recipe for a […]

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Vanilla Glazed Baby Carrots

April 10, 2009
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If the carrots of my childhood had been prepared with a sweet vanilla glaze like these ones, you can be sure I would have eaten them much more willingly than I did! These little cuties get to roll around with a vanilla bean in butter and honey (and a touch of white wine vinegar) until […]

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