Category Archives: Sides

Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a rustic garden dish.  It’s meant to be fast and savory without a lot of flair.  Making it fancy is putting lipstick on a pig.  Anyone who says different’s a poseur.  [So there!]

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The following is a basic recipe.  It can be spiced up by adding bell pepper and garlic or a hot pepper.   But remember, overcomplicating this recipe will destroy it.  It will look prettier but taste worse.

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Fillo Veggie Rolls

This is another great addition for the holidays.  It’s also deceptive.  Fillo pastry is easy and forgiving, and a selection of robust vegetables and spice provides an illusion of complexity.

deceptively easy

In addition, fillo is vegan.  This can serve as a main course for vegetarians or a side for everyone else.

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Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

For most large gatherings and holidays vegetarians have to suck it up – they’re lucky if there are enough sides at a meal to put three colors on a plate.  This dish adds variety to the meal and doubles as a main course for vegetarians or a side for meatetarians.

great as a main course or side dish

If you’re cooking for vegans, you can substitute vegetable stock and olive oil for butter and cream in the mashed potatoes.

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Potato Pancakes

Food processors cut down the prep time for this from hours to minutes.  Potato pancakes, or latkes, are great as a main course or side.  And like anything fried, they’re just as good as leftovers.

an all-time favorite

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Sweet Italian Sausage (Chicken or Pork)

No sausage grinder?  No problem.  If you have a Cuisinart you can have fresh sausage for patties, sauces, stews or stuffing.  You can even make links, but that’s a bit more involved.

making this takes less time than driving to the store...

Here’s a basic recipe for either chicken or pork.  The pictures are chicken, but the basic idea remains the same.

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Honey Bread [by Table Daughter]

Honey bread, or “honey bear bread” as my sister calls it has become a permanent fixture in our household.  It is a deceptively simple bread to make, and only requires one bowl (which I love because it means less dishes for me!).  Despite the name honey bread is a white bread with subtle hints of honey and not overly sweet.

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Bread Sticks

This is a nice touch to a special meal.  It’s also a great snack to have around.

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