Vegetables

Crispy Brussel Sprouts

Crispy Brussel Sprouts

1. Trim and slice the sprouts lengthwise and mix in a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper. 2. Dump in the air fryer,or, as shown, in the crisper basket of the Ninja Foodi. 3. Air fry at 390 or 400 degrees for six minutes, open up, toss and fry for...

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is our favorite green vegetable around here, partly because we grow it. I've tried and failed to grow spinach, and we don't particularly care for beet greens or collard greens. But we all really love chard. What a surprise when we found out you don't...

Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut

I think sauerkraut is delicious right out of the bottle or can. Makes my mouth water to think about it. There's certainly nothing wrong in serving it either heated or cold right out of the package. It goes great with Polish Sausage, Bratwurst, or hot dogs. Most people...

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

One of the favorite ways to fix vegetables at my house is also very simple. Roasting them in the oven smells great, looks great, and tastes even better. This photo shows some veggies from the other night ready to go into the oven. As it happens, they are all from our...

Butterstick Squash

Butterstick Squash

We use this recipe for most of our hard-shelled squash, like Butternut and Acorn. One of the tricks to this kind of squash cutting it. So I keep a rubber mallet in one of the kitchen drawers. That's right, a rubber mallet. Instead of sawing your way through a hard...

White Rice

White Rice

We use this recipe for most of our hard-shelled squash, like Butternut and Acorn. One of the tricks to this kind of squash cutting it. So I keep a rubber mallet in one of the kitchen drawers. That's right, a rubber mallet. Instead of sawing your way through a hard...

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

Long grain white rice is a great accompaniment to many dishes, such as the Pork Cashew dish shown here. You can make rice on the stovetop, in a microwave, or in a rice cooker. I usually use a rice cooker because it's foolproof; it calls for 1 1/2 cups of water for...

Potato Pancakes

Potato Pancakes

Ratatouille (rat-ta-too-ee) is a classic French vegetable casserole that uses eggplant as one of its ingredients. My first taste of it, however, wasn't in France, or even in a French restaurant. Chuck's Steakhouse, one of the pioneering Southern California / Hawaiian...

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

This has got to be the best thing you can do with leftover mashed potatoes. It just takes a few minutes, and can turn any breakfast (or dinner) into a treat. Of course you don't have to use leftovers. But for me, if I'm going to have them for breakfast, leftovers...

Boiled Potatoes

Boiled Potatoes

Mashed potatoes can be the most delicious side dish, or can be a starchy, mushy, tasteless mess. Let's use this foolproof method to make some that everyone will rave about, whether you add gravy or not. I use good old Russets mainly, although Yukon Gold work well and...

Baked Potatoes

Baked Potatoes

Boiled potatoes go great with lots of dishes, and are delicious and easy to prepare. They go especially well with entrées like sausage and corned beef. All you do is peel the potatoes and cut them into bite-sized chunks. Cover them with lightly salted water in a...

Preparing Chiles

Preparing Chiles

We call our baked potato recipe "Streeterville" baked potatoes, and probably only those of you in Chicago will know where Streeterville is. For the rest of you, Streeterville is a section of town near Navy Pier, where many years ago a local character named Streeter...

Pearl Onions in Parmesan Cream Sauce

Pearl Onions in Parmesan Cream Sauce

Anaheim (or California) chiles, New Mexico chiles, and Ancho (also called Pasilla) chiles are among the most popular large-size chiles used in Mexican and Southwestern food. Sometimes they are used raw, such as in our recipe for Chipotle Short Ribs. However most of...

Pan Roasted Potatoes

Pan Roasted Potatoes

Mashed potatoes can be the most delicious side dish, or can be a starchy, mushy, tasteless mess. Let's use this foolproof method to make some that everyone will rave about, whether you add gravy or not. I use good old Russets mainly, although Yukon Gold work well and...

Pan Browned Red Potatoes

Pan Browned Red Potatoes

The key to this recipe is to partially cook the potatoes before browning them in the skillet. This not only saves time, but it also gets the inside cooked without overcooking the inside. You want the outside crisp and golden and the inside tender, but not dried out. I...

Oven Fried Potatoes

Oven Fried Potatoes

These potatoes are very tasty, good-looking, and very easy to make. For small red potatoes, you'll need three or four per person. After washing them cut the potatoes in half, if they're small, or into chunks if they are larger. Put them in a Pyrex bowl with a 1/4 inch...

Onion Rings

Onion Rings

This is a French method of frying the most delicious, crisp, and tender potatoes you'll find. I used small red potatoes for this recipe, but you can use regular spuds cut any way you like: French fry size, steak fry size, wedges, or chunks. The oil and potatoes are...

Hoppin’ John

Hoppin’ John

We use this recipe for most of our hard-shelled squash, like Butternut and Acorn. One of the tricks to this kind of squash cutting it. So I keep a rubber mallet in one of the kitchen drawers. That's right, a rubber mallet. Instead of sawing your way through a hard...

Green Beans and Onions

Green Beans and Onions

One of the favorite ways to fix vegetables at my house is also very simple. Roasting them in the oven smells great, looks great, and tastes even better. This photo shows some veggies from the other night ready to go into the oven. As it happens, they are all from our...

Grandma’s Green Beans

Grandma’s Green Beans

Swiss chard is our favorite green vegetable around here, partly because we grow it. I've tried and failed to grow spinach, and we don't particularly care for beet greens or collard greens. But we all really love chard. What a surprise when we found out you don't...

German Red Cabbage

German Red Cabbage

We call our baked potato recipe "Streeterville" baked potatoes, and probably only those of you in Chicago will know where Streeterville is. For the rest of you, Streeterville is a section of town near Navy Pier, where many years ago a local character named Streeter...

French Fries

French Fries

Long grain white rice is a great accompaniment to many dishes, such as the Pork Cashew dish shown here. You can make rice on the stovetop, in a microwave, or in a rice cooker. I usually use a rice cooker because it's foolproof; it calls for 1 1/2 cups of water for...

Easy Cheesy Potatoes

Easy Cheesy Potatoes

I've been making hash browns since I was a kid. But I had never been fully satisfied with the results. They always seemed too moist and gummy. I finally learned the secrets to great hash browns, and you're going to learn them here. For this lesson, you will need some...

Dicing and Slicing Onions

Dicing and Slicing Onions

I found this recipe in the CostCo cook book, and decided to try it more or less for fun. Well, it was a huge hit. Everyone from the kids to Grandma absolutely loved it. The following day, I found that someone was raiding the leftovers for a snack. And Ms. Cooking Dude...

Deep Fried Potatoes

Deep Fried Potatoes

OK, here's real County Fair Food. And man, is it good! Ranks right up there with the Deep Fried Spam and Twinkies. These potatoes are a little bit of trouble to get set up for, but it's worth it. Serve 'em with burgers, steak, or just by themselves. If you want, you...

Corn on the Cob

Corn on the Cob

I found this recipe in the CostCo cook book, and decided to try it more or less for fun. Well, it was a huge hit. Everyone from the kids to Grandma absolutely loved it. The following day, I found that someone was raiding the leftovers for a snack. And Ms. Cooking Dude...

Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts

OK, here's real County Fair Food. And man, is it good! Ranks right up there with the Deep Fried Spam and Twinkies. These potatoes are a little bit of trouble to get set up for, but it's worth it. Serve 'em with burgers, steak, or just by themselves. If you want, you...

Blackeye Peas

Blackeye Peas

These tiny cabbages are not only good but good for you. But a lot of people don't know how to cook them, don't like the smell or taste, and never eat them. That's a shame, because properly cooked and flavored even kids like them. Give it a try. When you pick out the...

Pan Roasted Zucchini

Pan Roasted Zucchini

Especially on New Year's Day I get requests for blackeye peas from folks who want good luck for the coming year. And every year I try to make them taste good, and don't succeed very well. So I usually recommend making hoppin' john instead. But hoppin' john, as...

Green Beans Italiano

Green Beans Italiano

These tiny cabbages are not only good but good for you. But a lot of people don't know how to cook them, don't like the smell or taste, and never eat them. That's a shame, because properly cooked and flavored even kids like them. Give it a try. When you pick out the...

Bistro Carrots

Bistro Carrots

Especially on New Year's Day I get requests for blackeye peas from folks who want good luck for the coming year. And every year I try to make them taste good, and don't succeed very well. So I usually recommend making hoppin' john instead. But hoppin' john, as...

Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice

These delicious carrots can be made from baby carrots, as in the photo, or from larger ones cut to size. Either way, this has to be one of the most delicious and easy carrot recipes. 2 lbs. carrots 3 tablespoons butter sprig of thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 3...

Chiles Rellenos

Chiles Rellenos

This Mexican rice recipe is better than any other I've tried so far. The flavor is outstanding, and the colors and textures make any dish look better. This makes enough for six or seven servings, so you might have some left over. If so, that's a bonus, because it can...

Pinto Beans, Refried Beans, and Drunken Beans

Pinto Beans, Refried Beans, and Drunken Beans

These delicious carrots can be made from baby carrots, as in the photo, or from larger ones cut to size. Either way, this has to be one of the most delicious and easy carrot recipes. 2 lbs. carrots 3 tablespoons butter sprig of thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 3...

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers

This Mexican rice recipe is better than any other I've tried so far. The flavor is outstanding, and the colors and textures make any dish look better. This makes enough for six or seven servings, so you might have some left over. If so, that's a bonus, because it can...

Green Chile Casserole

Green Chile Casserole

Here's one of the family's favorite comfort foods. But it's important to make them correctly, or they may wind up a tasteless pasty or greasy mess. Like meatloaf, there are many more bad recipes out there than good ones. This one is great, and even if you don't think...

Potato Salad

Potato Salad

Technically, maybe this is a "strata" rather than a casserole. But whatever you call it, it is always a huge hit around here. I generally make it for breakfast for special occasions or when we have overnight guests. Last time I made it the compliments (and requests...

Guacamole

Guacamole

Here's one of the family's favorite comfort foods. But it's important to make them correctly, or they may wind up a tasteless pasty or greasy mess. Like meatloaf, there are many more bad recipes out there than good ones. This one is great, and even if you don't think...

Chimichangas

Chimichangas

Technically, maybe this is a "strata" rather than a casserole. But whatever you call it, it is always a huge hit around here. I generally make it for breakfast for special occasions or when we have overnight guests. Last time I made it the compliments (and requests...

Avocado Relish

Avocado Relish

Chimichangas are a real taste treat! They are actually deep-fried burritos, usually filled with refried beans. If you don't have a deep fryer, it doesn't matter much; just heat 1/2 or so of oil in a skillet and cook them there. It's a little slower because they only...

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