Category: Side Dishes

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk

During the season, Bruce and I go less and less to the local grocery stores and focus most of our shopping in our own garden or the great farmer’s markets around us. We live smack in the middle of three such markets, Anderson’s Produce, Carlberg Farmstand and Peterson’s. Anderson’s last week had Brussels sprouts on the stalk for $3.00. I was incapable of walking … Read More Roasted Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk

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Purple Potato Salad

On a whim, I picked up a basket shopping this spring that had potatoes, garlic and horseradish for growing. I tried my hand of growing these guys in fabric grow baskets. I still need to harvest everything but I did harvest the purple potatoes. There were pros and cons. Pro, super easy to harvest with just a dump and grab the potatoes. A couple … Read More Purple Potato Salad

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Fireball Applesauce

In the midst of Western New York apple season, you can find apples strewn on the ground and in the trees. Bees and wasps circle the apples with their last ditch effort to enjoy a taste of sugar before the frost hits. Last week, Bruce and I grabbed a market bag and walked down to my parent’s orchard. We spent our lunch going from … Read More Fireball Applesauce

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Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

During the summer months when the humidity starts creeping up and begins to be oppressive we struggle to find food that is cold to eat. There is that rumor out there that if you eat hot soup on an equally hot day that it will regulate your body temperature. This may very well be true but when you are in the midst of misery … Read More Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

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Zucchini Casserole

Summers, as a kid in the 1980s, were filled with long days in the pool with my cousins. If you listen close enough I think whispers of Marco can still be heard to this day floating over the pool with inevitable Polo replies hanging in the air. One classic game known to a select few would be bucking bronco. Perhaps not a well known … Read More Zucchini Casserole

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Swedish Midsommar Potato Salad Recipe

Since there is some Swedish in our ancestral lines Bruce and I like to make some traditional Swedish dishes throughout the year. This version of the traditional Swedish potato salad is served during Midsommar festivities and uses Nasturtium leaves and flowers as its focal flavors. Nasturtium is just starting to flower during mid June in our gardens and it made sense to finally try … Read More Swedish Midsommar Potato Salad Recipe

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Apple Cranberry Crisp

An apple-cranberry crisp can be a good option for a dessert or even a side dish. If you wait for the apples to be in season you can get some great flavors from the fresh apples in your region.  When we first moved into the house it was winter so we had just missed the apple season and right next to our house was … Read More Apple Cranberry Crisp

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Clementine Spinach Salad

Spice up your Spinach SaladPREP TIME: 15 mins | COOK TIME : 5 mins | TOTAL TIME : 20 mins | SERVINGS : 4 people Salad Ingredients 4 oz Spinach 3/4 cup Bacon 2 Clementine Sectioned 3 oz Pistachio 2 Eggs Hardboiled Dressing Ingredients 2 oz Shallot Browned finely diced1/2 oz Olive Oil1/2 cup Bacon Fat1 oz Swedish Mustard1 Orange Juice1 oz Stevia1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar2 shakes Borsari Orange Ginger Seasoning INSTRUCTIONS Throw two eggs in a pot of water and let water come to a boil. Turn off heat and put lid on your pot to hard boil your egg.Meanwhile, … Read More Clementine Spinach Salad

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Creamy Gratin Onions

Every year my dad’s request is pearl onions for Christmas Eve Dinner. Is other request is that they’re like my grandma’s pearl onions. I’ve tried every recipe you can imagine. Finally, success this year. I think they were just really creamy and tasty not sure how much they actually taste like my grandma lo’s. This will be on the menu from now on though. … Read More Creamy Gratin Onions