Tag Archives: Vegetables

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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Potato and Cauliflower Au Gratin

This is the season where we are taking a dish with us every time we walk out the door.  I am normally asked to bring a cake, or cupcakes, or cookies, or a pie, or a cobbler, or whatever else has sugar in it.  My peeps know I LOVE to bake.  However, there are times I need to take a side dish and this is one of my favorites.  It has a crunchy cheese/Panko topping that makes everyone swoon.

Potato and Cauliflower Au Gratin

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Crunchy Cucumber Salad

Thinking of a side dish can be tough some days.  Why is that?  You would think that thinking of the main dish would be hard but nooooo,  for me….it’s the sides.  The side dish rounds out the meal, gives us our veggie total for the day.  I always want to fry up some bacon and place it on a pretty plate and hope no one notices that it is, well, you know…..bacon.  During the summer I head to my little garden and pull some cucumber and peppers and throw in a little onion.

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Summer means Fried Green Tomatoes.  I know some people think tomatoes should only be eaten when they are gorgeous red and ripe, but in my house we eat them green and fried!  Oh how I love these little fried medallions of crunchy goodness.  

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Most people don’t see the beauty in the greenies.   But these turned into…….

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                                                                                  These!!!

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Loving My Yard

I wish I could stall time where I would have this in my yard every single day. It is so pretty, peaceful, colorful, and lovely.  I try to enjoy every single day of the beauty before it fades.  My hydrangeas are putting on a show this year.  They have bloomed in the most beautiful colors I have ever had in the yard.  I have to give Sir Streusel all the credit.  He takes care of the outside, I am in charge of the inside.  He knows how much I love flowers and he aims to please me.  

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

I have been trying to make this soup for two weeks.  Once I start craving something, I cannot stop thinking about it until it is actually in my mouth.  Sir Streusel and I have been going non-stop for probably five weeks.  Getting his 92 year old mother’s house sold, packing up her house, getting her ready for her next phase of retirement home living,  and walking through some personal fires,  all I wanted was a bowl of Broccoli Cheese Soup.  I mean, I am a girl of simple wants…a bowl of broccoli soup was all this girl needed!  Finally, FINALLY, I made a pot of soup this weekend and it was every bit as good as I thought it was going to be.  All my wants, needs, frustrations, and cravings disappeared.  This soup is very similar to Panera Bread’s Broccoli Soup.  It is creamy, cheesy and loaded with onions, broccoli and carrots.

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Roasted Veggie Galette

My favorite way to eat vegetables is to roast them.  I love the little bit of crispness that comes for tossing them in olive oil, seasoning them to taste, and letting Edna bring them to perfection.  This could easily be a side or a main dish.  My challenge is not eating all the veggies right off the baking sheet when Edna is done roasting.  I love this cookbook.  The author is Pam Anderson.  No, not THAT Pam Anderson.  Not the slow jog in a thigh high cut red bathing suit Pam Anderson.  This Pam Anderson is a wonderful cook and author.  This particular cookbook gives so many options to make dishes your own.  You know, like you hear on “American Idol”?  How many times have you heard the judges say, “Make the song your own”???  Well, Pam gives you options for everything to tailor your meals to your taste.  Try this galette.  It won’t disappoint.  It might even make you want to put on a thigh high red bathing suit and run a slow jog on the beach.  Yea, right.

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