Side Dishes


July 18, 2017 Featured Recipe


A classic bulgur salad that is made with garlic, parsley, lemon and mint, is perfect for personalizing with cucumber, bell peppers, and even garbanzo beans. 1 cup dry bulgur wheat 1-1/2 cups water, brought to a boil 1-1/2 tsp salt, to taste 1/4 cup lemon juice – fresh squeezed if possible 1/4 cup olive oil […]

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Multi-Bean Salad

May 25, 2017 Featured Recipe

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This festive colorful salad is good with cornbread and any soup. Also try serving at room temperature over hot rice (you can melt some cheese into the rice) with steamed tortillas. Try making the salad with a combination of 1 cup each: pinto, kidney, black, and garbanzo beans. Dry beans need to soak at least […]

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Vegetable Upside-Down Cake

January 25, 2016 Featured Recipe

Vegetable Upside-down Cake

First you have a savory medley of sautéed vegetables in the pan, then an herbed quick-bread batter gets poured over the top. Bake it and invert onto a try, and you end up with a handsome two-layered dish – savory cake on the bottom and vegetables on top. Impressive and easy; any beginner can make […]

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Arroz Congri (Cuban black beans & rice)

August 14, 2015 Featured Recipe


This rice and beans combination is a mainstay in Cuba – part of any typical meal which includes rice and beans. Sometimes they are cooked together, other times apart. With Arroz Congri, they are cooked together. Often called Congri, and sometimes Moros (or, Moros y Cristianos, referring to the early settlers of Cuba. What is […]

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Chili Lime Sweet Corn Salad

June 29, 2015 Recipes


Summertime is the perfect time to try lots of great corn salad combinations. Grab some fresh corn on the cob, some queso fresco, and get cooking — this one is sure to be a crowd pleaser. 2-3 ears of corn, husk and silk removed 1 Tbsp melted butter 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice 1/4 […]

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Caramelized Endive with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

April 2, 2015 Featured Recipe


  Endive is delicious and nutritious. This quick and tasty recipe is a perfect example of how easy it is to transform everyday vegetables into something truly delightful. Caramelized Endive 2 Tbsp olive oil 4 heads California Endives, halved lengthwise salt and pepper to taste Brown Butter Sauce 2 Tbsp salted butter 8 to 10 […]

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Eggplant Rollatini

March 25, 2015 Appetizers

You can also serve these rollatini without the tomato dressing as an appetizer passed on a tray at parties – great finger food. 1 large eggplant, peel and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices sea salt for sprinkling extra-virgin olive oil for brushing, plus 3 tbsp olive oil 1 cup ricotta cheese 2 cloves garlic, minced […]

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Braised Leeks in Orange-Fennel Dressing

March 25, 2015 Recipes

This dish blends the sweet-citrus of orange, the creamy nuttiness of leeks, and the anise accent of fennel. This side dish will surely wow your guests at any dinner party. But don’t reserve making this for special occasions, it is delicious any night of the week. 6 leeks (about 3 lbs.) trimmed of all cut […]

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Garlicky Green Beans with Pine Nuts

March 25, 2015 Recipes

Transform your green beans with just a few ingredients. This simple side dish will soon become a family favorite 1 lb green beans, trimmed 1-1/2 tbsp olive oil 1-1/2 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1/4 cup of pine nuts kosher salt and pepper Bring a large pot of slated water to a boil. Add the […]

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Buttermilk-Battered 1015 Onion Rings

January 31, 2015 Appetizers

Buttermilk-Battered Onion Rings

According to Chef  Grady Spears, Texas 1015 onions make the best onion rings in the world – as they are sweet, big and make ‘impressive’ onion rings. If you can’t find 1015’s, opt for swet onions such as Vidalias, Mauis, and Walla Wallas. For Onions 2 large 1015 onions 1-1/2 cups Flour Spice (see below) […]

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