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Roasted Green Beans

December 16, 2010
Roasted Green Beans

It can be tough to find a healthy side at the many holiday dinners that we attend. Over the last couple of years, I’ve made it a sort of tradition to show up with the one healthy side that almost no one else wants to eat. There is always broccoli… baked in a vat of [...]

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Summery Sides: Dad’s Baked Beans

July 1, 2010
Baked Beans

There are just some things that I prefer to leave for other people to cook. Like my grandma’s “Fuzzy Fingers” and my dad’s Baked Beans. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized my dad’s beans were something special. Sure, as far as my family is concerned they’re the best thing about Thanksgiving, [...]

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Peas with Pancetta and Parmesan

April 24, 2010
Peas with Pancetta and Parmesan

How do you get a pea hater to give the little green beans another shot? Add bacon. Italian bacon. And a little cheese never hurts, either. Because guacamole shouldn’t be the only green food that a person eats.

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Sweet Potato Wedges with Bacon Vinaigrette

May 6, 2009
Sweet Potato Wedges with Bacon Vinaigrette

This is my lucky day! I thought, as I stared at the pile of sweet potato fries on my husband’s plate. We were sitting at Kerbey Lane Cafe, for the third time in three days. When we drive into Austin, we don’t set the Garmin for the hotel – we set the Garmin to take [...]

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Roasted Chestnut and Sausage Dressing

December 30, 2008
Roasted Chestnut and Sausage Dressing

They say you’re not supposed to try new recipes out at the holidays because it’s stressful and you don’t want to be faced with a houseful of disappointed guests. Because cooking a familiar meal for 13 isn’t stressful enough already? Whatev. “They” are crazy – the holidays are the perfect time to try out new [...]

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Lemony Asparagus Salad with Goat Cheese

April 12, 2008
Chopped Asparagus

But first, a riddle: Q: What’s green and finally cheaper than a gallon of gas? A: A pound of asparagus! Asparagus is one of my favorite green things, next to avocados and money. I’ll gladly take a big helping of asparagus piping-hot from the oven, roasted with garlic and red-pepper infused oil or baked in [...]

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Dad’s Baked Beans

December 29, 2007
Baked Beans

There are just some things that I prefer to leave for other people to cook. Like my grandma’s “Fuzzy Fingers” and my dad’s Baked Beans. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized my dad’s beans were something special. Sure, as far as my family is concerned they’re the best thing about Thanksgiving, [...]

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All-Out Casserole Assault

November 21, 2007
Oven-Roasted Broccoli

Casseroles were never a staple in our dinner rotation growing up – the only time we’d see them were at church potlucks and the two big holidays. There wasn’t a soul in our house that would touch broccoli if it wasn’t drowning in ranch dressing. But turn it into a casserole with cheese and rice? [...]

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