This Green Chile Rice has enough flavor to be a delicious side dish but is simple enough to be a great base for your next taco bowl or burrito bowl. And if you’re tired of soggy, sticky, scorched, or clumpy rice, keep reading to discover my favorite techniques for a perfect pot of fluffy rice. Continue reading →
Entries Tagged 'Side Dishes'
Here’s a post from the archives, originally published in 2010. There are delicious fresh local melons still available just about everywhere, including in my garden, so I thought the timing was right for this simple little salad to make another appearance.
I bought a delicious Crenshaw melon at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday and after eating a few slices for breakfast yesterday morning, decided to turn the rest of it into melon balls. I had no particular reason for wanting to do this, it just seemed like a fun thing to do. And we all know that food tastes better when it’s cut into fun shapes, right?
As I was scooping out the flesh with the antique melon baller that has been in my family for as long as I can remember, I thought about the half-empty container of fresh mini mozzarella balls in the refrigerator. I had never combined melon with mozzarella before, but the melon balls and mozzarella balls were the same size and shape and the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like they were destined to end up in the same bowl. Continue reading →
I’ve been seeing pictures of grilled avocados and grilled guacamole all over the place lately and I’ve been dying to try it. Around here, we like to throw just abut anything on the grill, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to grill avocados, especially since we eat them at least a few times a week. Continue reading →
Have you eaten too many chocolate bunnies and deviled eggs lately? This pink grapefruit and avocado salad is a delicious way to transition into healthier spring eating.
We’re actually on the tail end of citrus season around here, but the pink grapefruit that arrived in my CSA box reminded me of this salad I made last year and I had to finally share it with you. This Grapefruit Vinaigrette with Honey and Coriander is so delicious on its own that I kept the salad nice and simple. I tossed together some butter lettuce, chopped avocado, and grapefruit segments and it made a perfect light lunch. Continue reading →
This was originally posted on election day four years ago, but I’m updating and bringing it forward because I have the same message for you today and these oven-baked sweet potato fries with rosemary and garlic are just as appealing to me now as they were back then. These delicious baked sweet potato fries have so much flavor, you’ll never miss that they aren’t deep-fried. Continue reading →
I had this delicious apple carrot salad with cilantro and feta for lunch today and although I’ve never combined these exact flavors before, I’m really happy that I gave it a try. The sweetness of the apples and carrots is cut by a tart lemon vinaigrette and the cilantro and feta turn an ordinary side dish into something really special. Continue reading →
Several years ago, while finishing college in Eugene and living with my then new (but now ex) in-laws, I ran across a recipe online for a coleslaw with bacon and blue cheese. The finished salad was decorated with cherry tomatoes and called Red, White, and Blue Slaw Salad. I loved the idea of coleslaw with bacon and blue cheese and it turned out to work very well with my standard sweet, tart, and creamy coleslaw dressing. The salad was a huge hit with the family, who took to calling the salad Nicoleslaw and requested it whenever we’d barbecue. Continue reading →
This is a recipe from the archives that I decided to dust off and pull forward to help you use up all the delicious zucchini and tomatoes that I hope you’re inundated with. Enjoy!
It’s still hot here, but the nights are cooling down enough that I’m starting to believe that I might have actually made it through another summer. By the end of August in Fresno, it starts to feels like the summer will never end. School starts, Halloween decorations appear in stores, friends in other parts of the country start talking about pumpkin this and maple that, but the heat is still stifling and it’s hard to even imagine that jeans and sweaters will ever be needed again. But it’s September now and something has started to change. The daytime temperatures are in the 90’s rather than 100’s and if I sleep with a window open and the fan on, I am actually comfortable under a blanket at night instead of just a sheet. Fall might not be here yet, but at least the end of summer is in sight. I’ll take what I can get. Continue reading →