Side Dish


Roasted Parsnip, Carrot, Potato and Onion Gratin

One more reminder….only a few days left to enter the giveaway.  There is still time to win! Gorgeous Parsnips from KYV Farm Parsnips are a root vegetable related, not shockingly, to the carrot.  They are a bit sweeter and are great for soups or casseroles such as this gratin.  I’ll admit that we […]


Roasted Brussels with Creamy Mustard Sauce

Source Recently I got Brussels sprouts with my CSA. This was a first for me – getting them on the stalk. I have roasted them before and can’t say I liked them. Since they were from the farm I decided to give them another try. I roasted them and then […]


Hasselback Rutabaga 3

What I’ve learned by researching on Foodgawker for the most gawked recipe photos of all time (at least in Foodgawker time) is that that people like carbs.  Comfort food.  I’m with ya. Potatoes, chocolate chip cookies, mac n cheese – and anything that is golden in color. I’ve found a way to make […]


Florida Winter Potato Salad

Growing up in the Northeast was tough.  Especially since my dad kept the heat just high enough to keep the pipes from freezing. At night I slept with five blankets-when I first got in bed it was like diving into an 30 degree mountain stream. Finally by morning the bed was warm from body heat, but I couldn’t feel […]


Indian Spiced Beet and Carrot “Fries”

There is something about the Indian spice blend, garam masala that is so warm and inviting.  Cloves, nutmeg, star anise and cumin are a few of the sweet aromatics that make up this medley.  When I thought of what I wanted to do with the golden beets I got from my farm, […]


Carrot, Pepper, Raisin and Pumpkin Seed Goddess Salad

What’s the first thing you think of when you make a salad? Lettuce, right? Have you ever tried to bring a salad to work and forgotten the dressing? Boooring. Or thought, I’ll just put a little on and discovered a mushy mess at lunch? Well here is a great solution-pack […]


(Almost) Raw Moroccan Mango Chickpea Salad

One more day and I’ll be off; flying through the air, straight to San Francisco where we will be for four nights and then heading over to Sonoma for the next three nights for our 10th anniversary.  This is really the second major trip my hubby Chris and I have taken where we fly out […]


Pickled Radishes Two Ways (Daikon and Watermelon Radish) 12

Watermelon Radish   Recently we made a salad with shrimp on the grill and I whipped up some balsamic vinaigrette. I had sliced up some of my fresh watermelon radish I got from my csa but I have never been never a hugeradish fan so I was trying to figure out something creative to […]


Grilled Asparagus and Tomatoes 8

With the weather getting warmer I’ve been firing up the grill a lot more often.  I decided to make something simple and quick for dinner that all three of us could eat (my daughter has many food allergies and my husband loves simple grilled meats and veggies so I knew […]


Sweet Curry Roasted Butternut and Pear Salad with Walnuts 19

One of my favorite salads at Native Sun is a curry sweet potato pear salad with walnuts.  There is something about the sweetness of the pear and sweet potato against the spice mixture of the curry and the nutty walnuts that makes it a perfect balance.  I recreated it once […]


CSA (my) Week 6 and Daikon Radish Chips 17

What do you do with those crazy daikon radishes from your CSA box? Daikon radish chips, of course! Today was week 6 for my CSA veggies from KYV Farms but I haven’t had a chance to make a recipe plan so we’ll just have to wing it.  I can’t wait to try the beets, […]


Simple Sautéed Broccoli Rabe 10

For the star of this post…the broccoli rabe, also called rapini, I got from my CSA.     I’ll admit was a little scared of broccoli rabe.   I was scared, according to most recipes out there, of how bitter it would be.   As it turns out, there was no need […]


Eggplant with Caramelized Balsamic Reduction and White Wine 3

Hi all!  I’m back from camping in one piece.  We had a great time and I took tons of photos that I have yet to download as I’m in the process of changing over computers.  Hubby got me a new one for my birthday!  So bear with me in the […]


A Summery Quinoa Salad with Orange Vinaigrette 2

The past few weeks I’ve done two pasta recipes for my lunches so this week I decided to change it up and use quinoa instead.  According to Wikepedia: “Quinoa (pronounced /ˈkiːnoʊ.ə/ or /kwɨˈnoʊ.ə/, Spanish quinua, from Quechua kinwa), a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible […]


Butternut Squash and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing 6

Happy Thursday blogger friends!  I have good news and bad news.  The good news is this butternut squash recipe.  The bad news (for me) is that my beloved camera broke again (I can’t blame Canon though due to the unfortunate incident where it bumped the side of the car). On the positive […]


Bok Choy with Garlic and Ginger 1

At the farmers market a few weekends ago I bought a gorgeous head of bok choy and never got around to using it until I looked at it and realized I had to use it or it would go to waste.   That day there was an Amy’s meal I wanted for lunch so I cooked […]


My contribution to Christmas Eve Dinner: Cranberry Peach Chutney 1

Is everyone ready for Christmas?  I am almost done.  I just have a few more stocking stuffers to wrap.  For my contribution tonight I decided to do something with the bag of cranberries I’ve had in my fridge.  I thought reducing them with some organic Agave nectar would be really […]