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Banana & Strawberry Flambe

by TT January 30th, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
With a French theme started for Monday night's tapas dinner, we needed to create a dish to compliment the Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatballs.  The meatballs seemed like they could be a pinch on the heavy side, so I wanted to make something lighter, most likely with a fruit or vegetable basis.

To be honest, I couldn't think of a light French vegetable dish off the top of my head.  And as I was in somewhat of a rush to plan this menu with other more pressing items on my schedule, I didn't have time to do research.  However, what did
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Zucchini Tomato Bliss

by TT January 16th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
On Wednesday, I found myself in an unusual situation:  I was going to be alone for dinner.  With my husband away on business and the kids not home until after dinner, it would be a party of one for my evening meal.  Needing to retrieve the kids at 7:00 didn't leave much time for a dinner date with a friend, so it was definitely a single gal sort of night.

With only my dining preferences to be considered, I mulled my options.  I could order take-out food and eat it at home.  I could go to one of my favorite restaurants
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Pureed Caramelized Squash

by TT December 5th, 2008| Recipes, Side Dishes
When creating our Thanksgiving menu, I tried to consider the likes and dislikes of all four diners.  However, for one of our dishes I felt that the preference of three diners outweighed the dislike of the fourth diner.  And with that decision, I added Pureed Caramelized Squash to the menu.

I felt it was even more necessary to make this squash dish, as our friend Vicki does not prepare winter squash often, as she would be the only member of her household to eat it.  Knowing that my husband and I would enjoy butternut squash also, it seemed worth making. 
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Splatterless Bacon

by TT November 5th, 2008| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
All of my children and my husband love bacon.  So, for a lazy weekend breakfast or a summer burger barbecue, there is often the request to have bacon with the meal.

However, the mess from cooking bacon on stovetop (even when using a lid or a splatter shield) often makes me want to suggest a different ingredient.  Though, with four little smiles asking, "Pleeease. . ." I usually cook the bacon and deal with the mess after the meal.

Recently, someone suggested that I cook the bacon in the oven.  I have to admit that I was skeptical.  I figured that the
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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, with
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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!

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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 something that wouldn't receive wrinkled
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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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