Sweet Potato Fries

  When I told my kids we were having sweet potato fries at dinner, I got two polar opposite responses. My son was ecstatic at the prospect of eating sweet potatoes again since he always devours the sweet potato and marshmallow casserole I cook for Thanksgiving.  My daughter wasn't at all interested.  Although she sampled the same beloved casserole, its consistency reminded her too much of "baby food." Because of these differing opinions (and the fact that I refuse to be a short order cook) I have to calculate my approaches. My … [Read more...]

Quinoa and Grape Salad with Toasted Almonds

Even though Valentine's day has come and gone, we're still continuing our love affair- with quinoa- which has continued for its third year.  The latest recipe result is one of our favorite salad combinations to date.  It's light and simple yet bursting with crunch and a medley of unique flavors. I even ate some cold leftovers for lunch today, and the salad was equally as tasty. So, why don’t you try it for yourself?  This dish is a welcomed alternative to the rice-based side dishes that can become very commonplace very quickly. And, … [Read more...]

Quinoa with Pomegranates and Pistachios

One reason I love Thanksgiving weekend is that I don't cook at all.  We're about to head down to Baltimore to visit our respective families and the minute I step out of the car, I assume the role of guest for the entire weekend.  It is a bit odd, the one non-denominational holiday that revolves around food and I'm not cooking at all.  But, I've come to relish in the fact that while other kitchens are brimming with activity and wafting with the aromas from the delicious medley of food, my kitchen is completely closed. While I'm not cooking, I … [Read more...]

Pasta Pilaf-Stuffed Squash

While you're planning out your festive meal, don't forget about the side dishes that are even more important than the turkey--- especially if you have vegetarians at your table. If you want to take your Thanksgiving to the next level, check out this recipe that makes a festive addition to any side table. Your guests will be begging for leftovers. Save Print Pasta Pilaf-Stuffed Squash Author: adapted from pastafits.org Recipe type: Side Dish Prep time:  12 mins Cook time:  45 mins Total time:  57 mins … [Read more...]