Side Dishes

Side dishes make your meal complete.  Pick your favorite recipe for tonight’s dinner!

Fresh Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Fresh Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This Fresh Homemade Cranberry Sauce is staple on our Thanksgiving Table! Some people think of cranberry sauce as an after thought, but I think it’s the glue that holds the Thanksgiving Meal together! The tartness cuts through the heaviness of all the other dishes. I know there is a lot […]

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole is a must have on my Thanksgiving Table! I enjoy sweet potatoes all year round, but sweet potato casserole is extra special. This recipe is a version of my mom’s. I cut back on some of the sugar. It’s still sweet, but not “too” sweet. Brown sugar […]


Crispy Baked Eggplant Fries

Crispy Baked Eggplant Fries are a favorite in our house! They’re crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. I like to serve them with a side of tomato sauce for dipping. Most eggplant fries are made in a deep fryer. They are without a doubt delicious, but the […]


Herbed Green Beans with Almonds

This Herbed Green Beans with Almonds recipe is a great way to elevate the basic green bean and turn it into a celebratory dish! Also, its quick and easy enough to prepare on a weeknight. The herb and citrus dressing makes these green beans extra special. Plus, the toasted almonds […]

Italian Stuffed Bell Peppers

Italian Stuffed Bell Peppers

Italian Stuffed Bell Peppers are a delicious example of a Mediterranean comfort dish. They are easy to make, but richly satisfying at the same time. Our version contains a filling of ground bison, rice shaped orzo pasta, our basic tomato sauce and lots of gooey mozzarella cheese! We lightened them […]


Roasted Butternut Squash Agrodolce

Roasted Butternut Squash Agrodolce is a new and different twist on butternut squash! The squash is roasted in the oven than dressed with a tangy sweet-and-sour vinaigrette, and topped with pomegranate seeds and fresh mint! The roasting imparts a deep, rich flavor to the butternut squash. The pomegranate seeds bring […]


Mrs Maltezos Lentil Soup

Mrs Maltezos Lentil Soup is warm and comforting. Its perfect on a cold day with a crusty piece of toasted bread for dunking. This light soup is lightly seasoned with bay leaves and finished with a little tomato juice. Its takes less than an hour to make this easy soup. […]


Nannu’s Sicilian Escarole Soup

Nannu’s Sicilian Escarole soup is a dish that Joe remembers fondly from his childhood. It is simple yet comforting and very easy to make. Joe’s grandfather made this dish for lunch on a regular basis. Nannu is Sicilian for Grandfather. Sicilian is one of the many different dialects of the […]


Pasta with Romanesco and Pancetta

Pasta with Romanesco and Pancetta is a light pasta that is quick to toss together making it perfect for a quick weeknight meal. I combine penne pasta with Romanesco aka Roman Cauliflower and diced Pancetta. Top it with lots of Pecorino Romano cheese and you have a simple and tasty […]


Red Cabbage with Apples

Red Cabbage with Apples is a one of my favorite side dishes. It is a simple side dish that is homey and comforting. It pairs well with Joe’s Seared Pork Chops. Pork, cabbage and apples are a classic combination. Red Cabbage with Apples is a quick and delicious side dish […]


Butternut Squash, Cherry and Hazelnut Salad

Butternut Squash, Cherry and Hazelnut Salad is a delightful salad filled with a variety of textures and flavors. I like to roast butternut squash and add it to this salad along with dried cherries, chopped hazelnuts and crumbled goat cheese. Dress it with a simple vinaigrette made from sherry wine […]


Classic Fennel and Orange Salad

Classic Fennel and Orange Salad is an Italian classic for a reason. I love the crunchy anise flavor of the fennel and the sweetness of the oranges. This salad is easy to toss together quickly. Try different varieties of Oranges in Classic Fennel and Orange Salad You can use any […]