Category Archive: Side Dishes

Bodacious Baked Beans for Memorial Day

Is there a picnic that doesn’t include baked beans? Don’t think so. But baked beans don’t have to be boring. Elevate them to new heights with this recipe, which is one of my most requested picnic side dishes. Yes, the ingredients are unusual but I think you’ll love the result.  These are also known as …

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Roasted Potatoes Tossed with Fresh Herb Lemon Pesto

Each week I chat with my friends on the Sonrise Morning Show about Bible foods and herbs. Today we talked about mint and its Biblical history. Mint was one of the tithing herbs, and used extensively during Bible times not only as a household herb (hanging mint in doorways and as a strewing herb on …

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Asparagus and Wild mushroom Bread Pudding – Oh Yeah!

Now if this isn’t serendipitous, I don’t know what is. I was weeding the asparagus patch and lamenting that it’s the middle of April and not 1 asparagus has poked through the soil. Ditto for wild morel mushrooms. Well, my neighbor Erin Phillips, who lives across the road, made a batch of asparagus and wild …

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Quick Chicken Marsala and Rapini

Are you as anxious as I am to get outside and “dig in the dirt”? It’s all about the experience, getting outside to enjoy Mother Nature. I really don’t think it matters whether you have 40 acres and a plow, a big vegetable garden, a tabletop garden, or simply a few flowers, herbs or other …

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What did the Ancient Israelites Eat?

Each week I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show. This week their pledge drive is going on, so if you can contribute either monetarily or with a prayer, I hope you do so. We talked today about what people of Bible days ate in the area of the world where Jesus was born. …

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Try Hearts of Palm Salad with Tomatoes, Chickpeas and Artichokes

  HEARTS OF PALM SALAD WITH TOMATOES, CHICKPEAS AND ARTICHOKES As Catholics we celebrate Palm Sunday with a special tradition at Mass, with the passing out of blessed palms.  Today Matt Swaim and I chatted about foods and herbs associated with Palm Sunday. The significance is that palm leaves were laid out on the path …

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Surprise! Green is not Original Color of St. Patrick + Awesome Potato Pancake Recipe

Trivia about St. Patrick and St. Patrick’s Day and my newest Potato Pancake Recipe Who was the man behind St. Patrick’s Day? He wasn’t even Irish.  The real St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family with a townhouse, a country villa, and plenty of slaves. …

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Loaded/Twice Baked Potato Casserole “Side Dish” of the Year

 Loaded Baked Potato Casserole      My friend, Carolyn Grieme, a N Ky reader, served this at her home when she entertained us and other friends. (Carolyn found it online).  It was so good and I think this potato casserole would be a perfect side to a holiday meal. I adapted it only slightly. This …

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How to Make First Watch Restaurant Dressing: Vegetable and Fruit Salad

I had a request from Andrea who loves First Watch’s dressing. I cloned it a long while back and thought it would be good to revisit the recipe for both the veggie & fruit salad. Here they are: RITA’S VERSION FIRST WATCH DRESSING Dressing for vegetable salad Go to taste on ingredients here. You can …

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Readers’ Request: Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Here’s a recipe that’s a reader favorite. Some comments: “I made it a couple of times and my family loved them also–they were sort of like au gratin potatoes but more simple to make.” “I used Mexican blend cheese and it was delicious.” Ingredients 1 teaspoon minced garlic 6 medium potatoes, …

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