Category Archives: Sides

Recipe: Carrot Pineapple Jello

I was going to share my family’s Southern recipe until I found this version which really is superior. I’ve only made minor tweaks for better management of proportions. Serves 8. Ingredients: 1 3-oz package jello, lemon or orange flavor (we … Continue reading

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Recipe: Mamo’s Carrot Raisin Slaw

A very good and very simple recipe that often made its appearance at holiday buffets when I was growing up in Dallas. Serves 8-12. Ingredients: 4 c grated carrots 1 c raisins/currants/golden raisins in any combination ¼ c mayonnaise 2 … Continue reading

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Recipe: Tunisian Chickpea Salad

This is my reverse engineering of the wonderful Tunisian salad from Healthy Living Market. The flavors and textures are nicely balanced and the unexpected spices (ground coriander and caraway) add a note of mystery. Serves 8. Ingredients: 2 c cooked … Continue reading

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Recipe: Carol’s Brussel Sprout Slaw

My wife improvised this very well balanced recipe. The interplay of the Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and olive oil is particularly nice. Serves 4. Ingredients: 2 c Brussel sprouts, shredded with a knife or mandoline 1 carrot, peeled and shredded … Continue reading

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Recipe: Texas-Style Greens

This prep is very similar to black-eyed peas in that the secret to flavor is starting with a rich broth that has a good amount of fat. Unlike some, I don’t like to drown my greens in broth and I … Continue reading

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Recipe: Texas-Style Black-Eyed Peas

The key to good black-eyed peas is a flavorful cooking liquid, ample allium components, and a generous amount of fat. I use dried beans (vs frozen or canned) unless fresh are available. Serves 6-8. Ingredients: ½ lb dried black-eyed peas … Continue reading

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Recipe: Orchid’s Chinese-Style Cold Noodles

This is a great dish to take to a party… tangy, spicy and subtly sweet. Based on Barbara Tropp’s classic (and sadly out of print) The Modern Art of Chinese Cooking. I generally make it with fresh noodles from my … Continue reading

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Recipe: Italian Style Sauteed Greens

This is my go-to recipe whenever I want a robust dish of greens as a side dish. Kale or collards are best, though I think the first I tried the recipe it was designed for spinach. Serves 6-8. Ingredients: 1 … Continue reading

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Recipe: Tomatillo Jam

Try this instead of cranberry sauce with turkey… especially smoked turkey. It has the same balance of tart/sweet and the crunch of fruit, but with a southwestern lilt and a bit of heat. Makes 1 pint. Ingredients 1 lb tomatillos … Continue reading

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Recipe: Bacon Croutons

Got a problem with that? The key is to use very dry cubes of bread so they become glazed with the oil rather than sopping it up. Dedicated to my college girlfriend Nerissa who used to feed me fried bread … Continue reading

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