Category Side Dish

Radish Pesto

Radishes, turnips and parsnips are veggies I’ve gazed at on the grocery shelves since I was a kid. However, I never really made an effort to eat them, even though I read a lot about how good they are for me. Perhaps this will be my first foray into radish-land. Makes 2.5 cups INGREDIENTS 2 […]

BLT Pasta Salad

I consider the BLT the Groundhog of Summer. The earlier this sandwich comes out and fails to see its shadow the faster summer can begin.  Now the Food Network has come up with a pasta salad version. Sheer genius! Serves 4. Ingredients 12 ounces corkscrew-shaped pasta 1/2 cup milk 12 ounces lean bacon 3 medium […]

Grilled Watermelon

I wandered by the break room and the chef from the Food Network was pulling these watermelon slices out of a grill pan. It got my attention because I typically think of watermelon as cold and sweet.  Ingredients /2 (5-pound) seedless watermelon 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar Extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt (specialty salt is great […]

Fresh Strawberry Granita

I’ve been hitting the Iowa City Farmer’s Markets on the weekends. Half of my money goes to food to cook later while the other half goes to food I eat on the spot. Thankfully this recipe requires a little time. But once the berries hit the market this moves to the top of my list.  […]

Chipolte’s Basmati Rice

I’m a fan of everything about Chipolte…except their tortillas. In my humble opinion they tear too easily and then it stops being a burrito and becomes a pile of rice and meat. When that happens this rice tends to save the day.  Chipotle’s Basmati Rice Recipe Ingredients: 1 teaspoon vegetable oil or butter 2 tsp. […]

Bleu Cheese Bread

When I first made it I thought I had made too much butter as I had a few tablespoons left. After pulling it out of the oven and cutting the loaf into pieces I found that some slices barely had any bleu-cheese butter on them. So if after you slather the bread with the bleu […]

Avocado Fries

This one reminds me of one trip out for sushi. I was surprised to get an avocado slice in with my usual tempura order. Ingredients 1 avocado, sliced into ¼ inch slices ½ cup milk ½ cup flour 1 egg, beaten Canola oil, for frying   Lime Sriracha Mayo ½ cup mayonnaise Juice from ½ […]

Sweet potato and potato salad

As a child I think I was “yammed” into not liking the sweet potato. My dislike for them was mostly a texture thing. They were just too mushy in my mouth.  Now there are sweet potato chips and fries and they’re everywhere. But I still wasn’t a big fan until my wife made this recipe […]

Mabel’s Fried Potatoes

I started drooling over this recipe when I looked at the pictures…then I saw that it was named after a woman named Mabel. If something is named after a woman named Mabel it has to be good, right? Maybe not good for you. But good nonetheless. Ingredients: 12 small potatoes 1/2 c. flour salt, parsley, […]

Easy Biscuits

I like this recipe to disprove all of those people who freak out every time it snows. You know those souls. They rush to the grocery store as the first flakes fall fearing that they will have nothing to eat. This recipes promises to deliver some tasty, homemade biscuits with a few ingredients you are […]