Side Dishes

Roasted Cauliflower

by kara on June 29, 2011

When we were kids, my mom had a way of getting my brother and I to eat cauliflower by topping it with loads of cheese.  Nowadays,  I like to roast cauliflower and think it tastes even more delicious.  Go wild and choose an orange or purple variety of cauliflower if you’re feeling adventuresome.  And if you must. . .top […]

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Nutty Cabbage Salad

by kara on June 12, 2011

My mom is famous for bringing her Nutty Cabbage Salad to bbq parties.  This salad is light, colorful, and compliments whatever kind of meat is on the grill.  It takes just a few minutes to prep and tastes best if marinated overnight.  I brought this salad to our friends’ housewarming bbq party on Friday night. . . in the rain.  And […]


Spinach Salad with Bacon and Eggs

by kara on May 23, 2011

My very close girlfriend, Mia, is getting married in September. She and 2 other girlfriends visited over the weekend for a co-ed bachelorette celebration.  We had a fabulous time.  Very little sleep combined with lots of giggling, eating, drinking, and dancing.  We had a big BBQ bash at our house following an afternoon of Pedal Pubbing.   We made […]

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Roasted Beets, Parsnips, and Carrots

by kara on May 15, 2011

There really isn’t a vegetable I don’t like.   Thankfully, our neighborhood co-op is chockful of a variety of fresh vegetables in all different colors and flavors.  Lately, I’ve been especially fond of golden, red, or chiogga beets and parsnips.  I’ve posted before of my love for beets as well as my love for parsnips.  Lately, I’ve been roasting them as […]


Spring Quinoa Salad

by kara on April 7, 2011

It’s simply glorious outside today!   After a long winter, we are soaking up the sun.  I made this recipe last spring/summer. It’s on my menu for this weekend.   This is a light and healthy salad to make for lunch.  I adapted the recipe from Epicurious; replacing the dried cherries with tomatoes and eliminating the sunflower seeds.  The recipe can easily […]


We’re in full-on grill mode at our house.  Once the temperature gets anywhere close to 50 degrees, we’re outside and ready to fire up the grill.  We had ground turkey on hand this weekend, and I found the just the perfect turkey burger recipe on Epicurious.  I made the sauce and patties earlier in the […]

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Our kitchen is up and running! Our appliances arrived last week and we’ve been cooking away ever since.  The Wolf Range is by far the highlight of the space. The backplash should be up this week, and there’s just a few loose ends to finish up.  The first dinner we cooked on the stovetop was  fried eggs and […]

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Green Smoothie

by kara on March 6, 2011

Kale I have grown to love kale.   I thought it was a bit bitter when I first started cooking with it a few years ago, .  I’ve found that the moment lemon juice is added, that bitterness isn’t so dramatic.  Kale is full of all things good for your body. . .water, vitamins, fiber.  I prefer the ”Dino” […]


. Christmas Dinner Menu:  Horseradish Crusted Prime Rib, Sweet Potato Souffle, Baked Asparagus, and Killer Salad. One fantastic meal. I’ve been making Horseradish Crusted Prime Rib for Christmas dinner for at least the last 3 years. Every year it truly stands up to it’s hype. The original recipe is from Tyler Florence found here on […]


Halibut with Lentils and Mustard Sauce

by kara on December 5, 2010

In an effort to use what was in my pantry and freezer this last week, I decided to cook up Halibut with Lentils and Mustard Sauce for the second time.  I wasn’t as fond of the mustard sauce this time around.  Courtland really liked it though. . .so if you’re a fan of Dijon mustard, […]