Looking back to last year at this time. I had St. Patrick’s Day on my mind. When I think Irish, I think of my grandmother!! I loved her potato pancakes just as much as I loved her potato scones and these were something she made often. I will be making these again this year!!
We are still in a deep freeze here and something comforting like these pancakes will bring your family around the table with smiles!!
They are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. I hope you try them and ENJOY!!!
Need a great side or starter, well this cookbook is for you. Starters and Sides Made Easy is a cookbook filled with 60 easy-to-make Kosher recipes. Not always does the star of the show have to be the main course. Let your sides shine too. This cookbook has full color photos with each recipe, along with plating and serving suggestions.
Starters and Sides Made Easy cookbook has many recipes to choose from but I have been enamored with orzo lately. It makes a quick and delicious side that isn’t too filling. This Sesame Orzo fit the bill.
Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek are the co-authors of Starters and Sides Made Easy. Their recipes are triple tested, unique and made with ingredients that are readily available at any grocery store.
“When I am looking for a side dish to go with dinner, I want something quick and easy to make,” says Leah Schapira. Victoria writes, “When I am entertaining or having the family over for a holiday meal I don’t want my kitchen to be messy when guests arrive.”
Making easy and quick sides ahead of time helps. I know this as I want the same and this cookbook can help you out.
I have never browned pasta before, like the instructions for this recipe called for and I love the color and flavor that resulted.
Some of the delicious recipes that are included in this cookbook are:
Coleslaw Balls with Jalapeno Dip, Broccoli-Stuffed Artichokes, Tomato Tart, Green Bean, Basil and Pecan Salad, Forbidden Black Rice with Mango and Peaches, Sweet Potato and Leek Quiche, and Whiskey Sweet Potatoes to name a few.
A fantastic easy side that will add an Asian flair to any main.
1 Tbsp. oil
1 cup orzo
2½ cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
1-2 scallions, sliced
sesame seeds for garnish
Heat oil in a saute pan over high heat. Add orzo and toast until some of the poasta has browned, 1-2 min.
Add chicken stock, soy sauce, sugar and garlic. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid is mostly absorbed, 20-25 min. Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil, scallions and sesame seeds.
If you are making this ahead of time add more oil when heating so that the pasta does not dry out.
We are gathering here today to bring you dishes for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Also to give to you something that we are thankful for. A dish that has some meaning to us. Well, I chose a dish from a cookbook that I had made with my peers back when I was nursing in the open heart ICU. A cookbook that I am very thankful for for being a part of. Something that I thoroughly enjoyed putting together. Something that I reference back to this day, time and time again. To go through the tattered and spilled on pages to get some of my favorite recipes. Some that I have shared with you already here on my site.
Now for the funny part of the story. The recipe I had picked was green beans with cashews. I usually do one fresh easy recipe at Thanksgiving. A dish that is made quickly when the turkey is resting. Something with few ingredients and it is fast to pull together. Also, I find it is nice to break away from all the casseroles and make ahead dishes. So my recipe was selected and I was excited to start to make it. I went to pull together all my ingredients and I opened the cashew tin and there were four nuts looking back at me!! That’s it, four nuts!! I couldn’t make that work even if I tried hard to do it. The dish is basically green beans and cashews. Gee, I wonder who ate all those nuts??? Well I didn’t have time to go to the store so improvisation came into the picture. Hmmmm, now what to do. I started to scrounge around in the pantry and saw dried cranberries, then I rooted through the freezer and found pecans. I always keep my nuts in the freezer, do you? They stay nice and fresh then. So off I went to create my side dish.
I am actually very happy this happened as I have now created a wonderful side dish that will be made again for Christmas. We all loved it . You can easily double this recipe for a larger crowd or even quadruple it!!!
I love the tart cranberries with the fresh burst from the green beans and then the crunch of the nuts, I am NUTS about nuts, could have them in anything!! There is also a bit of garlic in here to add so much flavor to yet a simple dish. I hope you try this. ENJOY!!
Green Beans with Pecans and Cranberries for #BeingThankful #SundaySupper
Author: Tara Noland
Recipe type: Side Dish
Freshly made green beans with the tang of cranberries and the crunch of nuts!!
⅓ cup pecans, chopped
⅓ cup cranberries
1 lb. green beans
1½ Tbsp. butter
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper
Wash green beans and trim. Cook the green beans in a large skillet in salted water for 2 min. I find they cook for evenly if not crowded. Drain, in the same skillet melt the butter and saute the nuts and garlic until fragrant. Add beans and cranberries, heat through. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
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Here it is another Monday and low and behold we have snow again on the ground. Also it is coooooold, brr!! I will be heading back to bed today to try and fight the worst cold and laryngitis I have had to date. Almost two weeks of this, ARG!! I have so much to show you and so much to do. It will all happen though, it always does.
So I was looking back through the archives and came across these magnificent Scalloped Sweet Potato/Potatoes. A dish that I made last year for The Mustard Seed. Something I do every November. It is our local shelter and in a small way it is us giving back.
These potatoes are great for this time of year and make an excellent side for Thanksgiving of any special dinner. Click HERE for the recipe!!! ENJOY!!