Archive for Side Dishes

Smoked Salmon Tarts – They’ll Be SO Impressed…

Okay, this is the greatest.  Not just because it tastes amazing, but because it’s a PUN!  Little salmon bites with cucumber, cream cheese, dill and lemon zest – they’re Smoked Salmon TARTS, get it?  They’re like little tarts, AND they’re tart!  (Please tell me you get it.)  Oh I slay myself…

those little sluts...

those little sluts...

Yes, this one is awesome and easy and tasty AND impressive, because look how pretty they are!  And no baking, no frying, no boiling – just some yummy room temperature fun.  I threw a spontaneous appetizer party tonight for some good friends – just like Ina Garten always does on Barefoot Contessa.  I totally Ina’d tonight, dudes!  I made the Greek Nachos, some special Bad-Ass Bruschetta, which I’ll tell you about soon, and these Smoked Salmon Tarts.  My friends brought wine, and a fabulous feasting time was had by all!  We even forgot to have DINNER afterwards because we were so well-appetized.  So, grab your taste buds (and your close buds – oh I slay myself) and come with me… Read the rest of this entry »

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Shallot We Broccoli? Sweet Sautéed Shallots and Broccoli

Broccoli.  Broccoli broccoli broccoli.  It’s healthy.  And it’s boring.  There are few ways to disguise it.  BUT I think I may have just the thing: SHALLOTS!  Because shallots are that magic vegetable sent from heaven that taste so good, you can’t believe your mouth.  So, with this in mind, witness: Sweet Sautéed Shallots and Broccoli!

Oooh, look at de sweeeeet wittle shallots shining through!

Oooh, look at de sweeeeet wittle shallots shining through!

Yes, this sweet, oniony flavor can be downright addicting.  Shallots go well with savory dishes and with tart fruit-infused dishes as well.  (Like an awesome wild rice salad my cousin Lisa makes – maybe she’ll grace us with her recipe someday.)  So it’s the perfect flavor to mix with blandy old broccoli.  And this is SO easy!  Come with me…

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Shout Out to Brussels Sprouts!

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: “Eeew, gross.  Brussels Sprouts.  How can you even suggest–?”  Well pipe down, pipe down, people.  Actually, they are like wittle teensy cabbages and ACTUALLY they are awesome.  So as a tasty and STUPIDLY EASY punk rock side dish, I now present to you: Cabernet-Steamed Savory Brussels Sprouts!

Green!  Purple!  Purple!  Green!  Ahh...

Green! Purple! Purple! Green! Ahh...

Yeah, I know, who’d a’thunk it, right?  Brussels Sprouts!  I swear I had never eaten one in my life until recently, when my good pal, and occasional Farmer’s Market companion, Brooke saw them gleaming on a table and went “Ooohh” and “Aaaah” and cooed about how great they are.  I was like, “Whaa???  Who likes Brussels Sprouts?  Who can even SPELL “Brussels Sprouts”?” But Brooke was adamant.  So I tried them a few nights later at a restaurant and realized they ain’t so bad.  In fact, they might even be GOOD, if made differently than how this particular restaurant had made them(!).  Because this is what they look like in the “raw”:


And how great is THAT?  Little peppy bright green and yellow happy pods – that’s what they are, I tell you!  So take a deep breath, open your mind, and here we go… Read the rest of this entry »

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Snappy Sweet n’ Salty Spring Salad!

Yeesss, Spring is upon us people, and nowhere is that more evident than at my local Farmer’s Market, where sugar snap peas were on the tables this week.  So, in honor of the ‘snaps, I bring you: Snappy Sweet n’ Salty Spring Salad!

I'm not sure what little animal I was trying to make on top there.  Maybe a fish?  Caterpillar?  Maybe just a feathered earring.

I'm not sure what little animal I was trying to make on top there. Maybe a fish? Caterpillar? Maybe just a feathered earring like your Anthropology professor used to wear. Either way, not very appetizing.

I am a HUGE sugar snap pea fan, and it’s one of the only vegetables that remains stubbornly seasonal.  Yeah you can get strawberries anytime of the year, and we pretend that leeks and potatoes are a winter thing, but we all know they’re just hangin’ happily in the produce section all 365 days.  But Sugar Snaps?  Oh no, people.  They are SPECIAL.  They do not let us in to their snappy, crispy, sweet little world unless they feel like it.  (And unless it’s Spring.)  So let’s celebrate the ‘snaps with this crunchy, yummy little salad!  I combined the crisp of veggies with the crunch of walnuts and pepito seeds, and the sweet of the ‘snaps with the smoke of the nuts and the salt of the… well, of the salt.  Come with me… Read the rest of this entry »

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Grilled Asparagus with Shaved Parmesan

Need a super-easy side dish to make your main course that much more “dishy?”  Witness Grilled Asparagus with Shaved Melted Parmesan!

Dishy dishy!

Dishy dishy!

Oh people.  Oh yes.  Oh you are SO glad you are about to know about this.   I first saw my idol, Ina Garten, do a version of this on her Barefoot Contessa show, but then she put scrambled eggs on top which I thought was weird, so never mind that right now.  This side dish has everything: it’s healthy, it’s easy, it’s amazingly yummy, it makes your pee smell bad – what else could you ask for?  (Yeah, I said it.  I went and ruined it like that.  Well, you’re just going to have to be strong for me.  Believe me, as soon as you taste this heaven-sent side dish, you’ll forget all about the pee reference anyway…)  (Ooops.)  (Let’s move on.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Sage Cheddar and Red Pepper Cornbread

Ahhh, yes.  Another way to use that Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix to impress your punky friends and WOW your tastebuds.  Witness: Sage Cheddar and Red Pepper Cornbread!

Little sprinkles of red, how we love ye...

Little sprinkles of red, how we love ye...

Awww, yeah!  The Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix strikes again!  But this time, instead of a sweet tooth, we dive into the savory category with this easy, quick sage cheddar and red pepper cornbread recipe.  And total cost?  About $5 I’d say.  Jiffy Mix is a cool $.69 in the grocery store, cheese was $5 from the Farmer’s Market and I used about half of it, red pepper was like $1.28 and I used half of that, one egg, and some milk and butter.  I mean, GET ‘CHER CHILI ON, PEOPLE!  Also great as a happy hour snack with a coupla margaritas, eh?  I’m just sayin’… Read the rest of this entry »

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