Garlic and Soy Glazed Green Beans

Garlic and soy glazed green beans

We are always looking for a quick and delicious side dish to have with our meals.  This Garlic and Soy Glazed Green Bean recipe is the perfect side.  It is simple, delicious and easy. Garlic and Soy Glazed Green Beans Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Once the water is at a … Read moreGarlic and Soy Glazed Green Beans

Potato Planks

Potato Planks

I am a huge fan of grilled potatoes. I have previously made potato coins, but some fell through the grates and I wanted to try something a tad bit different. So, I decided to try potato planks. I cut the whole potato lengthwise into 4-5 slices. Then I season and the rest is history. I also received a new toy in the mail. A Cast Iron Grill Grate from Craycort at http://www.cast-iron-grate.com.  The cast iron grate replaces the flimsy grate that comes with the grill.  It is sectioned so that you can remove parts to stoke the coals and it is cast iron, to give you the best possible sear on your steaks.

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Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback Potato

As a Midwesterner, I love meat and potatoes.  The combination is amazing!  However, sometimes it gets hard to spice up the combo.  I discovered that the Swedes have been spicing up their potatoes for years.  They fan out the potato and bake it making a mixture between a baked potato and a thick cut chip. … Read moreHasselback Potatoes

Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes

Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes

I love potatoes. The fabulous tubers are always on my mind when it comes to side dishes. I was looking through my portfolio of recipes and realized that I have never roasted potatoes. That has to change. So I diced up some potatoes, chopped up some herbs, minced some garlic and made some of the … Read moreGarlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower

I love cauliflower!  So this recipe is right up my alley.  Roasted cauliflower with the dark crispy edges.  Low in fat and if you use low-sodium soy sauce, low in sodium too.  Amazing!  It is the perfect side dish for any meal.  I paired it with a few NY Strip steaks and some baked potatoes. … Read moreRoasted Cauliflower

Haricots Verts

Haricots Verts

There is no better side dish than a nice plate of green beans.  I wanted to fancy things up so this is my version of Haricots Verts, AKA French style green beans.  These are tasty as they are cooked with garlic and shallot.  They also have a nice little bite from from red wine vinegar. … Read moreHaricots Verts

Creamed Spinach for Two

Creamed Spinach

We are closely approaching Valentines Day.  With the state of the economy this year seems like a year for staying in and cooking.  So I have come up with a few recipes for two that will work perfect on your special night.  I am starting with the sides as they are my favorite part of … Read moreCreamed Spinach for Two

Asparagus Frittata

Whenever I have a ton of left overs and I want to clear out the fridge I try to find something new and exciting to try. I love eggs and they go with almost any flavor. You can make them sweet in desserts or savory in a quiche. So I wanted to use eggs and the asparagus, tomatoes, and onions that I had left over from this last weekends barbecue. The only thing that came to mind was a frittata.

Layered with onions, asparagus and tomatoes this was a great dish.
Layered with onions, asparagus and tomatoes this was a great dish.

It is amazing how great of a dish you can make just using simple ingredients.

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Homemade Hashbrowns

Hashbrowns

Last week I got a couple dozen potatoes my from CSA.  I love potatoes and farm fresh ones are absolutely the best.  Since I had so many fresh potatoes lying around, I wanted to make some nice hashbrowns for breakfast.  Hashbrowns are hard to make as fresh potatoes have so much starch in them that the potatoes seem to stick together.  I always used to end up with a sticky mess of potatoes.  However, I have figured out the secret and I have listed all of the steps below to make crispy and amazing hashbrowns.

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Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad

I am a huge fan of grilling.  The only problem is that most sides are not grilled.  This salad solves that problem.  The corn is fire roasted on the grill so you can make it right along with your steak or barbecue dishes.  In addition the grilled corn adds a bit of smokiness to the … Read moreRoasted Corn and Black Bean Salad