Parmy Crusted Potatoes

I have numerous shortcomings as a cook, not the least of which is serving too much food. I have never quite been able to wrap my head around the idea of if I make too many appetizers to amuse my guests’ bouches, they won’t be hungry for dinner. Honestly, my favorite part of ANY dinner…

Not Just Another Pasta Salad

I know — we all have a zillion of them. And usually they’re filled to the brim with a a dozen or more ingredients that all intersect, and so all you taste is the dressing. This is my favorite barbecue side dish that celebrates the best of summer. SERVINGS: 8 – 10 SIDE-DISH  INGREDIENTS 8…

Maple Syrup and Mustard Brussel Sprouts

OH! YUM!!!. I’m always looking for new side dishes, and this is the of the tastiest ones I’ve found in recent months. But FIRST, you have to like brussel sprouts. I ate few vegetables back in the day of everything is canned and drab fatigue green, but I really think if we had eaten more…

Absurdly Addictive Asparagus

‘Tis the season–asparagus season!  And if you’re through gently steaming or stir frying  your farmer’s market purchase, TRY THIS RECIPE!  It’s delicious and even surprising with the pine nuts, pancetta and lemon/orange flavors. Making it again today! 4ounces pancetta or good bacon, cut into 1/4 inch dice 1 tablespoon butter 1 pound asparagus, woody ends trimmed and…

Potato Fondants

If I could only ever eat just one food for the rest of my life, it would be a really tough decision between carnitas tacos and these potatoes. Flavorful, crispy, tender . . . mouth-watering. Must. Make. Immediately! 2 lb. baby Yukon Gold or Red Bliss potatoes (20 to 25 potatoes, 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 inches…

Parsley (or Cilantro) Fried Onion Rings with Salsa Verde

Absent of any nutritional value, onion rings are the food of the gods as far as I’m concerned — and these ones — well, they actually TASTE like something! Make them with parsley or with cilantro (my newest fave), and don’t forget the salsa verde! INGREDIENTS 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons beer (not dark) 1…

Potato Goop

Potatoes: A Love Story. I think it may have started way back when I was 18, married, extremely poor, and I only knew how to make three things: popcorn, noodles and cheese (not to be confused with Mac and cheese), and hashed brown potatoes — all of which I could afford. We ate baked potatoes,…

Chile Corn Cakes

Chile Corn Cakes Serves 4 4 T. olive oil                                ¾ c. flour ¼ c. yellow bell pepper, chopped    1  t. baking powder ½ c. red bell pepper, chopped         ½ c. yellow cornmeal 2  c. fresh corn kernels                   1 egg, lightly beaten ½ c.. milk 2/3 c. yellow onions, chopped        1 T. unsalted butter, melted 1  T. chili powder…