Suffering Succotash

July 14, 2013

This dish looks and tastes like summer. The vivid color of the veggies, the freshness of the herbs and the brightness of the lemon make for a healthy and delicious side during the hot summer months.

I think the corn would be tasty grilled if you have the grill on already…it helps to not heat up the kitchen. (I also like to utilize the burner on our outdoor grill.) I used shelled beans from the farmer’s market and fresh basil from my garden. Also, I did not have canola oil so I used vegetable oil and it worked great.

My husband asked what exactly succotash was, so I looked up the history. Pretty interesting.

There are many ways to prepare succotash. What’s your favorite?


The Perfect Pickle

June 9, 2013

A nice, crisp pickle is the perfect accompaniment to your summer meal. That pickle tastes even better when it’s homemade.

I found this easy recipe on and was surprised how little salt it called for. I always think of pickles soaking in a salty brine, but this recipe brings together a mix of such fresh flavors that you don’t miss all the extra sodium. Next time, though, I’ll add less sugar (more like 1/8 cup) as I prefer a more savory pickle, than a sweet one. Play with the ingredients to make your perfect pickle and enjoy all summer long!


Pickles ready for the fridge!

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve started making lunch for the ladies in the office and I’m a big fan of Meatless Monday.  So, when I needed something to pair with a Cream of Tomato Soup, these were the perfect match!  I threw together a batch of these ridiculously easy zucchini tots one evening to “test” the recipe to make sure they were good…and, my husband and I devoured the entire pan before they could cool. Needless to say, they are delicious.

Not only are these tots easy to prepare, they can be frozen and reheated in the toaster oven for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack. An added bonus is your family will love them and it’s an tasty way to sneak some veggies into the pickiest of eaters. Feel free to play around with the vegetable and cheese combos.  I think carrots, squash or broccoli would be great substitutions as would monterey jack, swiss or muenster.

Zucchini Tots

printable recipe


  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ onion, diced
  • ¼ cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooking spray


Preheat oven to 400°. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Grate the zucchini over a paper towel. Pat the excess water out of the zucchini once grated. Combine all the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste. Fill the muffin tins with the mixture. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the tops are golden. Use a knife to help remove the muffins from the pan and enjoy!


Mix all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl (I was making a double batch in this pic).


Be sure to fill the tins to the top for a perfect-sized tot.

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A Side of Southern

December 20, 2011

Montgomery's Cheddar cheese

Image via Wikipedia

If you live in the South, you probably know a thing or two about Pimento Cheese. It’s a summertime staple, for one, and the secret to amazing PC is extra sharp cheddar. You can dress it up by adding dill, jalapenos or even bacon.

This gooey side-dish was a hit at Thanksgiving and has already been requested for upcoming gatherings. The cheese sauce is to-die-for and I think if you added a little chicken stock, you could turn it into a mean Pimento Cheese Soup. I’ve also thought you could layer with crispy hash browns for a great breakfast casserole — especially on Christmas morning. But back to the recipe at hand…

Pimento Cheese Gratin

Printable Recipe


3 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
1 1⁄2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1⁄4-inch thick rounds
3⁄4 cup heavy cream
3 shallots, finely diced (scant 1⁄2 cup)
1⁄4 teaspoon crushed dried red chile flakes
1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
One 9-ounce jar roasted red peppers or piquillo peppers, with their liquid
8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated (about 2 cups)


1. Heat the oven to 375°F, with racks positioned in the middle and the top third of the oven. In a 3- to 4-quart stockpot, bring 2 quarts water and 2 teaspoons of the salt to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Then drain, and set them aside.

2. Combine the cream, shallots, chile flakes, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, the black pepper, and 2 tablespoons of the liquid from the jar of roasted peppers in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook until the chile flakes have begun to stain the cream, about 2 minutes. Add half of the cheese and stir until it melts, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat.

3. Layer roughly a third of the potatoes in a 6-cup baking dish, overlapping them slightly so that they fit in an even layer. Scatter half of the roasted peppers on top of the potatoes (cut up any peppers that have remained whole so that they lie flat), and repeat layering potatoes and peppers until all the peppers and potatoes have been used. Pour the cream mixture over the potatoes and peppers, and agitate the dish to distribute the liquid throughout. Cover with aluminum foil and bake on the middle rack for 15 minutes.

4. Uncover the dish, sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, and place the dish on the top oven rack. Bake for 8 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and gently browned on top. Serve immediately.

A little hint: You can assemble this dish ahead of time and pop in the oven when you’re ready.

Just Beet It

December 15, 2011

I may have mentioned that I adore Hugh Acheson.  As a UGA alum, I remember when he opened Five & Ten and I fell in love with his perspective on supporting local produce just a few weeks ago.  Not to mention his beet and carrot salad.  I tweaked the original recipe a bit by roasting the veggies and subbing cilantro for parsley and it still made for a delicious side for the Bison Burgers we had for dinner last night.

Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad

Printable Recipe

For the salad

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound organic carrots, sliced
  • 2  beets, cleaned but not peeled
  • ¼ pound goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup Cumin Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
  • 1 cup pulled fresh cilantro leaves

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Lay out a sheet of aluminum foil and wrap the beets and carrots with it after drizzling with evoo and salt and pepper.  Roast for about 45 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.

After the beets cool, peel them using paper towels to rub off the skin. This is easier when they are still warm. Chop the carrots and mix in a bowl with chopped beets.  Crumble the goat cheese on top and set aside.

Add 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette and ½ cup of the cilantro to the beets and carrots and toss. Add 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette, the remaining cilantro and toss. Drizzle with a touch more of the vinaigrette.

For the vinaigrette

Makes ¾ cup

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted in a dry pan and then pulverized
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place the Dijon mustard in a bowl and whisk in the olive oil, then the lemon juice and the sherry vinegar. Add the cumin and the mint. Season with salt and pepper to taste. The vinaigrette will last for 10 days in the fridge.

Carrots Worth Dangling

June 3, 2011

I roasted these organic carrots on the grill.  To make a batch at home, simply layer a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, scatter carrots on top and drizzle with olive oil and a few pats of butter.  After a few sprinkles of salt and pepper, lay another sheet of aluminum foil on top and seal.  I laid the pan on the grill and let the carrots roast while we grilled corn and burgers on the other side, about 30 to 40 minutes.   Once removing them from the grill sprinkle with a little dill (fresh or dried) and serve.  The roasting brings out such a candy-like sweetness, you could serve them for dessert!

Roasted Carrots

  • Two bunches organic carrots
  • 1 Tbs Butter
  • 1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Dill to taste
Roasted Carrots

Sweet Roasted Carrots


Ancient Farro

May 2, 2011

I discovered farro a couple of months ago at a menu tasting for a work event.  It is said to be the oldest grain in the U.S. and can be cooked “risotto style” but is also delicious in soups and salads.  This easy make-ahead recipe is tasty on its own (I like to take for lunch) or a great fiber-filled side for any meal.  I get rave reviews whenever I prepare it and it’s currently one of my favorite things to throw together on a Sunday for the week.  I’m kinda obsessed with it.  After making it, I think you will be too.

Cook farro with red onion parsley and garlic

Cook farro with red onion, parsley and garlic

Cooling the farro after cooking

Cooling the farro after cooking

Farro Summer Salad

Farro Summer Salad

Farro Summer Salad Serves 8 to 12, as a side or main course
2 cups uncooked farro

1 medium red onion, cut in half
1 clove garlic
handful of fresh parsley plus 1 tablespoon finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more if needed
1 cup finely diced (about 1/4 “cubes) fresh mozzarella cheese
2 teaspoons minced pitted kalamata olives
1 pint grape tomatoes, cut into quarters
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
scant 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (I’ve also used Walnut Oil,it’s  equally as yummy)
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons agave nectar (or honey)

1.Add the farro, one onion half, garlic, handful of parsley and salt along with 2 3/4 cups water to a 2 quart pot. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off burner and let sit, covered, for 5 more minutes. Discard the onion, garlic and large pieces of parsley. Spread out on a rimmed sheet pan and let cool completely (do not skip this step or the mozzarella will melt into the finished dish). Ask a question about this step.
2.Whisk together the olive oil, vinegars and honey to prepare the dressing. Chop the remaining onion half finely. Add onion, cooled farro, mozzarella, kalamata olives, tomatoes, remaining tablespoon of parsley and basil to a deep bowl. Pour the dressing over the ingredients and stir well to combine, using a long wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Season with salt and pepper. The salad is ready to serve, but can also be made and stored in the fridge, covered, one day ahead.

Spud Muffin

April 11, 2010

These potatoes make a delicious side dish — especially for cheese lovers.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Caramelized Onions

  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (or ½ tablespoon dried)
  • 2 pounds all purpose potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons Emeril’s Creole Essence
  • 2 cups grated Gruyere, or Swiss cheese
  • 2 cups heavy cream or half-and-half


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart baking dish and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until the onions begin to caramelize, about 20 minutes. Add the thyme and garlic and cook 1 minute.

 Spread a layer of potatoes in the bottom of the prepared dish, slightly overlapping the slices. Season with Essence, and top with a layer of the onions, add 1 cup of cheese….followed by more potatoes and onions. Add the cream, top with cheese and cover with foil.

Roast until nearly all the liquid has been absorbed, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until golden brown and bubbly, an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.












Fingerlingin’ Good

February 23, 2010

This is an easy and tasty side dish — and goes with breakfast or dinner (I had mine alongside omelets).  Enjoy!

Garlicky Fingerling Potatoes

  • Two handfuls of fingerling potatoes, quartered, lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (dried or fresh)
  • Four garlic cloves

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Toss all the ingredients together in a baking dish, place in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork.

Ready to go into the oven