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Category Archive for 'Super Simple Sides'

Just in time for Thanksgiving, I have a gadget that you need to know about… How to Use a Potato Ricer! I am something of a kitchen gadget queen, although with my limited storage, (no basement, very few upper cabinets) I’ve been trying to wean myself off of gadgets that have only one purpose. I […]

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Honey Roasted Acorn Squash! We have less than two weeks until Thanksgiving and something happened overnight with our weather and it’s finally fall in Florida. It always feels pretty weird to heat up the oven and cook fall foods when it’s still 85° out so I’ll take any cooler weather I can get. Fall brings […]

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First a disclaimer about Tarragon Fingerling Potatoes… This is not a real recipe.  We can call it a method, but I don’t want anyone to think….oh geez, now she’s boiling potatoes and calling it magical, or anything like that. I happen to have a friend who texts me with great angst whenever a certain someone on the […]

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Cheesy Chipotle Mashed Potatoes is the companion recipe to yesterday’s Crockpot Shredded Chicken with Chipotles. But let me assure you that you might soon be making these potatoes to go with EVERYTHING! These potatoes are sooooo good. Nice big chunks of potatoes with just a smoky hint of chipotle for a little zip. If you […]

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What to cook for Easter? If you’re hosting Easter dinner this Sunday or looking for a dish to bring along to celebrate with family & friends, we’ve got some suggestions that will put a spring in your step. Unlike holidays such as Thanksgiving that have a traditional menu, Easter gives you a chance to branch […]

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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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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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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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