Sides

Oyster Stew

Oyster Stew doesn’t have to be difficult. My Mom used to make it with a double boiler, but if you only bring things t a simmer, that isn’t needed. Oyster stew falls in tha devilish category given the amount of whole milk and butter in it. You can make it with skim milk, but that honestly is not near as tasty! ... Read More »

5 Ways to Eat Kale

Kale is considered a superfood, with it being one of the healthiest foods out there. It is low calorie, yet packed full of antioxidants, cancer fighting agents, and necessary nutrients.  Here are five ways to add it to your diet: 1) Make a kale smoothie: Toss kale leaves into your next smoothie recipe. If the kale makes it taste too ... Read More »

Grilled Jalepino Poppers With Bacon

Jalepinos are wonderful things. They are spicy and tasty and, when stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon, and grilled, they are truly decadent! They also are easy to make. These are super simple to make. The recipe below calls for cutting a slice out of each jalepino to stuff them, but you can also cut them in half and ... Read More »

Ice Cream Bread

Ice Cream Bread is one of the easiest tasty dessert items on the planet. You can make it with just two ingredient. Yes, two: Ice cream and self-rising flour. Then it is baked. Yep, you bake the ice cream, and a magical tasty cake-like bread appears!  The most common variations are vanilla and chocolate, but you can do this with ... Read More »

Top 10 Uses for Hummus

Hummus is great as a snack dip, but it also can be used in other ways, often to lighten up or make other recipes and make them more healthy. Here are my top ten uses for hummus. 1) Use it in place of  mayo: Add hummus to your sandwich instead of mayonnaise, or try making your next chicken or egg ... Read More »

Easy Guacamole

I love guacamole, and while you can buy it premade, nothing tastes better than the real deal made from scratch in your kitchen! Fortunately it is also ridiculously easy to make. When buying avacodos, look  for ones that are soft to the touch. Those totally green hard ones are not ripe yet! You want to be able to easily scoop ... Read More »

Healthier Guacamole Deviled Eggs

This recipe is certainly silly. It says to separate the eggs, but it doesn’t say how far to separate them.- Gracie Allen (egg quote). Deviled eggs are always a hit in my house, then one day I tried making an avocado chicken salad recipe that used avocado instead of  mayo, and it was awesome! So I wondered what it would be ... Read More »

Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin Casserole

“Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” – Mark Twain (Cauliflower Quote) This Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin Casserole is easy to make and is a great low carb side dish. Cauliflower is one of the unsung heroes of the vegetable kingdom. This elegant crown has a subtle flavor that makes it easy to pair with other flavors. But it has plenty ... Read More »

Herb Roasted Vegetables

Go vegetable heavy. Reverse the psychology of your plate by making meat the side dish and vegetables the main course. — Bobby Flay (vegetable quote).   Winter vegetables make a vibrant, healthy display in this satisfying side dish. Choose the most brightly colored vegetables you can find for the most nutrients. If you can find specialty items like golden beets or ... Read More »

Roasted Asparagus, Pear, and Walnut Salad

Friends are the bacon bits in the salad bowl of life (salad quote). This asparagus, pear, and walnut salad is healthy, yet full of taste. If you happen to have the grill fired up, grill the asparagus spears and pear slices instead of roasting them for a completely new flavor. A bit of crumbled Roquefort or Gorgonzola adds a great deep ... Read More »