Creamiest Creamed Corn

I always like to say that side dishes need a spotlight sometimes too. We almost always make them, but they can often seem like an afterthought. But if you think of a meal, in terms of a cohesive creation, your side dish can be just as important as your main dish. And this recipe forContinue reading “Creamiest Creamed Corn”

Cheddar Mashed Taters

Sometimes the simplest dishes can be the star of the meal. Level up your classic mashed potatoes with a big boost of cheddar. These Cheddar Mashed Taters are going to be making it on to your regular menu rotation for sure. The decadence of these potatoes make them great for a weeknight meal or asContinue reading “Cheddar Mashed Taters”

Simple Egg Fried Rice

If you need a quick and easy side dish or lunch idea – you have come to the right recipe. Now before I start getting some upset people – this is NOT a traditional fried rice – that’s why it’s called Simple Egg Fried Rice. I realize that there are lots of fried rice recipesContinue reading “Simple Egg Fried Rice”

Lemon Pine Nut Couscous

I have said it many times over and I will say it again – don’t forget the side dishes! While it is called a “Main Dish” for a reason – some times a steak is just a steak and a grilled chicken breast is just chicken. And this means the side dish has to stepContinue reading “Lemon Pine Nut Couscous”

Loaded Potato Salad

Bacon…cheese….potatoes…. do I have your attention yet? As I have mentioned before on this blog, summertime means lots of cold prep salads. I like to take classic flavors and turn them into something. Who doesn’t love the classic Loaded Baked Potato? A soft potato piled high with bacon, cheese, butter, green onions, and chives. MyContinue reading “Loaded Potato Salad”

Chili Cheese Frito Salad

Sometimes you just gotta have a little extra fun with your meals. Our whole family is mildly addicted to Chili Cheese Fritos. When I buy a variety pack of chip bags – they are always the first to go. So I wanted to figure out a way to use it in a meal without justContinue reading “Chili Cheese Frito Salad”

Pickle Potato Salad

Another day dreaming of summer means another potato salad! This one might just be the best ever – at least if you ask my kids, who have already asked for it again three times. Which is especially funny because they all say they don’t like pickles! Now I know pickles are one of those foodsContinue reading “Pickle Potato Salad”

Baked Mac & Cheese

Classic comfort food makes my heart sing. And it really doesn’t get more quintessentially classic comfort food than Baked Mac & Cheese. The silky cheese sauce on the pasta topped with a crunchy crispy top just brings you right home. It is one of those hearty dishes that make a great side with some BBQContinue reading “Baked Mac & Cheese”

Garlic Rice Pilaf

I always say rice pilaf is what you make when you can’t decide if you want rice or pasta because it’s technically both! Some make it with orzo but I like the pasta to be closer in size to the rice. So I use Fideo – which really is just thin spaghetti cut into halfContinue reading “Garlic Rice Pilaf”

Hawaiian-Style Mac Salad

One thing you are sure to find on every Hawaiian food truck and Hawaiian menu is Mac Salad. It is a staple in the island cuisine and so incredibly easy to make. What I love most is that almost every where you go it will be very close to the same, as it is aContinue reading “Hawaiian-Style Mac Salad”

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