Sides and Sauces

Banana Lime Salsa

Banana Lime Salsa

  My inspiration for this salsa was from Nuevo Latino by Douglas Rodriquez. Banana Lime Salsa for Seafood Makes 3 cups   Prep: 15 minutes  Cook: 10-15 minutes             Grated peel of two limes 2          Tbsp. lime juice 1          Tbsp. honey 1/4       tsp. salt 4          medium bananas, […]

Hint-of-Bitters Sweet Potatoes

Hint-of-Bitters Sweet Potatoes

Hint-of-Bitters Savory Sweet Potatoes 2-1/2 – 3 lbs. sweet potatoes (jewel or garnet) 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped 2 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1 tsp. salt * 1/2 tsp. dried thyme or rosemary (optional) 4 Tbsp. butter 2 -3 Tbsp. sour cream or Greek-style […]

Holiday Gifts in a Jar

Holiday Gifts in a Jar

Fruited Rice Pilaf Makes about 4 cups 2          teaspoons chicken bouillon crystals 1          teaspoon dried thyme 1/2      teaspoon onion powder 1/4      teaspoon ground black pepper 2          cups instant white or brown rice (5 minute cook) 1/2      cup thinly sliced Sun-Maid Dried Apricots 1/2      cup Sun-Maid […]

Couscous — A Super Speedy Side

Couscous — A Super Speedy Side

Wine & Rosemary Couscous Prep & Cook time:  10 minutes 1          cup water 1/3       cup Holland House white cooking wine or white with lemon cooking wine 1           Tbsp. butter 1/2       tsp. dried rosemary, crushed 1/4       tsp. salt 1           cup couscous, regular or whole wheat In a 3-quart […]

Asparagus with Warm Angostura Mayonnaise

Asparagus with Warm Angostura Mayonnaise

Roast Asparagus with Angostura Mayonnaise Drizzle Angostura Mayonnaise Drizzle 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 Tbsp. grated pecorino Romano cheese or a tangy Parmesan 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 tsp. grated lemon peel 1 tsp. Angostura Aromatic Bitters Roast Vegetables 1 – 2 lbs. asparagus spears, […]

Quick Pan-Roasted Romanesco

Quick Pan-Roasted Romanesco

Pan-Roasted Romanesco 1) Cut Romanesco vertically into quarters; trim and discard core.  Reserve leaves to cook with the romanesco. Cut them if they’re large. 2) Cut quarters into 1/2- inch thick wedges. 3) Heat a wide skillet over medium heat; add a generous pour of olive oil and […]

Gorgonzola and Cranberry Roasted Pears

Gorgonzola and Cranberry Roasted Pears

Gorgonzola and Cranberry Roasted Pears Makes 6 servings Prep time: 10 minutes Bake time: 30 minutes 3 medium Bosc or D’Anjou pears, halved, cored, peeled if desired 1/4 cup sweet wine such as Riesling or Muscat 1/3 cup Sun-Maid dried cranberries or cherries 1/3 cup […]

Baked Marsala Mushrooms

Baked Marsala Mushrooms

Great with roast turkey, beef or lamb. The Marsala-laced liquid from the mushrooms can be added to gravy for a sensational flavor boost. Baked Marsala Mushrooms Makes 4 – 6 servings 2          tablespoons butter, divided 1/3      cup Holland House Marsala cooking wine 1          tablespoon soy sauce […]

Sesame Peanut Cucumbers

Sesame Peanut Cucumbers

Ingredients for Sesame Peanut CucumbersThough I buy a wide array of produce, I am often pleasantly surprised with new vegetables and fruits in my CSA box. Like Armenian cucumbers.

Grill your veggies!  It’s easy.

Grill your veggies! It’s easy.

Rita’s Grilled Summer Squash Ingredients –  Summer squash – zucchini, crook neck, pattypan etc.  Any combination and any amount that fits the grill pan with enough room to stir veggies while cooking. –  Olive oil –  Balsamic vinegar (1-3 tablespoons), or wine vinegar (red or white) […]