Category Archives: side

Mac Attack!

Creamy, dreamy, melt in your mouth goodness.  Add crunchy and updated and you’d be describing an out of this world mac and cheese.

Just one cheese?  Nah.  Why use one cheese when you can use three?  Topping or no topping? Topping of course when it’s Panko.  It adds a layer of crunchiness and contrast to the creamy mac and cheese.  Throw on some chopped fresh parsley for green measure and you’ve got a delicious side that’s perfect with just about anything or perfect all by itself.

This recipe is from Mio Kitchen and Wine Bar in Pittsburgh.

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Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Marshmallows or brown sugar pecan streusel are typical toppings for sweet potato casseroles.  Sure they’re tasty , but why choose one topping when you can have both with  these Loaded Sweet Potatoes?   Besides looking great, they’re easy and taste great too.  Roasted pecans are the perfect crunchy contrast to the fluffy sweet potatoes.  These would be delicious as a side dish for your  Thanksgiving celebration.

This recipe is from the Food Network.

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California Pizza Kitchen Field Greens Salad

California Pizza Kitchen serves a mixed green salad and tops it with a delicious Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing that’s so easy to make. All you need are a few ingredients and a whisk.  Don’t be tempted to throw these ingredients into a food processor because it emulsifies the dressing too much and it becomes too thick.  When you’re ready to serve this salad, don’t toss it, drizzle the dressing on the top so you can enjoy the flavor even more.

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Mexican Rice and Chilis Chicken Fajitas

Mexican Rice is a great side to serve with Chilis Chicken Fajitas. Chopped tomatoes and green onions add great color and extra flavor. Veggies can make meatless  fajitas with Mexican Rice, sautéed peppers, onions, and all the toppings.  And don’t forget the margaritas!

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Lemon Smashed Potatoes

Smashed Potatoes and Lemon? Sounds strange but it’s delicious! Lemon Smashed Potatoes use  zest for a bright, fresh taste and are a perfect accompaniment to Sole Almondine which also uses lemon as a key ingredient. Tyler Florence of the Food Network made this at his recent appearance at Macy’s Lenox Square.

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Tyler Florence Cooking At Macy’s

Tyler Florence is charming, entertaining and BUSY. He’s opening a new restaurant and cooking store in San Francisco, taping shows on the Food Network, and touring selected Macy’s stores doing chef demos and signing his cookbooks.  Recently in Atlanta, he made a delicious meal of Sole Almondine, Lemon Smashed Potatoes, and Parmesan Roasted Green Beans from his new cookbook, Family Meal, coming out in the fall. This is his recipe for Parmesan Roasted Green Beans and the Lemon Smashed Potaotes and Sole Almondine will follow in the next couple of days.

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Tyler Florence’s No Shucking Roasted Corn

Tyler Florence told his audience at a Macy’s guest appearance this past weekend in Atlanta that you shouldn’t shuck your corn.  He leaves the silks and husks on while cooking  to retain the most flavor.  350 degrees for 30 minutes.  I had to try this and you should too.  It’s awesome!

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