Side Dishes

Peach Ginger Preserves

August 18, 2011

So until I took on this 30-while-30 post, I had never canned anything.  I was rather intimidated by the whole process, mostly because I didn’t understand how it worked.  However, making preserves was enough of an impetus for me to figure it out.  I will caveat this with you absolutely do NOT have to can […]

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August 19, 2010

Looking for a Mexican side-dish that’s full of vegetables and great flavor?  Look no further than calabacitas, which traslates to “little squash.”   This dish goes together easily and showcases fresh summer flavors – zucchini, summer squash, corn and fresh oregano.   Throw in some onions, season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (if you want […]

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Slow-cooker Black Beans

May 19, 2010

I like to save money. Who doesn’t? If I can save some money by making something myself, assuming the time-commitment is not excessive, I’ll usually do it. For the longest time, dried beans remained the exception to the rule.  I knew that it would be a money saver, but I just never planned ahead enough…until […]

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Zucchini and Sausage Quiche

October 5, 2009

One of my favorite dishes is quiche, yet for some reason we rarely make it! Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time studying for a big upcoming exam – so in order to procrastinate more effectively, I decided to spend a few hours making quiche…crust from scratch and everything. I picked up some zucchini […]

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Corn Salsa

June 10, 2009

I do not like tomatoes. While I love the taste of tomatoes, I won’t touch anything that resembles a fresh tomato. As you might imagine, this limits my options for fresh salsas. Enter corn salsa. When I tried it at Chipotle, it was love at first bite. It’s crisp, fresh, flavorful and contains no trace […]

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Cilantro Lime Rice

May 14, 2009

I was searching for a Chipotle-inspired rice to serve with tequila lime chicken when found this recipe for Cilantro Lime Rice on Sadly, it’s not the same as Chipotle’s rice. It’s still delicious. This is an easy recipe that uses very few ingredients. The rice has a nice lime flavor, and I love the […]

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Mexican Rice

February 25, 2009

I’ve tried a number of different Mexican rice recipes over the past few years, but none of them were quite right. When I saw this recipe on Dinner & Dessert, I knew I needed to give it a whirl. Since my husband Mike and I were planning a Mexican night with company last weekend, this […]

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Roasted Red Peppers

February 8, 2009

When I went to the grocery store last week, I found big, beautiful red peppers on an excellent sale. Since I had my eye on some recipes that used roasted red peppers, I decided to try my hand at roasting my own. I decided to start with only two peppers, just in case things didn’t […]

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Zucchini Sticks

February 5, 2009

I spotted this recipe on the cooking blog A Year in the Kitchen. It looked like a fun, different way to serve zucchini. When I saw some nice-looking fresh zucchini at the store (not an easy feat in New England during the winter!), I knew I had to try the recipe. I served the zucchini […]

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