Archive for the ‘Sides and Such’ Category

Broccoli Casserole

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Hello everyone! I hope you have had a wonderful beginning to 2013. Herb and I celebrated the New Year by taking a week long trip to Maine! We got to explore Portland and the surrounding areas, as well as go skiing and snowmobiling!

Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Dip

Chocolate Chip Dip

Sausage Balls with Cream Cheese

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I love sausage. And I love…er, sausage balls. This year, the trend on Pinterest seemed to be adding cream cheese to the typical sausage ball recipe. By typical recipe, I mean with three simple ingredients: sausage, Bisquick, and shredded cheese. I thought I would try to add cream cheese to my usual recipe this year for my Sunday School Christmas party.

Sister’s Sweet Potato Casserole

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Everyone has his/her favorite Thanksgiving dish, and while my dad’s deep-fried, cajun-seasoned turkey is heavenly, I do love a good sweet potato casserole.  For this Thanksgiving, I switched up my usual sweet potato casserole and tried a version found in Southern Living.  Usually, I don’t like anything crunchy on my casserole (certainly no nuts; I HATE NUTS!), but this casserole has both marshmallows and a brown sugar-cornflake mixture.

Recipe Ingredients (for sweet potato mixture):

  • about 5 lbs of sweet potatoes

Homemade Peanut Butter Hummus

Homemade Peanut Butter Hummus

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I discovered a couple years ago that I really like hummus.  I have always wanted to make it at home once I realized it was made with just a few simple ingredients.  The original recipe called for one ingredient we didn’t have in our pantry, tahini.  After searching a bit on the internet I learned that a good alternative is peanut butter.

Homemade Peanut Butter Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 clove garlic

Zesty Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

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On Tuesday, I posted the recipe for blackened catfish.  For the first time that same night, I experimented with quinoa and made a zesty quinoa and black bean salad.  I discovered that quinoa is delightful!  It doesn’t require the cooking time that rice does, and it is packed with protein!

Creamed Spinach

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I have never made creamed spinach before, and was honestly a little hesitant to try it for some reason. However, I really wanted some creamed spinach to go with the Parmesan Pork Chops I was making (recipe coming soon!), so I decided to try some!
The best thing about this was that the leftovers made a great dip to eat with tortilla chips!

Creamed Spinach

Adapted from Sunny Anderson

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Amazing Pumpkin Pancakes

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Fall is in the air! This is without a doubt my favorite time of year. Beautiful Autumn colors, cooler temperatures, scarves and sweaters, boots, and most importantly, PUMPKINS!

Herb and I love to make different pumpkin goodies throughout the fall months. We have tried everything from pumpkin muffins to pumpkin chili!

Cinnamon Baked Apple Slices

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Oh, Autumn. Time for that winning apple cinnamon combination!
This is the first time I’ve ever attempted baked apples, and I’m pretty satisfied! Herb especially liked that this recipe for baked apples includes raisins.

Cinnamon Baked Apple Slices

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2-3 apples (a tart variety is preferable. We used Granny Smith’s)

Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

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This recipe is definitely a crowd-pleaser!
 
It has quickly become a family favorite of ours, and whenever we share it with friends, it always gets great reviews! So when some of our friends had a cookout recently, we knew exactly what side dish to bring.  When I told everyone that I was bringing cheesy tater tot casserole, our host replied, “You had me at tater!” The best part is that this recipe is quick and easy and only has five ingredients in it!

 

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