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”

Mushroom Dill Couscous

Some times I like to make the side dish the start of the show. I do this by making a relatively simple protein, so that I can focus more on developing flavor in the side dish. This time around I came up with this Mushroom Dill Couscous – it has so much flavor from aContinue reading “Mushroom Dill Couscous”

Mexican Corn Casserole

Not every #tacotuesday or burrito night needs rice and beans on the side. Don’t get me wrong – I love me some rice and beans. But sometimes you need variety, especially if you love making Mexican food at home as much as we do. Mexican Corn Casserole is a perfect stand in. You get theContinue reading “Mexican Corn Casserole”

Quick Asparagus Fries

Need a quick side dish for you family holiday meal? This is so easy to make but so tasty. Quick Asparagus Fries have just enough crunch to give you the feel of fries but you are really eating your veggies. This would make a beautiful and different addition to your holiday table too. You canContinue reading “Quick Asparagus Fries”

Balsamic Risotto

Risotto is a wonderful side dish, when you want to change things up some. It’s really not that hard to make, but it is totally worth the extra attention to get a creamy silky sauce on the Arborio rice. This simple risotto recipe goes well with so many different meals. Balsamic Risotto has a boldContinue reading “Balsamic Risotto”

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