Archive for the ‘Side Dishes’ Category

Fresh Asparagus Recipes

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

One of the many vegetables that tastes better when its fresh is asparagus. Since this spring vegetable is now in season, we’ve rounded up a few recipes for adding asparagus to your plate this spring, whether you’re hosting an afternoon garden party or evening barbecue; starting with a basic (and versatile) olive oil and Parmesan cheese recipe.

Asparagus

◊ Parmesan Asparagus

What you’ll need
(in addition to the asparagus):

  • 1 part olive oil
  • 2 parts Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine olive oil and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Spread out asparagus on a baking sheet and drizzle with cheese and oil mixture, coating all sides of each stalk.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for about 12 minutes, or until they reach desired tenderness. Serve warm and enjoy!

Cheesy Baked Asparagus

This recipe from Delish combines Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses for a creamy, comfort-food-worthy side dish featuring this spring vegetable.

Roasted Garlic Asparagus

A simple recipe with full flavor and plenty of potential for complementing any dish you serve this season.

Chili Spiced Asparagus

For a little kick, add sherry vinegar and chili powder to your asparagus; EatingWell® tells us how.

Grilled Asparagus Flatbread

Or to put a little twist on tea party finger sandwiches, this asparagus flatbread from Martha Stewart is just the thing.

How are you cooking or roasting asparagus this spring? Share your recipe ideas with us below or on Facebook, and tell us if you try any of the recipes above.

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Easter Treats & Sweets

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

While tradition may have you making a delicious Easter ham for April 16th, we’ve found eight recipes for snacks, treats and side dishes for you to try this year, too. There’s a little something for everyone (including fruits & veggies), and you could definitely keep these recipes around all spring long for tea parties, brunch with friends and even Mother’s Day!

Easter Treats & Sweets

Cabbage Leaf MatVeggie Garden: The vegetable tray gets a makeover with this idea from Glitter and Goulash. You can even use our Cabbage Leaf Mats to line the basket for decorative appeal that won’t wilt like real cabbage or lettuce leaves.

Fruit Kabobs: Easter cookie cutters are needed for this yummy project, and the skewers are certainly optional. Cut up all of your melons, apples and other fruit selections in bunny or egg shapes, or just pick a couple to complement grapes, bananas and strawberries on your Easter table.

Italian Easter Bread: Just one look at this creation by Bake with Christina will have you adding it to your recipe book to make year after year. Don’t forget the Easter egg!

Easter Popcorn: Chocolate, popcorn and plenty of bright colors make this a festive and cheerful addition to your Easter and spring table.

Carrot Hooked Wool PillowThe Good (sweet) Stuff: Easter candy is likely to be filling your candy dishes, Easter baskets and the rooms of your home, but these homemade confections are hard to pass up. These Carrot Cake Truffles from Inspired By Charm are almost too charming to eat; Easter Blossom Sugar Cookies put a colorful twist on an old favorite Blossom Cookie recipe; Mini Lemon Tarts in a decorative flower shape are perfect for showing off spring spirit and your baking talents; and these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Eggs put a fun twist on those irresistible peanut butter cup eggs found in the candy aisle.

Let us know if you try any of these delectable treats for Easter, and be sure to share your Easter traditions with us here or on Facebook.

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Tea Party Cookies and Cucumber Sandwiches

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Warmer weather is in the forecast for this week, and although it’s still February, we can’t help but get excited for spring luncheons and garden parties. Here are two recipes that go great with tea, coffee or any spring beverage.

The Garden Hare 3-Tier Server

Tea Cookies

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup light cream
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cut 1 cup of the butter into cubes and add to flour. Combine until mixture resembles crumbs. Add cream and stir; form the dough into a ball.
  3. Roll dough out to about 1/8 inch thick and use a small round cookie cutter to cut circles out. roll in granulated sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Prick a few times with a fork.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cookies cool.
  5. For [optional] frosting, beat 1/2 cup of the butter until fluffy. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, then beat in evaporated milk and vanilla. Frost bottom half of cooled cookies and place the rest on top to create sandwich cookies, if desired.

Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber Sandwiches (flickr user bob walker)

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package whipped cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 1 loaf thinly sliced white bread
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced

Directions:

  1. Combine cream cheese, chives, sour cream, mayonnaise, ranch dressing mix and dried dill weed in a medium bowl until smooth.
  2. Remove crust from bread and slice in quarters or decorative shapes. Spread each piece of bread with cream cheese mixture and top with a cucumber slice (or two).

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