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I’ve done a few of these Thanksgiving round up posts in the past and was going to skip it this year until I found myself googling “slow cooker Thanksgiving side dishes” last night. Jim has an office lunch tomorrow and they don’t have much in the way of a kitchen for cooking or reheating. I […]

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Yesterday my friend Larry was telling me about a group of people out in North Dakota or someplace who sit around and make up those “national days” of the year then put them on Twitter.  You know…Black Cat Day, followed by Crazy Cat Lady Day, Eat Pie Day, etc. Why should those folks get all […]

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Last week when I posted the recipe for Braised Pork Chops with Carrots I gave you just a little sneak peak at what turned out to be my favorite part of the meal… Corn, Zucchini & Spinach Gratin! While I love the traditional creamy, cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin, I feel like those are just a little too sinful […]

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Easy Carrot Salad! My mom used to make this when I was a kid and it was my job to grate the carrots. I never minded because whoever did the grating got to eat the little carrot nubs too. We always called this Carrot & Raisin Salad but I was afraid that if I put […]

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Roasted Potato & Asparagus Salad. We’re roasting potatoes for a salad! What a great idea. Wish I’d thought of it. I’m a huge fan of roasted potatoes (especially Smoky Roasted Potatoes) so when I saw a recipe that used roasted rather than boiled potatoes for a salad, I was eager to try it. Add roasted asparagus […]

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Roasted Carrots with Mint have quickly become my favorite vegetable. I don’t know why it never occurred to me to put mint on roasted vegetables before, but it is a heavenly idea. And if you’ve never roasted carrots before, you’re in for a sweet treat! Here’s what you need: Carrots, Fresh Mint, Olive Oil, Salt […]

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Before you say, “EWWW! Gross, beets” and click away, allow me to try to convince you… My theory is that most people who hate beets have never had fresh from the garden, into the oven, lightly seasoned, roasted beets. If your only experience with beets is the pickled kind or heaven forbid, the canned and pickled […]

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When I lived up north and had a big vegetable garden, it was a miracle if the snow peas made it into the house. Same for the sugar snap peas. I’d stand out in the garden and eat them right off the vines. Even snow peas from the store shine in this simple and easy […]

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I thought we should make a new category here at Idiot’s Kitchen…Super Simple Sides! Smoky Roasted Potatoes are a good place to start. You can’t get much better or more simple than potatoes roasted in the oven. Add a little (or in my case, a lot) of smoked paprika and ordinary potatoes are transformed with […]

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Time to fire up the grill for an unusual but extremely tasty dinner. Marinated Skirt Steak with Cucumber Radish Salad borrows big flavors from Vietnamese cuisine. A simple marinade provides depth of flavor to the steak which cooks quickly to tender deliciousness on the grill. A crisp salad of cucumbers & radishes, along with some […]

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