Category Archives: Sides

Simple Roasted Cauliflower

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Sometimes the simplest foods taste the best. Take roasted cauliflower for example. Olive oil, salt, pepper, and a splash of lemon juice are all that is needed to turn a humble head of cauliflower into something extraordinary. Normally I wouldn’t … Continue reading

Steakhouse Corn

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For me, the best part of a steakhouse dinner is the side dishes. You know how they list them on the menu and say that you can choose two? Well, I’m always SO challenged to pick just two. They all … Continue reading

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Emeril’s Creamed Spinach

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Creamed spinach is a special treat for me. While I try to eat spinach regularly, cooking it with cream is something I mostly save for holidays or special occasions like a Steakhouse Dinner at Home. Creamed spinach takes just a few minutes … Continue reading

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Asparagus Gratin

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Easter Sunday is this weekend. How will you be celebrating? If your Easter plans include fresh asparagus, here is a beautiful recipe that will have even the kids coming back for more… Asparagus Gratin. I’ve adapted this gratin from a … Continue reading

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Julia’s Hash Browns

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I love Sunday breakfast! It’s fun to make a big breakfast on Sunday since there is no rush to get out of the house. I even have a Sunday Morning playlist on my iPod for just such an occasion. I … Continue reading

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Make Ahead Dinner Rolls

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Today it occurred to me that Thanksgiving is less than a week away. At first, when I realized that the BIG Turkey Dinner was quickly approaching I got a little lot anxious. You know the feeling: your mind starts whirling, … Continue reading

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Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

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Mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving must. If your space in the kitchen is limited, or you have been asked to bring the mashed potatoes to somebody else’s house, or if you just like to be organized and get things prepped ahead … Continue reading

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Farro Dressing with Greens & Apples

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If you’ve been reading A Passionate Plate for a while, you know how much I love Bluebird Grains Farm, and their locally grown products like organic emmer farro. Farro is an ancient grain originally grown in the Mediterranean. It has … Continue reading

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Corn Soufflé

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Corn Soufflé… soft, fluffy, creamy and slightly sweet, with just a hint of cayenne pepper. Lighter than mashed potatoes with more flavor, too. This is a recipe I have learned to appreciate – even love. I had never made corn … Continue reading

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Crooked Witches Fingers

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Another easy, tasty, scar-rrrry treat. Simple shape Cheddar Cornmeal Cracker dough into “fingers” and top with an almond. Increase baking time to about 30 minutes since the dough will be thicker. EnJOY!

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Touch of Grace Biscuits

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Happy Sunday morning! Just look at that lovely pan of Touch of Grace biscuits. Those are not the biscuits you buy in a can (you remember pressing the seam with a spoon and that “P*O*P!” sound the can made, right?!). … Continue reading

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Jalapeño Chili Creamed Corn

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You know what I get excited about? My Venti Americano every morning. Watching my dog, Charley, field her ball with the skill of a pro baseball player. The view of the sapphire-colored water as we approach to make our landing … Continue reading

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Marinated Carrots

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Labor Day is less than a week away! Where did the summer go? I need a couple more weeks in August to finish up all of my “harvest” projects. I came home from my weekend of hiking and biking in … Continue reading

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Thai-style Marinated Cucumber Salad

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Do you love Thai food as much as I do? I just can’t get enough of it! The flavors are all so fresh.  And bold. And healthy (unless I lose control and order that amazing “Crack Chicken” – listed as … Continue reading

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Thai Peanut Noodle Salad

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Our book group met last night.  It was a fabulously perfect day in Seattle, and we dined in Cathy’s gorgeous backyard amidst all of the blooming flowers, herbs, dogs.  Yep!  She invited my Yellow Lab, Charley, to hang out with … Continue reading

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Citrus Basmati Rice Salad

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Basmati rice has so much flavor, it makes an excellent cold salad. We love serving this at parties and it makes a wonderful accompaniment for Chicken Breast Marbella. Fresh herbs and a refreshing citrus vinaigrette keep the flavor light. Citrus … Continue reading

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Bachelor’s Baked Beans

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Marvin knows how to throw a really great party. By the time I came into his life five years ago, Marvin had already hosted countless backyard BBQs, holiday dinners, late night bonfires, birthday celebrations, Super Bowl parties, impromptu wine tastings … Continue reading

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Baked Ricotta Cups

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I was feeling a little blue today.  When I opened my eyes this morning (mind you, it’s JUNE), it was gray and rainy and 40-some degrees.  Well, it is Seattle, after all, right?  No!  I mean – yes, it’s Seattle, … Continue reading

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Stir-fried Vegetables in Black Bean Butter Sauce

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  Stir-fried Vegetables in Black Bean Butter Sauce Print Recipe type: Sides, Vegetables Author: A Passionate Plate Serves: 4 Fermented black bean paste can be found in Asian specialty grocery stores, but a similar black bean garlic sauce by Kikkoman … Continue reading

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Coleslaw with Sweet Buttermilk Dressing

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Cabbage, like a lot of green leafy vegetables, is made up of mostly water. When combined with salt or vinegar, cabbage weeps – and all of that water seeps out, which is why coleslaw often turns soupy. But, if you … Continue reading

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Sugar Snap Pea Salad

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Aloha!  I am writing this from our home-away-from-home in Maui, Hawaii.  I’m always on the look-out for light, easy, limited-ingredient recipes to enjoy while we are in the condo here.  On the flight over, I found the perfect recipe in … Continue reading

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Oven-Roasted Parsnip Fries

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Joy gave me a beautiful cookbook for Christmas – A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes by David Tanis. It’s a cookbook comprised of twenty-four seasonally inspired menus with recipes meant to be served family style. David Tanis is the … Continue reading

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Rosemary Irish Soda Bread

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  A bit o’ luck o’ the Irish helped me create an easy and delicious dinner to serve for St. Patrick’s Day  -  Guinness Marinated Flank Steak and this Rosemary Irish Soda Bread.  I’m not a big fan of the … Continue reading

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Ginger Glazed Carrots

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Ginger Glazed Carrots are an elegant, yet easy to make vegetable that Toby and Marvin LOVE (most kids do, too… could it be the sugar?). For times when you are looking to add a pop of color to your plate, … Continue reading

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Green Bean Bundles with Bacon Balsamic Glaze

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Crisp green beans tied into neat little bundles then sautéed in balsamic vinegar and bacon and a touch of sugar… I call that LOVE. This is another “make-ahead” vegetable perfect for entertaining, especially if you will be plating up your … Continue reading

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Bubble Garlic Bread

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How crazy is it that I actually get excited about new garlic bread recipes?!  Seriously, it’s just bread with butter and garlic, but how YUMMY is that?!  Recently, I read a Facebook post by my friend Dyann that her husband … Continue reading

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Emily Uematsu’s Chinese Fried Rice

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As many of you know, my sister, Beth, has lived in Japan with her family for almost twenty years. In Beth’s house, Chinese fried rice is the ultimate comfort food… something she whips up when her girls are tired and … Continue reading

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How to Cook Dry Beans

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The local Farmers Market often has a wonderful selection of fresh, dry beans and peas.  They really do taste better than the canned version, especially if you add a little seasoning to them while soaking, and then, again, while cooking. … Continue reading

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Cauliflower Mash

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Some people refer to this recipe as “Faux” or “Mock” Mashed Potatoes, but let’s call a spade a spade – this is cauliflower! And what’s wrong with that? Cauliflower is delicious, good for you, and has fewer calories and carbs … Continue reading

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Yukon Gold Potato Latkes

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What would a Hanukkah dinner be without latkes? Not right, that’s what. Just to clarify, I am not Jewish and I didn’t grow up eating latkes.  My introduction to these crispy potato pancakes came when I worked at The Bush … Continue reading

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Stir-Fried Broccolini

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Broccolini – the hybrid cross between broccoli and kai-lan (Chinese broccoli) –  is mild and tender and really good for you. Here is a quick broccolini stir-fry recipe adapted from The Joy of Cooking that works perfectly with Asian entrees like … Continue reading

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Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

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This is the most requested recipe I have ever made. When I worked at Ray’s Boathouse in the catering department (many, many years ago), one of the other cooks shared this inspired combination with me. I have made it for Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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