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”

Cucumber & Quinoa Salad

With summertime in full swing, backyard eating is all we do most nights! This means a lot of salads and cold sides for our grilled and smoked meats. We make lots of potato, pasta and green salads. But every so often I try to make something a little outside our wheelhouse. Maybe pick a differentContinue reading “Cucumber & Quinoa 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”

Jalapeño Dill Potato Salad

It’s almost summertime – which means the backyard dinner times are in full effect at the Forrest Casa. Potato salad is a serious staple for me and my family. But you know I don’t make the same thing over and over. My latest concoction has a little bit of a kick and it’s so veryContinue reading “Jalapeño Dill Potato Salad”

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”

Bourbon Butter Pasta

Before you say anything – yes I realize this just looks like a bowl of cooked pasta. But I promise you that the amount of flavor in the bourbon butter sauce is out of this world. Bourbon Butter Pasta is a simple but full of flavor side dish or stand alone meal. It really onlyContinue reading “Bourbon Butter Pasta”

Crispy Zucchini Fries

Sometimes I just like to try something new for a side dish. I have been trying to get more veggies into our meals, so I wanted to make something with zucchini. Since I was making a burger, I figured, why not make zucchini fries? These Crispy Zucchini Fries are easy to make and so veryContinue reading “Crispy Zucchini Fries”

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