Category: sides

Burger Shack Cheese Sauce

1 T Canola Oil 6 thin slices Jalapeno 3/4 c Onion 1/2 T Salt 2 T Peppercorns 1 T White Wine Vinegar 2 T White Wine 2 c Heavy Cream 2 c American Cheese, shredded 2 c Cheddar Cheese, shredded Heat a saucepan up and add the canola oil, and…

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Braised Butternut Squash

This is an afghan recipe called bouranee kadu or borani kadoo. Traditionally, it’s made with pumpkin, but it’s easier to find and buy butternut squash, already peeled and cut, though you’ll probably need to cut some of the pieces into smaller chunks. It’s sometimes served as a whole meal, with a layer…

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Wild Rice Stuffing

Tried this in a chicken last week. I’m usually against putting stuffing inside a chicken or a turkey, since it means longer cooking time, and increases the chances of bacteria, but I figured if I didn’t make the stuffing too tightly packed, and if I put it in the bird…

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Coca Cola Barbeque Sauce

12 oz / 355 mL Coca Cola 1½ c / 355 mL Heinz ketchup 1 medium onion, chopped fine ¼ c / 60mL cider vinegar ¼ c / 60 mL Worcestershire sauce 1 t chili powder 1 t salt hot sauce (Tabasco, Texas Pete) to taste Bring all of the…

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Refrigerator Pickles

5-6 lbs pickling cucumbers 1 c pickling or kosher salt 3 quarts (12 c) water 1 quart (4 c) white vinegar crushed garlic fresh dill black peppercorns Cover the cucumbers in a large non-reactive bowl with water, and add ¼c salt, and let them soak for 8 to 12 hours. Sterilize…

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Broccoli Supreme

This is my sister Lyn’s recipe, and I traditionally ask her for it every year at  Thanksgiving, because everyone loves it. I think I must’ve done it for at least 15 years — probably more. You’d think I’d remember it by now. I recently came across a booklet of family…

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Boston Baked Beans, take 2

You might find, in the Cooking Monster archives, an entry I wrote about my attempt to make a batch of homemade baked beans, and how I lamented that the results really weren’t worth the effort. Well, urged on my my brother, I have since purchased an authentic bean pot in…

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Southern Roll-ups

I based this recipe on something I read in a vegetarian cookbook. It sounded good, but I thought it might be even better with the addition of some country ham, but you can certainly omit it. I made the mistake, though, of using a bottled bbq sauce I’d never tried…

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Braised Spinach with Minced Meat

I made some braised spinach last night that didn’t go well with my wife. She prefers fresh spinach salad to anything that’s been cooked, even if I’m careful to wilt the greens only slightly. So I had some more greens left over, and tossed this together. The freshly ground nutmeg…

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Lentils with Balsamic Vinegar

This is a great side dish, or with rice, and maybe a sliced sausage or two, a main dish. You can make it completely vegetarian starting off with olive oil, and simmering with vegetable stock or water, or, if you don’t mind a little meat, start off with a few…

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Potato, Leek and Asparagus Tart

Completely decadent, serve this with a salad, as a side, or as a first course. It’ll definitely wow them at the pot-luck dinner. You could really go over the top with this recipe, adding cream to the potatoes, and using a ton of butter, but I tried to keep it…

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Baked Beans

The other day, I discovered yet another item that takes a long time to cook, and the results aren’t all that much better than the stuff you can buy in a can. Baked beans. While the 16 hours it took to make the beans were by no means labor intensive,…

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Stuffed Zucchini

Still a work in progress… I tried a recipe a few months back from Ellie Krieger, that involved zucchini, sliced very thin, and grilled on a grill pan, and then a dollop of goat cheese and a basil leaf was placed on each one, and rolled up. I thought they…

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