Side Dishes

Corn Cilantro Lime Butter

Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Lime Butter

Corn on the cob is one of our favorite summertime dishes. I could make (and have) an entire meal of it alone. Thoughts of the kernels dripping with butter and salt brings so many fond memories of summer meals with family and friends. So why change such a simple and perfectly wonderful way of eating […]
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fresh Mango Salsa

Fresh Mango Serrano Chile Salsa

Nothing takes bland to bold more quickly than a fresh salsa. It can dress up anything from a humble plain tortilla chip, add a huge dose of flavor to a simple garden salad, or bring grilled foods to a whole new level. Best yet, salsas can pull this off while adding few calories and little, […]
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Hungarian Nokedli Egg Noodles

Hungarian Egg Noodle Dumplings – Nokedli (Spaetzle)

Nokedli are fluffy Hungarian egg noodle dumplings that are commonly used when making one of the country’s favorite dishes, Chicken Paprikash. The dumplings are also often used in German Cuisine where they are known as “spaetzle“ or “SpƤtzle.” The primitive shape of these homemade Hungarian dumplings give an idea of how long they have been […]
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spinach pkhali

Georgian Spinach Cilantro and Walnut Salad – Ispanakhis Pkhali

This Georgian Spinach Salad (Ispanakhis Pkhali) absolutely saved our waistlines during our time in Tbilisi, Georgia. Here there is a bakery and a cheese shop on almost every corner, and when putting them together, some of the best cheese bread (called Khachapuri) that we’ve even eaten. Georgian’s are also very fond of plump pasta dumplings […]
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fruit and nut salad with feta cheese

Salad with Fruit, Walnuts and Feta Cheese

I first made this salad when trying to figure out what to do with a fig flavored balsamic vinegar that I received as a gift. Since then it has become a household favorite, even when I only have regular balsamic on hand. The fresh bright flavors make a wonderfully refreshing appetizer or light meal, especially on hot […]
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twice-baked-potato

Twice-Baked Potatoes with Goat Cheese

Whenever I make twice-baked potatoes, they are typically everyone’s favorite item on the days menu. Mine included! I love potatoes in general, but mostly as a vehicle for whatever I put on them. Whether it’s dipping french fries in aioli sauce or topping a potato with sour cream, the meager spud with its creamy texture […]
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on November 20, 2016
Apple Harvest Salad with Edam Cheese, Green Apple, Caramelized Carrots and Red Bell Pepper and Fresh Grated Horseradish

Harvest Salad with Fresh Horseradish

This warm harvest salad recipe was inspired by our first visit to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in Italy. We visited several vintners during our stay, including the Gravner Winery, on the border between Italy and Slovenia. Here we learned about their unorthodox methods for producing wine. While we sampled their spectacular wine we were also […]
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Watermelon Orange Onion Salad

Watermelon Orange and Onion Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits, partially because of its association with a warm summer day. There is nothing refreshing than a fresh cold slice of dripping watermelon with plenty to share with friends. This grown up way to serve watermelon is also nice to share with friends. Add a nice glass of sparkling […]
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cheese ravioli walnut cream sauce

Cheese Ravioli with Creamy Walnut Parmesan Sauce

We first sampled pasta with walnut sauce during a trip through Italy, where walnuts are a prized ingredient. There are many versions walnut sauce (salsa di noci) – including very simple preparations where pulverized walnuts are added to milk and breadcrumbs and then tossed with pasta. I prefer to use granule sized walnut chunks to […]
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Cold Curried Rice and Shrimp Salad

If you are a fan of yellow curry, then this recipe belongs in your collection. This cold rice salad pairs together spicy yellow curry with crunchy cauliflower and sweet poached shrimp.  It’s an ultimate make-ahead recipe because the flavors combine together and taste even better after spending a night in the fridge. Serve it as either a main […]
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