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Grilled Onions with Tomales “Bay Blue” Cheese

by TT September 23rd, 2013| Recipes, Side Dishes
grilled_onionsSummer may be coming to the end, but that doesn't mean that grilling season ends along with it.  Even here in chilly-ish New Hampshire, we still are grilling dinners outdoors and probably will do so for a month or two longer.  Of course, the regular menu of hamburgers and hot dogs can become quite boring, which makes today's recipe a delightful treat.  Provided to us by Chef Ray Tang at Presidio Social Club in San Francisco, I am excited to give this recipe a try.  Served with a grilled steak, it could make for a yummy Tapas Monday
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Warm Eggplant & Goat Cheese

by TT September 16th, 2013| Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
eggplant_goat_cheeseIt is so nice when the main dish for dinner can be planned based on a purchase at a roadside produce stand.  All summer, I have made several trips weekly to a local stand.  Even though there are two farms in town, I love to stop by this house to purchase our veggies.  I know that everything for sale there was grown locally.  The prices can't be beat; three zucchini for a dollar.  Yes, I will take three, thank you.  Plus, the "farmer" is a kind, older gentleman who seems to thoroughly enjoy his gardening and chatting with stoppers-by.

When
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Creamy Polenta

by TT June 24th, 2013| Recipes, Side Dishes
creamy_polentaPolenta is a popular dish in our house, for most of us.  In fact two of our teens and my husband absolutely adore this side dish.  When I make this dish as part of a dinner, I usually try to keep it healthy, using skim milk and little butter.  However, my husband often reminisces about the fabulous polenta we had at a restaurant several years ago.  Both of us are certain that what gave it such wonderful creaminess and flavor was lots of cream and butter.

For Father's Day, I decided to create a multi-course dinner that would provide my
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Greek Eggplant Wheels

by TT April 8th, 2013| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
eggplantI spent several days with my parents last week.  On my last evening there I decided to cook dinner for the three of us.  Knowing that my mom enjoys lamb and my dad doesn't, I decided to make two types of meatballs: lamb for us and beef for my dad.  With lamb as the entrée, my mind immediately went to Greek-inspired dishes for the rest of the meal.  So, I made tzatziki in which to dip the meatballs and took a shortcut and bought pita bread.  For a vegetable side dish,  I was leaning toward eggplant.

I wanted to keep the
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Green Bean Bake

by TT December 17th, 2012| Recipes, Side Dishes
When we think about dishes special to the holiday season, there tends to be a focus on sweet items.  It seems that almost everyone has a grandmother, uncle, or other relative who makes a delicious cake or special batch of cookies every year.  However, there are other dishes that grace the dining table only at the holidays.  That was true for a member of our team, Jacob P., who fondly remembers Green Bean Bake.  Jacob had the following to say about this veggie side dish, "I like green bean casserole because I have memories of eating it at
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Incredibly Simple Hash Browns

by TT October 22nd, 2012| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
Last week I experienced a cooking failure.  Planning to make a ham dinner, I decided to try my hand at homemade au gratin potatoes.  While the cheese sauce was delicious, the potatoes were a bit on the al dente side.  And potatoes, as opposed to pasta, shouldn't be served al dente.  I placed the baking dish back into the oven for more baking. . .and then a little more baking, but to no avail.  The dish was a flop.  My husband was kind and ate a serving, but I knew the dish was a flop.

The next day I decided
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Ricotta-Topped Zucchini

by TT July 16th, 2012| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
Living next to a farm, we have easy access to fresh produce during local growing seasons.  Even better, our farm very kindly lists what new items are in season on their roadside sign.  Thus, when I travel anywhere outside of our neighborhood, I am aware of what is ripe and ready for my kitchen.  At the end of last week, I noticed that summer squash and zucchini had been added.

Both my husband and I love zucchini and have used it in a multitude of ways:  in place of noodles in lasagna, in soup, stuffed with spinach, in quick bread. 
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Green Bean Fries

by TT April 23rd, 2012| Appetizers, Side Dishes
I will start with a disclaimer.  Do not make this recipe as a way of replacing french fries for people who love them.  Although they are salty and have a similar shape, no fan of the french fry will think of these as an equivalent substitute.  That being said, these green bean fries will be enjoyed when presented as a secondary salty snack or side dish.

Personally, I am not a fan of most french fries.  They tend to be heavy in grease or oil and are unappetizing to me.  So, for me, switching to green beans is an easy
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Brussel Sprouts & Sausage

by TT January 5th, 2012| Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
It may be the first week of January, but I still have recipes from our Christmas Eve feast to share.  As I was considering what recipe to share next, I decided that since I started with dessert I should continue to work backward through the meal.  Thus, the next dish that was mine to prepare was the primo, Brussel Sprouts & Sausage.

For this recipe, I wanted the brussel sprouts to be the star.  Doing so would help to keep the dish lighter.  For those who like heartier dishes with more of meat focus, the amount of sausage definitely can
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Thanksgiving Veggies

by TT November 16th, 2011| Recipes, Side Dishes
Every family has their traditional side dishes.  As a child, my mom always made the classic green bake, complete with cream of mushroom soup and french fried onions.  It was guaranteed that you would find a baking dish of it somewhere amongst all the other dinner items.

While there is nothing wrong with continuing traditions, it also is nice to infuse some creativity into the meal.  To help with this I am sharing two different vegetable dishes from talented chefs.  Both include classic Thanksgiving ingredients, winter squash and pumpkins, and should receive rave reviews.  Why not give one a try?

Pumpkin
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Thanksgiving Stuffing- Part 2

by TT November 11th, 2011| Recipes, Side Dishes
Earlier this week, I shared two different stuffing recipes: one that has a base of focaccia and one with a base of wild rice.  Unique and flavored with their own set of ingredients, they are sure to please.  Today, I have two more stuffing recipes, but these have a common theme:  cornbread.  However, neither of these recipes are plain old cornbread stuffings.  One recipe has an assortment of wild mushrooms and hazelnuts, while the other stuffing has foie gras, morels, and figs.

With these four fabulous stuffing recipes from which to choose, it makes planning the Thanksgiving menu a
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Sweet Potato Latkes

by TT November 9th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
Spending four days last week without power was an interesting experience, but it wasn't as bad as it could have been.  Although we didn't have power or hot water, we had access to many conveniences.  We were able to cook on our stovetop, as we have a gas stove.  We were able to recharge our laptops for brief periods, as we purchased a car-based charger.  We had heat, as we had turned our fireplace on before the power went out.  However, we were without hot water, and we only had a fully lit house during daylight hours.

While I didn't enjoy
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