Category Archive: Side Dish

Leading up to Thanksgiving last month, the challenge for the week was ‘rustic’. This is what my cooking is all about!! Typically my food doesn’t look perfect, and is made with hearty, good ingredients. I love rustic food. Rustic food loves me. And Mike doesn’t mind me making it all the time. Win. So for […]

Week 45 of the cooking challenge was whole grains. I wanted to try something I hadn’t before… Scratch making whole wheat bread. I scoured the interweb for recipes on this one and found a super easy and DELICIOUS recipe. It really could not have been easier, and I was thrilled with the results. I will […]

Years ago, I was introduced to Pumpkin Soup by a friend of mine. At the time I was actually kind of scared to try it. Writing that now sounds ridiculous. This soup is the savory incarnation of fall. It’s everything you want out of a soup. And it just so happened that week 41 of […]

I love when you’re out at a restaurant, especially any type of Japanese restaurant and they bring you pickled cucumber and ginger with your meal. The acidity and crunchiness break up all the richness of whatever you were eating. It’s a great palate cleanser. And…it’s incredibly easy to do at home! This is a fantastic […]

Mmm… Fried food. Amiright?!? I have breaded my fair share of food in my time in the kitchen. So for this challenge, I wanted to tackle a type of batter that I had not previously used. Mike and I came up with the idea to make tempura. And then, we bumped that volume up to […]

To confit… Or not to confit. That is the question… For this challenge, the idea was to slow cook something in either oil or sugar water. That is the general idea of confit. It’s most well known use is probably for duck confit. This is where the duck leg is salt cured, and then slow […]

Is there anyone out there that doesn’t like potatoes? No seriously, I’m curious. Potatoes are one of the most versatile, delicious and cheap vegetables on the planet. At least in my opinion. There are about 50 billion ways to prepare it, and it tastes great with just about anything you pair it with. That’s a […]

Week 11 of the 52 Weeks of Cooking challenge was probably my favorite so far. The theme was molecular. The idea being to use modern gastronomy to create a dish. Obviously, as a home cook I also needed to keep it cheap and simple. So after hours (literally) of research on different molecular techniques, I […]

The subtitle of this post should be: “How to Cut Vegetables Like a Boss and Not Hack Your Fingers Off” Ok, maybe that’s a little dramatic. But this vegetable dish is a really good exercise in knife skills. One slip and your fingernails are in the dish with the veg. However, for our anniversary Mike […]