Category Archives: Sides

Recipe: Amish Creamed Celery

Here’s a refreshingly different side dish to serve at Thanksgiving, when celery is on sale. I went ISO Amish Creamed Celery recipes because I missed out on the wedding feast* at Fisher’s Restaurant during my recent trip to Amish country. … Continue reading

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Recipe: Best Sour Slaw

Best Sour Slaw is just that, or at least much better than all the versions I struggled with in my long-ago obsessiveness. The proportions have been dramatically rejiggered, and we’ve added a new ingredient, dried mustard, to open up the … Continue reading

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Recipe: Maple Bacon Squash

I used delicata for my maple bacon squash, but butternut, acorn or kabocha would work as well. You could also cut the squash into cubes and drizzle the bacon grease/butter/maple syrup on top. A just-rich-enough accompaniment to grilled chicken or … Continue reading

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Recipe: Jack Daniels-Style Baked Beans

The Jack Daniels folks are smart marketers, but you don’t have to use that expensive bourbon to make Jack Daniels-style beans. I prefer Evan Williams and it works very nicely. An I-can’t-stop-eating-it barbecue essential, along with slaw and potato salad. … Continue reading

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Recipe: Better-than-KFC Cole Slaw

Better-than-KFC Cole Slaw is superior to the original because it’s less sweet and syrupy, just good Buttermilk Cole Slaw like the Colonel intended. 6-8 servings. Ingredients: ½ head green cabbage, about 1 ½ lbs 2 medium carrots, about ½ lb … Continue reading

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Recipe: Leo Y’s Olivie (Russian Potato Salad)

My friend Leo Y brought this famous salad, a staple at Russian festive events, to a Yelp potluck. He emphasizes that the cubes of each element must be equal in size for a proper olivie; in fact, according to his … Continue reading

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Recipe: Cuban-Style Cole Slaw

Cuban-style Cole Slaw is “Cuban” because it has white vinegar. That make it the perfect accompaniment to my Cuban sandwich and black beans and rice. Serves 4. Ingredients: ½ medium cabbage, shredded, about 1 ½ lb 3 T olive oil … Continue reading

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Recipe: Best-Way Texas Caviar

Cue angels singing. “Texas Caviar” is a bean salad featuring black eye peas doused in vinaigrette. The original was invented by Helen Corbett, the James Beard of Texas, and popularized at the legendary Neiman-Marcus Zodiac Room. Today there are infinite … Continue reading

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Recipe: Cuban-Style Black Beans

Last time I made these I used the Instant Pot and they were ready in under an hour. Convenient, but I prefer to cook on the stovetop because I can regulate the amount of water. Depending on how much water … Continue reading

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Recipe: Carrots with Thyme and Honey

This is my favorite way to cook carrots. It’s very easy, tastes great, and is a perfect accompaniment to roast pork or another meat. I found the original carrots with thyme and honey recipe in an Elizabeth David paperback I … Continue reading

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