Archives: Side dish

Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing

**Revised 11/24/2014** This is my favorite cornbread stuffing that I make using dried herbs, fresh veggies and a box of gluten free cornbread mix. The recipe is fairly simple. Bake the cornbread according to instructions on the box. Sauté all READ MORE

Lemon Parmesan Haricot Verts

This is my new “go to” side dish! I was inspired to cook something fabulous in my beautiful new bakeware I received as a gift from one of my dearest friends. In a constant effort to introduce something new to READ MORE

Greek Yogurt Baked Potato: Why Greek Yogurt?

The pseudo-guilt free baked potato! I love my baked potatoes, but when loaded with butter and sour cream, it becomes hard to find the buried nutritional value. Naturally gluten free, this baked potato is topped with one cup of Voskos READ MORE

Coconut Jasmine Rice

After having this at one of my favorite restaurants, I couldn’t wait to try this at home. It’s actually pretty easy to make, but still took me a couple attempts until I got it to taste like what I had READ MORE

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Red Onion

A delicious alternative to the garlic and butter soaked Brussels sprouts. Steaming these veggies first helped hold the beautiful green color, while roasting them provided a tender, but not soggy, sprout. These were pulled right off the ‘ol stalk! Steam READ MORE

Mango, Lime and Cilantro Chutney

We made this to go with our Pork Chops with Chili Rub last Saturday night and it is one of the sides that I could eat every day. Absolutely delicious! It is made with fresh mango, limes and cilantro from READ MORE

Quinoa Pagoda Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Basil and Feta Cheese

At least in Southern California, it is quickly becoming the time of year to retire casserole hot dishes and welcome spring salads with fresh, organic ingredients.

Gouda and Cheddar Potatoes Au Gratin

One of the very best potato dishes in the world! This, too, was inspired by the “Mother’s Best” Restaurant Comfort Food edition of Fine Cooking Magazine. (see previous Apple Crisp post) What I like so much about this recipe is READ MORE

Yogurt Baked Potato

I remember very clearly the first time my mom uttered the words, “Yogurt…it’s really good for you.” All I could think of was, “ewwww.”  For some reason, every time my mom thought something was good for us, I didn’t think READ MORE

Good ‘Ol Twice Baked Potatoes – Gluten Free


Twice-baked potatoes will forever remind me of my sister-in-law and my first visit to her house. She had made probably two dozen of these and had them waiting for us when we arrived. They are one of the best left READ MORE

Cheesy Potato Casserole – Comfort Food!


Pull up a nice toasty fireplace and enjoy some cozy comfort food on a cold fall evening. This cheesy potato casserole is super easy to make and it’s done in under 30 minutes.  It can be a side dish, or READ MORE

Grandpa’s Beer Bread – Gluten Free!


Well, waddya know? The new gluten free Bisquick played the part in my Grandpa’s Beer Bread recipe just like the “real” Bisquick!  This is incredibly easy to make. Only four ingredients: mix, pour and bake. The Bisquick definitely made it READ MORE

Red Corn and Five Pepper Pico de Gallo

This is one of those salsa recipes that you’ll keep around so you have something incredibly delicious to take to your next BBQ or family gathering. It’s easy to make and packed full of flavor. Chop and mix together.  You READ MORE

Manchego and Bacon Stuffed Jalapenos


If you’ve been following my posts this week, you might notice that I still haven’t made the gluten free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that I keep talking about. Instead, I have been distracted by some of the fresh produce I READ MORE

Picnic-Perfect Potato Salad – Gluten Free


So, I was perusing one of my favorite blogs ( when I came across an inspirational potato salad.  I gave it a try last night, and just had to share with you. I modified it slightly to accommodate what I READ MORE

Gluten Free Polenta, Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Appetizers


I have so much basil growing on my kitchen counter, it’s starting to look like a garden.  I normally just wrap up the tomatoes, sans anything else, in the basil and snack on it, but was inspired by the polenta READ MORE

Baked Polenta with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella


One of the things that I tell my boys is “try something new every day.” Of course, there are some days where we don’t make that opportunity happen. So, when I made the beef tenderloin (and although it was different…we’ve READ MORE

Slow-Roasted Garlic-Infused Red Potatoes


My cousin Aaron inspired this dish on my recent visit to Plano, Texas. It’s simply about a pound of sliced red potatoes, roasted with a whole head of garlic, and drizzled with olive oil, freshly ground pepper and course Kosher READ MORE

Halibut with Lemon Caper Sauce and Saffron Rice


Apparently, in a Mediterranean mood this weekend, I decided to make a lemon caper sauce for my fresh, wild California halibut. California Halibut is usually sold in fillets (because it’s generally a smaller than the Pacific Halibut), and like all READ MORE

Heavenly Baked Mac ‘N Cheese

For my gluten free friends who don’t think they can have old-fashioned Mac ‘N Cheese, think again! I’m conflicted with actually posting this dish because I feel like it should come with some kind of cholesterol and calorie warning. However, READ MORE

Garlic and Chive Mashed Potatoes


The potato is not the root of all evil. My posts are centered around comfort food in an effort to convince even the most unwilling that gluten free food tastes terrific! In my quest to also include healthy selections, I READ MORE

Scalloped Potatoes


The picture doesn’t quite do this dish of scalloped potatoes justice. This is one of the most flavorful side dishes and one of my favorite treats from my mom. It wasn’t difficult to recreate gluten free and the left overs READ MORE

Quinoa Pesto and Cherry Tomato Pasta Salad


I bought a box of Quinoa (keen-wah) pasta because of it’s high fiber and protein content. I wanted to make something different with it, so I decided to try it with pesto and organic cherry tomatoes. I bought it at READ MORE

Sondra’s Sweet Potato with Colby-Jack Cheese


This is my new favorite “fast food” when I’m in a hurry at night. I wish I could say it is also my kids’ favorite, but we’re working on that. This is simply an organic sweet potato with melted Colby-Jack READ MORE

Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes


These are our family’s famous “Party Potatoes.” They have been modified in recent years, yet we are quite attached to the original holiday recipe. These potatoes are one of the more involved aspects of our Thanksgiving dinner. It involves peeling, READ MORE

Carla’s Broccoli Nut Salad


My new favorite salad! There’s always a quandary in my house when serving broccoli. My younger son won’t touch it. My older son only wants it raw. My husband only wants it steamed. However, our school’s Vice President, Carla, brought READ MORE



I had every intention of getting this posted prior to Thanksgiving, but alas, my busy schedule prevented a timely post! My sister-in-law always serves popovers as a Thanksgiving-Day appetizer. My husband really missed them, so, in 2005 I set out READ MORE