Category: Sides

RED PEPPER COULIS

“There is something so basic in kindness.” I love this sauce for a number of reasons.  First, it is so super easy that you can make it last minute and impress all sorts of people who are dining in your home.  Second, it’s a perfect sauce for seafood.  And third (where would we be without…

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PICKLED CARROTS

“I was raised on platitudes, but my parents still expected me to eat my vegetables.” Sometimes I buy certain foods when I’m in a “getting healthy” mood.  I oftentimes do this with carrots.  I like the idea of carrots.  I just don’t sustain a hankering for carrots for more than 24 hours. Oftentimes I find…

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HERBED BUTTER

“With enough butter, anything is good.”  Julia Child Did you see this coming?  Pasta sauce in butter.  Throw in some Italian herbs or Herbes de Provence and you’ve got a burst of flavor for sautéed veggies.  I especially like this on sautéed zucchini.  News flash – We’re now approaching zucchini season where ardent gardeners are…

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ITALIAN POTATOES

“Don’t know karate but I do know crazy and I’m not afraid to use it.” As some of you know I’m on a quest to find different ways to use pasta sauce, as I’ve just made a double batch.  My first inclination was to cook up some spaghetti that’s been haunting my cupboard for some…

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SPANISH RICE PLUS

“The standard of simple eating is one bowl of rice with one side dish.” Well, if simple eating includes rice why not make it simply delicious rice.  Here’s my first offering of things to make with pasta sauce, besides pasta sauce over pasta. INGREDIENTS: I cup of rice 1 cup water 1 cup pasta sauce…

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BASIC PASTA SAUCE

“England had 42 religions and only 2 sauces.”  Voltaire I wanted to title this “The Most Amazing Pasta Sauce in the World” but that might lead to a bit of discussion by people who feel the need to defend their mother’s pasta sauce or Ragu.  Is it possible that we believe that the best tasting…

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JAPANESE SWEET POTATO

“Good things come from unexpected places.” On a recent trip to the market I had sweet potatoes on my shopping list.  It was then that I came across a Japanese sweet potato.  I like to try the untried, which generally is a delightful discovery except for that one time when I was young and naive…

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SALAD THREESOME

“Skip the diet.  Just eat healthy.” Love the idea of eating healthy.  Also love the idea of eating food that I enjoy.  What else? Love the idea of keeping my fridge in order and not overrun with leftovers.  Solution?  Combining. After a recent sausage and salad lunch I had a number of foods hanging around…

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NUTLESS PESTO

“Go on a no nut diet.  Avoid people who drive you nuts.”  Karen Salmansahn I came across this recipe while looking for something to do with the extra basil on hand from a “Salad and Sausage” party I threw for a friend.  OK.  There were only three of us there, which made the party even…

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AVOCADOS 101

“Far too many people are looking for the right person instead of trying to be the right person.”  Gloria Steinem Someone recently gave me a great way to save money on avocados.  First, buy them when they’re on sale.  Have you seen the prices on those little darlings lately?  Second, freeze them. I didn’t quite…

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