Category Archives: Side Dishes & Vegetables

Baked garlic sliced potatoes



4 lg. baking potatoes
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. salad oil
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 to 1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves

Cut unpeeled potatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place overlapping slices in buttered oven-to-table, 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Mix butter and oil. Brush slices with mixture. Pour remaining over potatoes. Sprinkle with garlic, salt and thyme.
Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until potatoes are done and browned at the edges. Serve immediately. Serves 4. To make 8 servings just double the ingredients, but may require 2 baking dishes.


Broccoli / Cauliflower and Cheese Casserole



2 tbsp butter spread

1 small onion, chopped

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

1.5 cups 2% milk

1 tub Knorr Homestyle Chicken Stock (concentrated chicken stock)

1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese (about 6 oz), divided

8 cups small broccoli and/or cauliflower florets, blanched just until tender

1 tbsp dijon mustard


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Melt spread in 4 quart sauce pot over medium-high heat and cook onion, stirring frequently, 4 minutes or until tender. Reduce heat to medium, then stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes.  Gradually stir in milk. Bring to boil over high heat. Stir in chicken stock and boil until stock is melted and sauce is thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, then stir 1 cup cheese; let stand 1 minutes. Stir in broccoli and mustard. Pour into prepared dish.

Bake 20 minutes. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing


Strawberries are ready to be picked in South Carolina, and what a great way to enjoy them!

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons grated sweet onion, such as Maui
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 10 ounce mixed baby greens
  • 2 cups quartered strawberries
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


Whisk oil, vinegar, salt, mustard, onion, sugar, and poppy seeds in a medium bowl until blended. Add remaining ingredients except for feta and toss to coat. Sprinkle with feta.


Red Quinoa Pilaf with Tomato, Spinach and Pine Nuts


I only discovered quinoa in the last couple of years, and I was excited when I saw this recipe in All You magazine recently.


Prep 20 minutes     Cook 2 hours 15 minutes     Serves 4


1 cup quinoa

2 tbsp  olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 large ripe but firm tomatoes, cored, seeded and diced

2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

Salt and Pepper

1/2 cup pine nuts

2 cups loosely packed fresh baby spinach


Rinse quinoa thoroughly in cold water. Drain well.

In a large skillet, warm oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 3-5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and broth and increase heat to high. Bring to a boil, then carefully transfer to slow cooker. Stir in quinoa and season with salt and pepper. cover and cook on low until most of the liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 2 hours.

Place pine nuts in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, shaking skillet constantly, until pine nuts are light golden and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Immediately transfer to a bowl.

Remove slow cooker cover and stir in spinach and pine nuts. (If pilaf looks dry, add up to 1/2 cup more broth.) Cover and cook 15 minutes longer, or until the spinach has wilted completely. Season with additional salt and pepper and serve.

Maple-Baked Beans – Crock Pot


Another great recipe for the crock pot!


4 (15oz) cans pork’n beans

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup maple syrup

2 tsp dry mustard

6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled


Combine all ingredients to crock. Cover and cook on:

Low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

Makes 10 servings.

Easy Potato Casserole – Crock Pot Recipe


This is similar to the hash brown casserole my mother makes for family gatherings. What a great idea to put it in the crock pot instead…freeing up oven time! Our ovens are always overloaded on holidays and at large gatherings!


1 (2 pound) bag Southern Style frozen hash brown potatoes

1 (10oz) can condensed cheddar cheese soup

1 (12oz) can evaporated milk

2 tbsp butter, melted

1/2 tsp salt


Place potatoes in the crock. Combine soup, milk, butter and salt. Stir to mix then pour over potatoes. Stir gently to mix. cover and cook on Low for 6-7 hours. (High is not recommended for this recipe.)

Makes about 10 servings.