Petite Blueberry Oatmeal Scones

Wow!  Can you believe it’s Secret Recipe Club time again?  I have no idea where time is going but it’s suddenly Spring and Easter is just around the corner. This month, I was assigned Mangia!, the blog that the beautiful Chelsy calls home.  Even though our cooking styles are different in many ways, she also believes that cooking=love.  Because her younger sister has Celiac’s, Chelsy … Continue reading Petite Blueberry Oatmeal Scones

Patatas Alioli aka Aioli Potatoes

Potatoes are roasted for a slight twist on this Spanish side dish or tapas where cooled potatoes, which are traditionally boiled, are tossed with homemade aioli.   Happy Secret Recipe Day! This month I was assigned Manu’s Menu which made me excited.  I already had a ton of her recipes in my Recipes to Try notebook and that was before I even knew she was … Continue reading Patatas Alioli aka Aioli Potatoes

Crunchy Baked Green Beans

Simple green greens go from boring to fun with just a little panko (Japanese style breadcrumbs), oil and seasonings and a few minutes in the oven.   Remember the Pork & Pepper Burgers I made a couple of weeks ago?  These beans are the side dish I made to go with those and it really was a good pairing as these brought a salty crunch … Continue reading Crunchy Baked Green Beans

Italian Zucchini & Tomatoes

My favorite summer vegetables come together again in the slow cooker, this time with an Italian flair and lots of cheese!   I think I could eat zucchini with tomatoes just about every day, especially since cooking them in the slow cooker makes it such an easy and inexpensive side dish.  Using a mandolin makes slicing the zucchini go a lot more quickly; I got … Continue reading Italian Zucchini & Tomatoes

Provencal Vegetable Casserole (slow cooker)

Summer vegetables are layered in a slow cooker with just a little seasoning and a bit of Parmesan as a satisfying side or filling vegetarian entree that doesn’t heat up your kitchen.   When I bought my veggies for the ratatouille I showed you on Monday, I may have been so excited by the cheap prices that I may have purchased more than I really … Continue reading Provencal Vegetable Casserole (slow cooker)

Ratatouille (from the slow cooker)

Ratatouille is a simple summer dish with a fancy name made even easier using the slow cooker!   In the spirit of honesty, I never had ratatouille before I made this but I knew I would love it because it already had 3 of my favorite vegetables in it: tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant.  And since they are all in season and super cheap in the … Continue reading Ratatouille (from the slow cooker)

Broccoli & Pasta with Pepper Jack Cheese

This quick and bold play on macaroni & cheese comes with a bit of health from the broccoli florets.   After making the black bean burgers last week, I still had a large chunk of pepper jack cheese to use.  I could say that the main reason I still had so much in the fridge is because it was actually cheaper to buy the 16 … Continue reading Broccoli & Pasta with Pepper Jack Cheese

Southwest Chipotle Potatoes

These potatoes are not for the faint of heart!  Feel free to add some cheese but definitely don’t skimp on the sour cream. I can safely say that, right now, this is my favorite side dish.  Even as I am typing this, I am drooling over the leftovers in the fridge that are going to be tomorrow’s lunch.  These are spicy and crunchy with a … Continue reading Southwest Chipotle Potatoes

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

This no-cook Southern salad can be prepped ahead of time for a quick side dish or vegetarian entrée that is perfect for nights when you want to keep your kitchen cool.   Before I moved to the South, I don’t know that I’d ever seen a black-eyed pea.  When I first saw them in the grocery store, I honestly didn’t give them much consideration since … Continue reading Black-Eyed Pea Salad