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Mango Pineapple Salsa Salad

by TT June 15th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Our 11 year old daughter and my husband have been working together on a small container garden.  Most of the plants are herbs and have been growing slowly.  However, this weekend our daughter noticed that the cilantro was getting quite big and could be used for cooking.

This prompted the big

Spiced Cauliflower

by TT May 26th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
A while ago we purchased lamb shanks while grocery shopping.  We put them in our freezer, saving them for a special "dinner for two" night.  Last Sunday seemed the perfect day for cooking them.  After defrosting them overnight, we slowly braised them with red wine and an assortment of spices

Roasted Butternut Squash

by TT May 9th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Planning our menu for a mid-week dinner, I had decided on a pork tenderloin and broccoli, but I needed one more dish to complete our meal.  Although some sort of potato or rice dish would work, I was looking for something lighter.  I also wanted to make a dish that

Asparagus Saute

by TT March 19th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Asparagus is a popular vegetable choice in our house.  In fact, it is so popular that it is often requested by the kids.  Well, some of them anyway. . .

So, with it being served as a side dish every few weeks, I have become bored with steamed asparagus.  However, the

Garlic and Thyme Infused Parnsips

by TT February 25th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
We were forecast to have rain and snow this past Sunday.  So, after spending all day Saturday shopping, my husband and I were looking forward to a quiet day on Sunday.  As we had this whole weekend without any of our brood at home, we had only our dining pleasures

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deep-Fried, Beer-Battered Onion Rings

by TK April 18th, 2008| Recipes, Side Dishes
For 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
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