Category Archive: Side Dishes

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

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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

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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Vegan for Everybody – and Secrets to Optimizing a Vegan Diet

Vegan for Everybody
America's Test Kitchen

I just got this book – oh my gosh – America’s Test Kitchen did it again! The recipes are delicious and doable. I’m already putting the Mushroom Bolognese, Whole Wheat Pancakes (no eggs!)  and Roasted Chili Rubbed Butternut Squash with Ranch Dressing on my to do list for next week. This book has something for …

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Make Ahead Baked Cornbread & Sausage Dressing

One last recipe to get you through the feast. BAKED CORNBREAD AND SAUSAGE STUFFING Make this a day ahead and reheat in microwave or oven. Or assemble it a day ahead, put in frig, covered, and then bake. It will take a little longer but will be yummy. Ingredients 1to 1-1/4#  pounds regular or sage …

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Out & About in Cincinnati

It was a busy week and so much fun. Here’s a look into what a typical week away from  my little patch of heaven looks like.        

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Cranberry Celebration Salad & Dried Cranberry Sauce w Apples

  CRANBERRY CELEBRATION SALAD LIKE KROGER   This is one of those recipes in my Recipe Hall of Fame. Each year I get requests for this very popular salad from the Kroger deli. Here they are once again. Marilyn Hoskin’s cranberry celebration salad Marilyn, a Milford reader, developed this from an Ocean Spray recipe and …

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Growing and Using Basil

  Purple and Green Basil A Guide To Growing Basil Harvesting and Preserving Basil for its Many Uses Here’s an article I wrote for Countryside Magazine. It’s timely since right now my basil is flowering like crazy! I’m willing to bet that if you start an herb garden, growing basil (Ocimum Basilicum) will be high …

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Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Tangy Yogurt Dressing

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Tangy Yogurt Dressing

  BROCCOLI CAULIFLOWER SALAD WITH TANGY YOGURT DRESSING Don’t be put off by the yogurt in the dressing for this Broccoli Salad. It’s a yummy salad with the tanginess of the dressing offset by the sweetness of the grapes. My neighbor, Sandy, brought me over a bowl of this and I just had to have …

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A different kind of dressing/stuffing for Turkey day

WHITE AND WILD RICE STUFFING/DRESSING WITH SAUSAGE, EXOTIC MUSHROOMS AND SCALLIONS A cooking class favorite! This is cooked on the stove, and can be done a day ahead and simply microwaved to reheat. This makes enough to serve 12-15  so feel free to divide the recipe in half, or even double it if you want. …

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Roasted Asparagus: Asparagus with Brie

Roasted Asparagus with Brie

A Recipe for roasted asparagus you’ll love. What a difference a few warm days make. The kids who live down the road brought me a baggie full of wild violets that they patiently picked. I’ll add that to what I’ve picked and I’ll have enough to make a batch of violet jelly (so gourmet!) and violet vinegar. After …

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