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Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan, Panko, & Pecans

Oven roasting turns plain broccoli into something special…and a crunchy, garlicky, toasty topping takes it to the next level in this Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan, Panko, & Pecans! With Thanksgiving only a few short days away, I realize that it’s a little late in the game for another side dish recipe. However, the good news is that this Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan, Panko, & Pecans would also make a fabulous addition to your Christmas or Hanukkah or New Year’s menu! {Read More}

Southern Squash Casserole

Southern Squash Casserole is loaded with tender sauteed yellow squash, cheddar, Parmesan, and sour cream, then topped with buttery cracker crumbs and baked for a delicious, comforting side dish! I’ll be the first to admit that yellow summer squash has never been my favorite of the stereotypical Texas garden harvests. However, seeing as how my in-laws have a glorious and abundant stereotypical Texas garden, we end up with lots of it every summer. I like zucchini and have come up {Read More}

Simple German (Swabian) Potato Salad ~ Schwäbischer Kartoffelsalat

Schwäbischer Kartoffelsalat is a simple German Potato Salad hailing from the Swabian region of Germany that features sliced potatoes, minced onions, hot broth, oil, vinegar, and fresh parsley. It’s potato salad season, friends! And seeing as how I’ve shared recipes for Classic Potato Salad and German Potato Salad (the hot bacon/vinegar kind) in summers past, it’s high time I share the traditional type of potato salad found in the region of Germany where my mom grew up and where my {Read More}

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots make a sweet, buttery, and addictive side dish…the perfect easy recipe for freeing up the oven and feeding a crowd, on a holiday or any day! Apparently I don’t keep resolutions very well. When I wrapped up my final recipe for the cookbook a few weeks ago, I swore off slow cookers for awhile. In fact, I actually put away the three slow cookers that have been in constant use and permanently residing on my {Read More}

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham feature thin slices of potatoes drizzled with cream and layered with ham and cheddar for a decadent comfort food recipe that’s also a great way to use up leftover holiday ham! Today’s recipe is a classic, folks — creamy, cheesy, decadent scalloped potatoes — and since ’tis the season for holiday ham, why not toss some of that in as well? It’d be a lot cooler if you did. 😉 Who doesn’t love Cheesy Scalloped {Read More}

Cran-Cherry Sauce

Sweetened with honey and brightened with citrus, Cran-Cherry Sauce strikes a perfect balance between tart cranberries and luscious cherry preserves, making it the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table! Welp, only a little over a week to go until Turkey Day, friends! Soon I’ll be shifting gears and bringing you Christmas recipes, but not before I share at least one more Thanksgiving dish today…homemade cranberry sauce with a twist! Now everybody knows that homemade cranberry sauce is head-and-shoulders-above the gelatinous {Read More}

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and topped with toasted pecans, making it a delicious and effortless addition to Thanksgiving dinner, while freeing up the oven at the same time! Well, November is already flying by at record pace, so I do believe it’s time to start getting serious about Thanksgiving menu planning. Do you already have a set-in-stone menu that you adhere to each year, or do you like trying new recipes? Orrrr do {Read More}

Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread

Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread is moist, tender, and loaded with extra flavor from crispy bacon, gooey cheese, and spicy jalapeño, making it the perfect accompaniment for all of your favorite soups, stews, and chilis! So…I’m posting this recipe today because cornbread accompanies soup, and soup is associated with cold weather, and maybe if we build it, they will come. Or, in this case, maybe if we act like fall temperatures have arrived, they finally will. Because, Y’ALL. It hit 100 {Read More}

Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn

Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn is a rich, comforting side dish that’s the perfect addition to any holiday menu…because not only is this recipe delicious, but it also frees up the stove and oven! A few weeks ago, I had the honor of attending a 20th High School Reunion…and, seeing as how time apparently moves at warp speed, that high school reunion was actually mine. Now I’m not sure exactly how this happened. I mean, I remember 4th grade like {Read More}

Cinnamon Maple Roasted Squash

Cinnamon Maple Roasted Squash features vitamin-packed butternut squash coated with coconut oil, maple syrup, and cinnamon, then roasted until tender and sweet for a gorgeous, golden fall or winter side dish! If summer produce is best eaten fresh, fall produce was made to be roasted. Roasting is actually my favorite way to enjoy veggies year round, but I tend to shy away from it during the hotter months, seeing as how it can quickly heat up the whole kitchen, thereby {Read More}

Parmesan Panko Asparagus

Fresh asparagus spears are coated in a mixture of grated Parmesan and panko breadcrumbs and baked until crispy and golden brown for an addictive, healthy, “asparagus fries” side dish or snack. The other day in the grocery store, my 5-year-old spied a display of asparagus and begged me to buy a bundle of it. Not one to argue with any child-o-mine who enthusiastically requests a green vegetable, I obliged. Now, I typically pan sautée or roast my asparagus. But once {Read More}

Carrot Apple Slaw

With crunchy carrots, sweet and tart apples, dried cranberries, salty feta cheese, and a creamy dressing, this Carrot Apple Slaw is a refreshingly sweet and savory salad for summer! It’s May, y’all. MAY. And that means that after a flurry of teacher appreciation and field day and end-of-year parties, the school year will come to a close. And spring will give way to summer. And vacation time will be upon us. And I just don’t know if I’m ready for {Read More}

Easy Spanish Rice

Cook a pot of rice using chicken broth, tomato sauce, and a few seasonings to make this quick and easy Spanish Rice. It’s the perfect base for rice bowls or a delicious side dish to your favorite Mexican entrees! Cinco de Mayo is on the horizon, and a quick search of the blog will reveal that you’re already set when it comes to appetizers, main dishes, beverages, heck, even breakfasts! Alas, the only Tex-Mex side dish that I’ve shared as {Read More}

Homemade One-Pot Macaroni & Cheese

Creamy, from-scratch, Homemade Macaroni & Cheese is as easy as one pot, a handful of ingredients, and ten minutes on the stove! Okay, folks…today’s recipe is one that just might revolutionize your life! Every kid loves plain, simple, stovetop mac & cheese from a box, right? And every adult enjoys creamy, cheesy, made-from-scratch mac & cheese, loaded with various cheeses and baked in the oven to decadent perfection. But what if I told you that you could have the best {Read More}

Orange Apricot-Glazed Carrots with Candied Almonds

Orange Apricot-Glazed Carrots with Candied Almonds are sweet and tender, glossy and vibrant…and the perfect spring side dish for Easter dinner! Well, folks…another winter day, another spring recipe. 😉 But hey, I’m not jumping the gun too much here! It’s my understanding that some of you are already enjoying Spring Break (ours is next week), the clocks have already “sprung forward,” and in reality, we’re only a couple weeks out from the official changing of the seasons. So I hereby {Read More}

Creamy Spring Peas with Bacon + Mint

The ultimate Easter side dish, Creamy Spring Peas with Bacon + Mint feature a delicious combo of flavors and textures from sweet green peas, fresh sugar snaps, salty bacon, a decadent cream sauce, and refreshing pops of mint! Well, March has certainly come in like a lion around these parts. We actually have a chance of snow in the forecast this week. Snow! In central Texas! In March! But aside from the fact that my kids would be elated to {Read More}

Roasted Balsamic Green Beans

Seasoned green beans are roasted until caramelized and then tossed with a balsamic reduction in this flavorful side dish that’s easy enough for a weeknight yet special enough for a holiday dinner! Before I get into too many holiday goodies and cookies and treats and food gift ideas, I thought that today was as good a day as any to bring you a recipe to augment your Christmas dinner. Green beans are a pretty safe bet as far as side {Read More}

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan

Simple seasonings boost flavor and roasting brings out the natural sweetness of these easy-to-prepare Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan! For many years, I was a proud member of the Not a Fan of Brussels Sprouts Club. After all, the ones I recalled from childhood originated from a can and were served on an avocado green melamine tray in my elementary school cafeteria. I mean, YUCK. Way to turn impressionable kids on to healthy green vegetables! Anyway, it was many, many {Read More}

Garlic & Herb Stuffing

Garlic & Herb Stuffing is a savory, simple Thanksgiving dressing featuring both French bread and cornbread, and it can be customized with your favorite herbs and add-ins! So last week I brought you Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes and Mini Pecan Pies. This week I’m bringing you this delicious Garlic & Herb Stuffing, a tasty veggie side, and quite possibly the best darn turkey you’ll ever try. ANNND, you do not want to miss the awesome Thanksgiving Recipe Blog Hop happening right {Read More}

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes are the perfect Thanksgiving side dish, featuring a smooth, creamy filling and a topping of either toasty marshmallows or crunchy pecan streusel. November has arrived and that means one thing…time to start thinking about the ol’ Thanksgiving menu! I don’t know about y’all, but one dish I must have on my Turkey Day table each year would be sweet potatoes. I realize that some people are solidly in the mashed potatoes camp — and don’t get me {Read More}

Slow Cooker Charro Beans

Slow Cooker Charro Beans — flavored with bacon, garlic, tomatoes, green chiles, jalapeños, cilantro, and spices — are the perfect pinto beans to accompany your favorite Mexican entrees! A few days ago I shared my recipe for King Ranch Chicken Casserole, which just so happens to be one of my family’s very favorite comfort food classics. And if you saw that post, you may have noticed a side of tasty-looking pinto beans adorning the casserole plate. Well, those beans weren’t {Read More}

Garlic & Herb Roasted Potatoes

Simple, delicious Garlic & Herb Roasted Potatoes are crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and loaded with flavor, thanks to garlic, fresh rosemary, and fresh thyme! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…roasting is my favorite way to cook vegetables! Roasting not only enhances the texture, but it also brings out a deep flavor and natural sweetness in just about any veggie. And potatoes? Well, they turn from ho-hum to downright magical after a nice stint {Read More}

Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes

Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes are a delicious summer side dish featuring garden-fresh tomatoes that have been drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, seasoned with garlic, salt, and pepper, and roasted to sweet and savory, caramelized perfection! I happen to be a big tomato fan, so one of my favorite things about summertime is enjoying plump, juicy, homegrown tomatoes. Seriously, these bright red beauties make me want to abstain from eating anemic grocery store tomatoes during the rest of the year. {Read More}

Tangy Cucumber Salad with Dill

Crisp, thinly-sliced cucumbers are marinated in a simple dressing of white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, and fresh dill for a refreshing, sweet-and-sour salad that makes a perfect summer side dish! I realize that I’ve been bombarding y’all lately with quite a few recipes featuring garden-fresh summer produce…and I can’t promise that I’m quite done yet. 😉 Case in point: today I’m sharing the BEST Tangy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill! For years I’ve been on a mission to find {Read More}

Zucchini Marinara

In this quick and easy side dish, sliced zucchini is seasoned and pan sautéed before being topped with marinara sauce, fresh herbs, and Parmesan cheese. Today’s recipe is a simple summer side dish to make use of some of that bountiful zucchini that so many of you are enjoying this time of year, whether you found it on sale at the grocery store, or you couldn’t resist it at the Farmers Market, or it’s taking over your whole garden! I {Read More}

Southern Baked Beans

Sweet and savory baked beans get a southern spin with the addition of bacon and barbecue sauce…plus they’re extremely quick and easy to whip up since they start with canned white beans! Ack! Y’all…I cannot believe it’s July. I know I sound like a broken record with the arrival of each new month, but seriously, people…where has this year gone??? Despite my state of denial regarding the passage of time, the 1st of July means it’s almost time for the {Read More}

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds

A simple summer side dish of Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds comes together quickly using only two ingredients…and will disappear from the table even faster! Zucchini is one of those summer vegetables that not only grows abundantly, but it tends to come in all at once. Thanks to my generous in-laws and their bountiful garden, we are the lucky recipients of boatloads of zucchini each summer, and I try to use it up in a variety of ways, from zucchini bread {Read More}

Caprese Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes

In this caprese spin on a classic summer side dish, nutrient-packed quinoa is blended with pasta sauce, gooey mozzarella, & fresh basil, stuffed into ripe tomatoes, topped with Parmesan, and baked to perfection! To say that I am a fan of red, juicy, garden-ripe tomatoes would be an understatement. While I have an arguably black thumb and no garden to call my own, I’m lucky enough to have nearby in-laws with a bountiful garden full of resplendent summer veggies. And {Read More}

Parmesan Orzo with Lemon & Thyme

Creamy orzo pasta is infused with the flavors of Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and fresh thyme in this summer side dish that perfectly complements a variety of entrees, from baked chicken to steamed fish to grilled steak! I have a little story for ya, friends. And it’s about a pot of orzo that almost resulted in a house fire. So one fine afternoon last week, I decided to cook up this light, bright, and delicious Parmesan Orzo with Lemon & {Read More}

The BEST Way to Cook Fresh Corn on the Cob ~ Oven Roasting!

Fresh ears of corn are oven roasted in their husks for tender, sweet corn that shucks effortlessly. This is the BEST way to cook fresh corn on the cob…it tastes better than boiled and there’s no sticky, messy silk to deal with! Today’s recipe isn’t exactly a recipe…it’s more of a method. Nevertheless, the few basic steps are beyond easy and the results are beyond delicious. I’m convinced that if you try this way of cooking fresh corn on the {Read More}