Side Dish

Veggie Salad Stuffed Avocados

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My in-laws live in Draper, Utah, a city just north of us.  Every summer they have Draper Days, an event that lasts for about a week in July and is filled with everything from a children’s parade, to a rodeo, to evening concerts in the park, followed by fireworks.  It’s a blast.  This past July we […]

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Grilled Corn with Vegan Avocado Crema

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Remember that Grilled Corn with California Avocado Crema that I told you about at the beginning of the week?  Well I promised you a plant-based (vegan) version and today I’m delivering!  With summer winding down we have got to take advantage of all the wonderful produce, including corn and avocados!  This version replaces the crema […]

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Red Beans & Rice with Avocado

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In addition to pulled pork nachos, another dish I fell in love with while living in Memphis was red beans and rice.  Today I’ve got a quick and easy version for you that would be perfect served as part of your Labor Day eats.  This version includes fresh chunks of California avocado for added pops […]

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This is NOT a Baba Ganoush Recipe

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Baba ganoush is a Middle Eastern dish that consists of roasted eggplant mixed with things like tahini, garlic, and lemon juice (the ingredient list varies somewhat from country to country).  It is one of my favorite things to make.  I always make a big batch when I do, then that’s what I’ll snack on, spreading […]

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Slow Cooker Cheesy Sour Cream & Onion Mashed Potatoes

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Three more days until Thanksgiving! (Or as my kids say, 3 more sleeps!)  Mashed potatoes are a classic Thanksgiving side dish, yet there are more variations than you could probably sit down and count in one week.  I am working on a church Christmas dinner and came up with a recipe for mashed potatoes that […]

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Cheddar Gougères (Savory Cheese Cream Puffs)

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This is one of my absolute favorite times of year.  I love when we start to transition out of summer weather and into fall.  It is still warm, but not crazy hot, and the markets still have summer produce but some of my fall favorites are starting to show up.  PERFECT PICNIC WEATHER!!!!  I’m sorry […]

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Mashed Cauliflower

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I’ve been in a huge mashed potato mood lately.  Seriously people, I have a problem!  I could easily eat them every day.  Instead of loading up on mashed potatoes, I’ve been trying to keep things lighter, so have been making a big pot of mashed cauliflower at least once a week.  I’ve eaten so much […]

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Sesame Green Beans with Bacon and Chestnuts + 6 more Thanksgiving Recipes & A Giveaway!

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15 more days until Thanksgiving Day here in the US!  Are you ready?  If you’re not, never fear!  Between now and the time you sit down to begin your Thanksgiving meal I plan on sharing some ideas and recipes that will help you nail down a meal plan.  It was three years ago (although it […]

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Simple Sweet Potato Oven Fries

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Four ingredients, and one of them is sweet potatoes . . . need I say more?  (Plus, it’s never too early to start planning your celebrations for National Sweet Potato Day next February, right?)  I love sweet potato fries, but don’t love the clean up, nor the added calories, that come with deep frying my […]

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Saffron Farro with Apricots and Pine Nuts for a New Year, New You

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The Mediterranean Diet, consisting of higher levels of olive oil, vegetables, fruit and fish, has been becoming increasingly more popular as more and more scientific studies are published linking a causal relationship between eating a Mediterranean diet and prevention of disease.  Then, in September of 2013, researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School in Britain released […]

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