Category Archives: Side Dishes

Fun with Acorn Squash

The two Acorn Squash I bought at a farm stand had been staring at me from the kitchen counter for over a week. Quite honestly it was beginning to freak me out, so decided it was time to do something with those bad boys. The easy way out would have been the classic baked Acorn […]

Sweet & Sour Cucumber Noodles

Shhh, don’t mention this to my wife, but I bought a mandoline the other day.  No, not the musical instrument – that is a mandolin – but the multi-purpose kitchen tool that cuts, slices, grates and juliennes foods.   Like a lot of kitchens we have too many gadgets and not enough space to put them […]

Heirloom Tomato Torte

Have to admit that when I look at other food blogs I am often jealous of the beautiful photography I see there.  While my food staging and picture taking skills have improved over the months, I am still a novice, and not nearly as good at this as I’d like to be. Case in point […]

Pomegranate Guacamole

“Hey, this looks very Christmassy.” That was my mother-in-law’s assessment of the Pomegranate Guacamole I made as an appetizer for my wife’s birthday dinner. Oh yea, also “This is very tasty.” She was right on both accounts. I saw this recipe on the Just a Taste food blog and the color is what certainly caught […]

Quinoa and Blueberry Salad

Wait, another recipe with quinoa? Seems like I am in a rut, but how can you not love the nutty taste of quinoa mixed with blueberries. Even better this recipe adds pistachios to the mix, resulting in an amazing, palate pleasing dish. Frequent readers know I have been on a quinoa kick lately. While I […]

Tomatoes with Quinoa, Corn & Chiles

I do declare* that quinoa is my favorite grain.  Sure, we eat rice or barley or farro also, but the nutty crunchy taste of quinoa just works for me.  My latest foray into using it was with a nice recipe I found that took fresh tomatoes (plentiful this time of year) and stuffed then with […]

Mango and Tomato Salad

Mangos have been plentiful (and cheap) at the grocery store lately, so I have been buying them in droves.  While we will sometimes just cut them up to snack on, more often I have been incorporating them into salads.  I have tried a few different variations and this mango and baby tomato salad was my […]