appetizers & snacks, low-cost, sides, vegetarian

Corn & Black Bean Salad

This is a quick, easy, and simple salad that can be used in so many different ways. It's an inexpensive and quick dish to bring to a potluck. It can be served as an appetizer or side, eaten alone or with tortilla chips, or used in tacos or burrito bowls. The serving size of 10… Continue reading Corn & Black Bean Salad

make ahead / reheat, sides, vegetarian

Garlic & Herb Whipped Potatoes

I served these under braised short ribs on Christmas. I went heavier on the red wine and lighter on the beef stock than what I have previously done for braised short ribs, so I will have to post that recipe soon, too. I also made these on New Year's Day using a different flavor of… Continue reading Garlic & Herb Whipped Potatoes

appetizers & snacks, lunch box, sauces & seasonings, sides, vegetarian

Guacamole

I had a potluck with my horseback riding club on Friday. I made brownies to bring, but my bestie was leaving late from work and wasn't going to have something to bring... so I made guacamole for her to bring! I used my stand mixer for this because I don't own a molcajete anymore. The avocados… Continue reading Guacamole

sides

Sausage & Apple Stuffing

I didn't host Thanksgiving this year, which is one of my favorite things. This was the first year in a really long time I haven't hosted, but I'm glad I was still able to make some contributions to dinner. (Thanks Annie & Dave for having me - I had a great time!) I brought stuffing… Continue reading Sausage & Apple Stuffing

sides, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Sauteed Rustic Herb Green Beans

This is one of the sides I made the other night to go with the steak. This uses one of the seasoning blends from Tastefully Simple*. Sometimes people ask why I buy seasoning blends like that when I like cooking from scratch so much. Well, there are times when I just don't want to have… Continue reading Sauteed Rustic Herb Green Beans

lunch box, sides, vegetarian

Spiralized German Cucumber Salad

I got a spiralizer this weekend, so I'm trying to make different things with it. Spiralized cucumbers were a success, so I'll definitely be making more cucumber salads that way. Cucumber salad is one of my favorite sides/snacks. I'm actually eating this one right now while I write this post. It's dilly and tangy -… Continue reading Spiralized German Cucumber Salad

lunch box, sides, vegetarian

Italian Pasta Salad

Ingredients  1 box tricolor rotini 2 cups chopped pepperoni 8oz package mozzarella pearls ⅔ cup shaved parmesan ½ pint grape tomatoes, cut into quarters 4-6 pepperocinis, seeds removed and roughly chopped 1 orange bell pepper, diced ½ cup white vinegar 2 tbsp white wine ¼ cup mayonnaise ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 packets… Continue reading Italian Pasta Salad

disaster, sauces & seasonings, sides, vegetarian

Southwestern Corn

Ok, so this was a bit of a disaster when I first made it, but I adjusted the recipe. It was way too spicy the first time - too much cayenne. It had a little kick to it when I first tasted it, which was fine. But then I let the sauce sit in the… Continue reading Southwestern Corn

appetizers & snacks, sides, vegetarian

Dilly Pasta Salad

I went with my horseback riding club to tailgate at the Winterthur point-to -point races last week. This pasta salad was one of the things I brought to share. It was chilly and rained off and on, but we still had a great time. Ingredients 1 box of tricolor farfalle pasta Large pack of grape tomatoes… Continue reading Dilly Pasta Salad

sides

Mashed Potato Casserole

Someone gave me a recipe for a twice baked potato casserole. I liked the concept of a twice baked potato casserole because you don't have to fool with re-stuffing the potato skins. I was planning to make that, but I didn't have the right potatoes. Plus, that recipe didn't have cream cheese, and I decided… Continue reading Mashed Potato Casserole