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Caramelized Onions

by TT October 29th, 2008| Recipes, Side Dishes
As a child, I would have picked onions out of many dishes.  I wouldn't have wanted them on a salad, in a sandwich, probably not in a soup either.  However, with age I developed a more adventurous palate.  In fact, I still am opening my mind to new foods, but that is a whole different post.

As I developed an appreciation for onions, I began to try them in different forms for a variety of dishes.  I would saute some diced onion and add it to an omelet.  Thinly sliced red onion would top a tossed salad.  Depending on whether I
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Two-Cheese Baked Grits

by TT September 4th, 2008| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
For many people a weekend morning without plans is the perfect occasion for sleeping late.  For me, it is the perfect time for a big, homemade breakfast.  At our house, the kids often request my cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip scones, pancakes, or waffles.  However, if the kids aren't home in the morning, it is the perfect time to try a less sugar- or chocolate-based breakfast.

With no kids home on this past Saturday, I decided to try my hand at baked grits.  Having been raised primarily in New England, grits are not native to my cooking repertoire.  However,
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Deep-Fried, Beer-Battered Onion Rings

by TK April 18th, 2008| Recipes, Side Dishes
Onion Rings - Beer Battered and TastyFor my most recent birthday, 2 of my children got me a present I always wanted - a good countertop deep fryer. With the help of my soon-to-be-wife they made the selection of an Emeril LaGasse/T-fal Deep Fryer.

One of the first items that I decided to make was Beer Battered Onion Rings. I have to admit that I am a sucker for anything deep fried, and my kids are no different. So, although they are not the biggest fans of onions, the prospects of some grilled burgers and deep-fried anything sounded good to them!

Deep-Fried, Beer-Battered Onion
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Wilted Spinach

by TT February 8th, 2008| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
shop at home. we deliver. safeway.comThursday was a busy afternoon in our house. With both of the adults having appointments in the afternoon, we knew that dinner would need to be an easy to prepare meal. Trying to eat healthier meals, we didn't want to go the fast food route.

Having 2 of the 4 kids with us and 2 vehicles, I opted to drive solo and go to the grocery store. I had decided on the meat, a lean cut of beef. To accompany this, I wanted veggies that would add color to the plates. I also wanted to offer
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Brussel Sprouts with Lemon

by TT December 21st, 2007| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
shop at home. we deliver. safeway.comBrussel sprouts.  Just the name alone can make people say, "No, thank you," to a dinner invitation.  Probably one of the least liked vegies for kids, it is a tasty side dish for many meals.  I learned just how unpopular this vegetable is at the grocery store the other day.  The clerk at the checkout asked how I was.  I stated that I was delightful.  He laughed and said he didn't know anyone who was both delightful and bought brussel sprouts.  It was my laugh for the day.

The first time this veggie was offered to the kids, they thought they
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