Category Side Dishes

Mashed Potatoes

5 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes
1 cup of Butter
2 cups of Chicken Broth
½ cup Sour Cream
1 tsp. Pepper
1 tsp. Kosher Salt
1 tsp.  Garlic salt or 4 fresh garlic cloves, minced
1 cup shredded mozzarella
If you are using real garlic, cook them in a  small pan on low with a little olive oil until cooked
Use a potato peeler and remove most of the skin or all of the skin
Cut potatoes into...
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Mashed Butternut Squash


1 pound Butternut Squash, cubed
2 Tbsp. butter (more if you desire)
2 Tbsp. milk (more if you desire)
Salt & Pepper to taste


Boil 4 cups of water and add cubed squash

When the squash is cooked through, drain the water

Use a potato masher and mash the squash until whipped looking

Add butter, milk, and salt/pepper

Super easy and healthy! Perfect in the fall.

The chicken was seasoned ...

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Honey Roasted Butternut Squash

In the produce fridge section at Costco around October, you will find a two pound package of Eat Smart cubed Butternut Squash. This recipe was under the label, so I gave it a try and was very pleased.


1 lb butternut squash, cubed

1 medium baking apple, peeled, cored and cubed (I used gala)

3 tablespoons butter, melted

3 tablespoons honey

1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg...
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Cranberry Sauce 1767

My husband and I love reading Cigar Aficionado magazine. In the November 2012 issue under the Good Life Guide/Gourmet I ran across this Cranberry Sauce recipe.

In a journal entry dated April 8, 1767, John Adams fondly recalls dining on roasted wild goose and stewed cranberry sauce...
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Buffalo Chips

1 Russet Potato
2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon of Garlic Festival Garli Garni – All Purpose Garlic Seasoning or make your own seasoning from garlic powder, salt and pepper
Wash the potato
Slice the potato into very thin slices
Sprinkle garlic seasoning all over potatoes
Heat olive oil to medium heat in a large frying pan
Place potato slices into the oil...
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Cucumber Salad

Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 min
Makes 4 servings


2 cups thinly-sliced cucumbers
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
Chives – optional
Crushed red pepper flakes – optional


Clean cucumbers, cut lengthwise, remove seeds, and use a sharp knife to 
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Elote Corn

This month I spent 24 hours at the Relay for Life in Chino. Around 3AM, we heard that one of the teams was serving grilled corn on the cob. After no sleep and starving, we headed over there. They had a line-up of different toppings. This was one of my favorite parts of the event. Free and delicious hot corn on the cob at 3AM. I had to come home and make it for my next dinner...
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Garlic Bread

***You can also use this garlic spread on sandwiches and burgers

¼ cup Canola Oil
9 whole garlic cloves
¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup Mayonnaise
1 Tsp. Dijon Mustard
1 Tsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. Cilantro, chopped
1 Tsp. Sugar
Pinch of White Pepper
1 French loaf
Optional: Shredded Cheese, Paprika, and Parsley
Take first two items and cook until garlic is browned b...
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Salted-Baked Potatoes

I got this idea from Outback Steakhouse. They have the best salted-baked potatoes!

You can do this two ways: Coated with egg whites or Olive Oil

4 Russet (baking) potatoes
1 egg white, lightly beaten or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup kosher salt

Clean and scrub potatoes
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Prick potatoes in several places with a fork or knife.
Coat each potato with egg white OR O...
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Brussel Sprouts

Paul Qui’s BRUSSELS SPROUTS. Found this recipe in the March 2012 PEOPLE Magazine.

The reigning Top Chef winner shares a dish that’s ‘a perfect combo of sweet, sour, spicy and salty,’ he says.


 Serves 4-6

2 lbs. brussels sprouts, halved

4 tbsp. olive oil

Juice and zest of 2 small lemons

Kosher salt

6 basil leaves, torn

Cilantra, torn

½ chili pepper, chopped and remove seeds (optional)


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