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Best Ever Scalloped Potatoes

August 6, 2020

I canNOT write enough positive things about this recipe. This has become a staple in our house. The rosemary makes it extra tasty, and it goes well with steak, pork, ham, and chicken. Like other scalloped potato recipes, it is rich though. So be sure to have a crisp salad with a vinaigrette with your meal.

You will need:

  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1 c stock (suggest: chicken)
  • 2 c milk
  • 4 T fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 lb red-skinned potatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 c grated Parmesan, divided

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the onions and saute for 5 minutes, or until starting to soften.
  4. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant.
  5. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Whisk in the stock and milk until well combined.
  7. Add the rosemary, pepper, and salt.
  8. Bring to a simmer and allow to thicken slightly, approximately 6-10 minutes.
  9. Optional: strain the sauce through a mesh sieve.
  10. Spread half of the potatoes in the baking dish.
  11. Top with half of the cream sauce.
  12. Sprinkle with half of the cheddar and of the Parmesan.
  13. Repeat with the potato, sauce, cheddar and Parmesan.
  14. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.
  15. Remove the foil and bake for another 25 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and the edges are starting to turn golden.
  16. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
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Rutabaga and Potato Mash

February 17, 2020

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I love potatoes and was looking for a way to enjoy mashed potatoes with a little twist. This was an excellent side dish — perfect for ham, steaks, pork, chicken, or whatever you have planned.

You will need:

  • 3 rutabagas, peeled and chopped into large pieces
  • 5 potatoes, peeled and chopped into large pieces
  • 8 T butter, divided
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 1 c panko breadcrumbs, divided
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 3/4 t ground pepper
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 c cream
  • 1/2 c fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 c grated Parmesan, divided

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Then you will…

  1. Put the rutabaga and potato pieces into a large pot of cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until soft enough to mash, about 12-15 minutes.
  2. Drain and return to the pot.
  3. Add 4 tablespoons of the butter and the milk.
  4. Mash until fairly smooth.
  5. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a deep casserole dish (should be able to hold about 8 cups) with 1 tablespoon of butter. Sprinkle the inside with 1/3 cup of the breadcrumbs.
  6. In a skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat.
  7. Sauté the onion until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  8. Mix the onions, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and nutmeg into the mashed mixture.
  9. In medium bowl, combine the eggs with the cream. Mix into the mashed mixture.
  10. Mix in 1/2 cup of the Parmesan and all of the chives.
  11. Spread the mash mixture in your prepared casserole dish.
  12. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter (melted), with the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan and remaining 2/3 c of breadcrumbs.
  13. Spread the topping on the mash mixture and lightly season with pepper on top.
  14. Bake 30-40 minutes or until lightly golden.
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Braised Red Cabbage

February 11, 2020

This is a simple and delicious side dish. It is great with pork or roasted chicken.

You will need:

  • 1 red cabbage
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 c red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled with the non-root end sliced off slightly to make flat
  • 24 whole cloves
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 2 tart apples, peeled and cored and chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 c cold water

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Then you will…

  1. Remove the outer layers of the cabbage. Quarter it and finely slice it into ribbons.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the honey, red wine vinegar and salt.
  3. Mix in the cabbage and allow to sit for an hour, stirring periodically.
  4. Stud the onion with the cloves.
  5. In a large, deep skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
  6. Add the shallots and apple, and saute for 5 minutes.
  7. Mix in the cabbage.
  8. Create a space in the middle for the onion.
  9. Add the bay leaves and water.
  10. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 hour until soft.

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Green Curry Noodle Soup

January 18, 2020

Our toddler is on a soup kick, and this is a great one! We usually roast the butternut squash on the weekend. Then this becomes a super quick and delicious weeknight dinner.

You will need:

  • 3 c butternut squash, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 4 T olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper of your color choice, chopped or sliced thinly
  • 4 oz green curry paste
  • 2 c stock (recommend vegetable)
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) coconut milk
  • 12 oz frozen chopped broccoli
  • Packaged, cooked udon noodles (ours were about 15 oz worth), prepped according to the directions
  • Small bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 1/4 c cilantro, chopped
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a large, edged baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick foil.
  2. Toss your squash with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil plus the salt and pepper.
  3. Spread on the baking sheet and roast about 15 minutes. You want it to be soft enough to eat but not so soft it falls apart.
  4. In a large soup pot or a high-sided nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  5. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes.
  6. Mix in the garlic and bell pepper and saute for another 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in the curry paste until starting to be fragrant.
  8. Mix in the coconut milk, stock and broccoli. Bring to a simmer.
  9. Stir in the roasted squash, noodles, scallions, cilantro, lime zest and juice.
  10. Allow to simmer about 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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Baked Beans

January 14, 2019

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This is a very simple and yummy side dish. It’s a little sweet from the cider, a little tart from the vinegar, and a little salty from the bacon.

You will need:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 cans (16 oz each) baked beans
  • 1 c apple cider
  • 3 T Dijon mustard
  • 3 T apple cider vinegar
  • 3 T ketchup
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 8 slices thick cut bacon, cooked and chopped

Then you will…

  1. In a medium saucepan, heath the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Mix in everything else except for the bacon.
  4. Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring periodically.
  5. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with bacon sprinkled on top.
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Apple and Bacon Wild Rice

January 8, 2019

This is a fun side dish full of bacon and apples (classic combination of sweet and salty!).

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You will need:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c wild rice blend
  • 2 tart apples, peeled, cored  and chopped
  • 1 1/2 c apple cider
  • 1 c vegetable stock
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 1/4 lb thick cut bacon, cooked and chopped

Then you will…

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 3 minutes.
  3. Mix in the rice and apples and saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cider, stock, salt and pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
  7. Allow to simmer until the rice is tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  8. Mix in the butter and bacon before serving.
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Simple Herb Focaccia

October 29, 2018

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We invited some friends over for dinner last minute, and I whipped up a simple pasta dish. This focaccia bread complemented the meal perfectly! It was also incredibly simple to put together.

You will need:

  • 3/4 c warm water
  • 2 1/4 t (1 packet) yeast
  • 4 T olive oil, divided
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 3/4 c flour (plus up to 1/4 c additional as needed)
  • 1/2 t dried oregano
  • 1/2 t dried basil
  • 1/2 t dried minced onion
  • 1/4 t garlic powder

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the water and yeast and stir to mix. Allow to rest and bloom for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, the salt, and the flour.
  3. On a lightly floured counter, knead 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  4. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Spread the dough in the pan and allow to rise for an hour, covered with oiled plastic wrap or a damp towel.
  6. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Remove the covering from the dough.
  8. Press dough with fingertips to create small indentations across the top surface.
  9. Drizzle with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  10. Sprinkle with the oregano, basil, minced onion and garlic powder.
  11. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until golden.
  12. Allow to cool 5 minutes and then remove from the pan.
  13. Cool on a wire rack at least another 5 minutes.
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Bacon, Egg and Cheese Muffin Bites

October 23, 2018

These mini egg muffins are packed with bacon, cheese and potatoes. They are delicious for breakfast or as part of lunch or dinner, and they are wonderfully portable. This will make 2 dozen mini muffins…although you probably won’t have any leftovers!

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You will need:

  • 1/2 lb red-skinned potatoes, small diced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 t dried chives (or 1 T fresh)
  • 1/3 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 lb bacon, crisped and crumbled

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 24 count mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Put the potatoes in a large pot of lightly salted water.
  3. Bring to a boil and allow to cook until the potatoes are just fork tender, about 5-8 minutes.
  4. Drain the potatoes.
  5. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Add the potatoes and onion to the hot skillet and saute for 3-5 minutes, until the onion is starting to soften.
  7. Mix in the onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and salt and allow to cook another minute.
  8. Remove from heat and allow to cool at least 5 minutes.
  9. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk and chives.
  10. Stir in the potato-onion mixture, cheese and bacon.
  11. Spoon the mixture into the prepared mini muffin cups.
  12. Bake 15-20 minutes. The edges should be turning golden and starting to pull away from the side, and the center should be set.
  13. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes before removing from the pan with a spoon.

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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

October 18, 2018

Casseroles are particularly lovely when you are busy, because you can prep them when you have a quiet moment. Then all you have to do is pop them in the oven when you need them. This one brings together some of our favorite flavors: cheese, chicken, and broccoli.

You will need:

  • 4 T unsalted butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 T flour
  • 1 1/4 c unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 c light cream
  • 1 t paprika
  • 2 c shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 lb chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • oz frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
  • 1 box stuffing mix, prepared according to instructions (I used a cornbread version)
  • 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 T fresh chives, minced

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In small sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  3. Add the onion and saute until starting to soften, about 4 minutes.
  4. Whisk in the flour and allow to cook for 2 minutes (keep whisking!).
  5. Whisk in the stock, milk, cream and paprika until well combined.
  6. Bring to a simmer and allow to thicken, stirring frequently, about 8-10 minutes.
  7. Stir in the Gruyere until melted.
  8. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  9. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken with the cheese sauce and broccoli.
  10. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the prepared stuffing with the cheddar and chives.
  11. Spread the chicken mixture in the prepared baking dish.
  12. Top with the stuffing mixture.
  13. Bake until bubbly and the stuffing starts to turn a bit more golden, about 30-40 minutes.
  14. Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
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Double Mushroom Balsamic Pasta

July 31, 2018

Pasta is a wonderful quick meal choice. This dish is hearty thanks to the mushrooms and it gets amazing flavor from the balsamic vinegar. To enhance the mushrooms, I recommend using the truffle balsamic for the double mushroom flavor. This pasta goes great with a fresh crusty bread or a crisp green salad.

You will need:

  • 1 lb dried fettucine
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 oz baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and sliced into quarters (6ths if larger mushrooms)
  • 1/3 c truffle balsamic vinegar (or regular if you can’t find truffled)
  • 1/4 c whipping cream
  • 1/3 c grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Then you will…

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the fettucine 2 minutes shy of al dente, and save 1/2 cup of the cooking water. (The pasta will finish cooking in the sauce).
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter into the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet.
  4. Saute until the onion starts to soften, about 5 minutes.
  5. Mix in the mushrooms and allow to saute until they start to brown, about another 10 minutes.
  6. Add the vinegar and let cook down for about 3 to 5 minutes, until reduced by half.
  7. Stir in the cream and Parmesan.
  8. Stir in the fettucine to coat with sauce and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  9. Add some of the pasta water to reach the desired thickness, if needed.
  10. Season with fresh cracked pepper to taste.

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