Side Dish

Chinese Pickles

Chinese Pickles

Throwing together a good dinner that won’t heat up the kitchen on these hot summer evenings can be a real pickle. But when life gives you such a pickle, I suggest making Granny’s Chinese Pickles. They are quick, flavorful, and pretty as a picture. These […]

Cucumber Salad with Cream Cheese

Cucumber Salad with Cream Cheese

After pickling a batch of cucumbers, making cucumber sandwiches, and loading up salad with cucumbers, I sometimes still find myself buried under a massive pile of cucumbers. Each week these refreshing green veggies make up a good portion of our  CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box of local […]

Summer Baked Beans-Looks Aren’t Everything

Summer Baked Beans-Looks Aren’t Everything

Granny’s Summer Baked Beans are packed with flavor, and they are so much more than just a hill of beans. But I have come to find out they are not the most photogenic dish in her recipe box. Flavor doesn’t photograph, which is unfortunate for […]

Tomatoes Vinaigrette-A Summer Salad You Can Bank On

Tomatoes Vinaigrette-A Summer Salad You Can Bank On

If I had a nickel for everytime someone asked me for the perfect tomato salad recipe, I would have no nickels. Luckily, the ingredients for Granny’s Tomatoes Vinaigrette recipe won’t break the bank and the result is solid gold. This recipe is simple, easy, and […]

Cheesy Stir-Fry – A Side Dish with a Twist

Cheesy Stir-Fry – A Side Dish with a Twist

I was very excited to make this Cheesy Stir-Fry that I found in the trusty old recipe box. We take part in a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program which usually includes most of these ingredients, and I’m always looking for new ways to use […]

Ham and Veggie Salad with Salsa Vinaigrette – Hi Hammy

Ham and Veggie Salad with Salsa Vinaigrette – Hi Hammy

This ham and veggie salad was quite the pleasant surprise. This is a don’t-judge-a-book-by-its-cover situation. It is not much to look at, but I can promise you it is worth a try. I love ham, but I really only considered it a holiday meat, or […]

Pesto Pasta-A Summer Flavored Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta-A Summer Flavored Pasta Salad

Picnic season is right around the corner! For some people, anyway. My New England picnic would have to include layering up, wearing knee socks, hot chocolate, and a thermos full of soup. Or I can keep making and devouring Granny’s pesto pasta. Despite my love […]

Stir Fry Salad – The Best Salad ‘Overall’

Stir Fry Salad – The Best Salad ‘Overall’

Who even knew you could stir fry salad? Granny had a binder of recipes in addition to her main recipe box. This recipe was on the very last page of the binder, and I initially thought that was a good place for it. I thought […]

Ambrosia-Fit for the Gods and Your Dinner Table

Ambrosia-Fit for the Gods and Your Dinner Table

The first time I had Ambrosia salad was at an all-you-can-eat buffet with Granny. It was probably an early bird special kind of buffet. And, I’m wondering why people make jokes about these early bird buffets. All the food you want, including dessert, before 6 […]

Game Day Mac and Cheese Puff – I’m Just Here for the Snacks

Game Day Mac and Cheese Puff – I’m Just Here for the Snacks

I’d like to start by saying that I have no idea why this baked mac and cheese dish is called a “puff.” There’s nothing “puffy” about it. In fact it is so non-puffy that it is almost burly. Not that burly men can’t be puffy – […]



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