Category Archives: Side Dishes

Caprese Zucchini Boats

I have been posting a lot of summer veggie recipes.  I just can’t stop myself!  I take advantage of all this summer fresh goodness around me.  I love Caprese Salad and I love roasted veggies.  I combined the two and got a blue ribbon winner.

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Marinated Pork Chops and Roasted Squash

I am sharing with you today Pork Chops that have been marinated and then either put on the grill or on a stove top in a grill pan.  Summertime means summer veggies!  Roasted squash in a cast iron skillet with feta and jalapenos, well, simply put….mind blowing!!!

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Peas and Sausage

Growing up, Sweet Mama always had a “pot of something” simmering on the stove.  I think I got to the point where I didn’t even notice it, it was just always there.  A pot of greens, peas, beans, etc., would be simmering on the stove.  I couldn’t wait for her to put a bowl of whatever had been simmering in front of me with a piece of cornbread.  Now that was good eating!

 

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Fire and Ice Tomatoes

Clearly my family loves food.  Our best times are always centered around food.  I had a craving for a Krispy Kreme Donut.  I told Sir Streusel about this craving and his response was, “Well, let’s go take care of that craving right now.”  My little ballerina baby was over visiting and she said, “I’m in!”

See that yellow one with the sprinkle dots?!  That sucker is filled with CAKE BATTER!!!

Yea, that’s the stuff.

When that red light is flashing “Hot Donuts”, you better treat ‘yo-self!

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Greek Chicken Salad

The sun is shining and the humidity is low, it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!  We had rain for 2 1/2 weeks straight.  Everything was wet, everything was droopy, everything was dirty, everything had mushrooms growing out it….everything.  When Tropical Storm Cindy rolled through, we headed to the beach to walk out on the pier and watch the waves, it’s tradition.  There is just something so majestic watching those waves roll in.  I wish you could actually tell how large these waves were.

  Eric’s favorite side salad is a Greek Salad.  I thought I would take the classic Greek Salad to the next level.

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Our Favorite Fruit Salad and…….MILKSHAKES!

Is there anything better than a fresh fruit salad on a hot summer day?  No, I don’t think there is.  The cool, crisp sweetness of the fruit will hit the spot everytime.  This salad is our favorite fruit salad.  It has that Pina Colada taste and feel to it.  You can never go wrong with anything flavored Pina Colada.

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Caprese Chicken Salad

I felt like I wanted a salad.  I felt like I wanted chicken.  I felt like I wanted everything covered in delicious balsamic vinaigrette.  So I got in the kitchen and got busy.  Sometimes you just have to make things happen for yourself.  

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Frozen Fruit Salad

The weather is gorgeous, Florida humidity is at a rare low, the grass is turning green, everything is coming together for me to sit outside and enjoy this beautiful spring.  Except, for me to truly enjoy this weather, I mean truly enjoy all it has to offer…..I will need a snack.  Girlfriend loves her snacks!

Remember the Frozen Fruit Salad your Grandma used to make and you could eat like a popsicle?  I had forgotten all about this little treat until I came across the recipe in my old index card file box full of recipes. This my friends is the perfect little snack to enjoy while sitting on your porch reading your favorite book. Continue reading Frozen Fruit Salad

Braised Pork Chops and a Birthday

Well, let me start this post off by saying my shoulder is so much better!!!  I love my cortisone shots.  I start rehab in a week.  I am going to do everything possible to not have rotator cuff surgery.  Thank you so much for the Facebook, texts, and email well wishes.  It actually hurt to type last week.

Easter was wonderful in our home.  It was also Eric’s birthday.  I am sharing some of his Birthday/Easter meal with you today.  He deserves only the best.  I could have fed him corn dogs and potato chips and he would have been happy.  

The Birthday Boy with his cake.  His mom, who lives in memory care, was able to join us for the day and she remembered our names.  That was the best gift he received.

I can whip out cupcakes pretty quickly and with confidence that they will look pretty good.  However, I am NOT a cake decorator.  Cakes are a challenge for me.  This cake was definitely a labor of love for my birthday boy.

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Creamed Sweet Corn Pudding

Easter is coming!  Tradition is rooted in Easter Sunday.  Families attend church together to celebrate the Resurrection.  After church, families head home to enjoy a beautiful meal together.  The finale of the day is the ‘Great Egg Hunt’!

I so hope this Corn Pudding in on your Easter menu.

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