Category Archive: Side dishes

Don’t forget the accompaniments.

Sep 01

Healthier macaroni and cheese

It's back-to-school time for all you parents out there. Well, those of you with school-age children. I'm not quite there yet. Anyhoo, I'm guessing back-to-school means schedules get crazier and bedtimes get earlier. It's probably tough trying to get a healthy, filling meal on the table for dinner. Something that your kids will actually eat.

Apr 11

Asparagus with green-herb hollandaise sauce

Have you ever heard that hollandaise sauce is hard to make?

Feb 28

Spinach gratin

So, I got the new Williams-Sonoma catalog in the mail a few days back and was pretty excited to see a big, juicy steak on the cover. Because I love steak! And, more generally, I love steakhouses. Which is probably because my taste in food is pretty basic, and steakhouses generally serve pretty basic fare …

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Nov 23

Pumpkin gnocchi with sage brown butter

Pumpkin gnocchi with sage brown butter!

Every now and then, it’ll occur to me that I should try to cook something that isn’t breakfast or dessert. Meals that include things like meat and vegetables really aren’t my forte. So in the past, my efforts at dinner-ish food have had mixed results. But that doesn’t stop me from trying!

Nov 11

Cornbread and sausage stuffing

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What’s your take on stuffing?

Aug 17

Roasted potatoes, asparagus and haricot verts with Parmesan cheese

Roasted potatoes, asparagus and haricot verts!

Here’s something I never thought I’d say about vegetables: They’re delicious! Had I known that all you have to do to make vegetables tasty is pour olive oil, salt, pepper and cheese over them, I would have … well … cooked more vegetables.

Aug 09

Grilled corn with hoisin-orange butter

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Sweet, fresh corn always reminds me of August. That’s when the first ears of corn seem to be ready to be picked from the garden (not that I have any planted in my own garden…but I can pretend).

Aug 06

Tomato and goat cheese salad with basil vinaigrette

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This salad could probably be called “caprese with a twist.”

Jul 28

Watermelon gazpacho with feta cheese

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Have you all heard about Savor the Central Coast? It’s a wine and food event scheduled to take place in San Luis Obispo County from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3.

Jul 17

Mango salad

Mango salad with mixed greens!

So, remember how I said I had some mangoes a while back? That fruit salsa wasn’t the only thing I made. I also made this lovely mango salad. It’s colorful and summery and fresh. I didn’t like it very much. But I’m telling you all about it because I’m pretty sure those of you who …

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