Side Dishes

Fruit & Veggie Muffins

Hi guys!

I’m still regaining my bearings after the car accident, so I haven’t gotten much done in terms of crafts or great cooking. I went to the fabric store and got some things for an upcoming project, though!

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a recipe that’s become a favorite in our house, particularly with Little Man. It’s not my own recipe, I found it on Food Network. You can find the recipe here.

The recipe is for muffins packed with fruits and vegetables. The recipe calls them “cupcakes,” but let’s be honest– unless your child has never seen a cupcake in their life, they won’t fall for these being cupcakes. They’re muffins.

I’ve made them twice now, and Little Man can’t get enough. Which is great because sometimes he can be really picky about what he’ll eat, and it’s usually not the healthy stuff he goes for first. (more…)

Wild Rice Stuffing

Wild Rice Stuffing

I have a confession to make.

I don’t like stuffing.

I know, it’s like a Thanksgiving heresy.

But often, stuffing is gummy and tastes strongly of celery and salt and the texture just gets to me. The boxed stuff is especially heinous.

I don’t begrudge others their love of stuffing. I just generally take a polite amount and keep it passing. But the thought of wild rice stuffing? That’s a stuffing I might be able to get behind.

Wild rice is a very Minnesotan thing. And one of my favorite foods of all time. (more…)

Bread & Butter Pickles

Well, as you may have noticed, I never got to my last-minute Halloween craft. We bought a car instead. Hooray. But that meant we got home late and missed most of the trick-or-treaters. Which means we have loads of leftover candy.

Which means I will have gained 10 extra pounds by the end of the week.

Anyway.

People generally come down on one side or the other when it comes to pickles: dill or sweet.

I generally like both types, but my all-time favorite kind of pickle is the bread & butter pickle. I have no idea why they’re called that, but they’re delicious so I don’t ask questions.

Bread & butter pickles are on the sweet side of the debate, but they’re different from regular sweet pickles. I think they have much more dimension of flavor. They’re filled with onions and garlic and mustard seed and turmeric and celery seed. So when I came across my grandma’s recipe for them, I couldn’t think of a better way to use my cucumber crop. (more…)

Garlic Bread To Die For!

Oh my gosh, this garlic bread.  Seriously.

I’ve always been a big fan of garlic bread.  I used to buy the frozen kind you can take home and bake, until one day I looked at the ingredient list and got completely creeped out by the sheer number of (mostly unidentifiable) ingredients.

This one is simple.  Only 4 or 5 ingredients (depending on whether you like herbs in your garlic bread) and it tastes soooo much better than the stuff you buy in the store.

So here’s what you’ll need: garlic.  bread.  olive oil.  butter.  and rosemary if you want.

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