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Side Dishes are the glue that holds an amazing Dinner together! I’ve got you covered with the most delicious side dishes you can serve at your next holiday dinner, party or everyday dinner. Try: Asparagus Puff Pastry Bundles or Healthy Lime Cilantro Cauliflower Rice!

Warm Potato Salad (Earls Restaurant Copycat)

Earls Copycat Warm Potato Salad |

This potato salad is the MOST delicious potato salad from Earls Kitchen + Bar, a Canadian casual dining restaurant. I managed to recreate a version of it here!  Every time I go with Walt or my girlfriends, I always make sure I get the Blackened Chicken, as the potato salad comes as a side with it.  I took the opportunity to go to Earls for a few dinners and extra wine nights with the girls so that I could do some very important research on recreating this potato salad recipe at home. Fun was had! Walt now only wants this version. The secret? The bacon grease. SO GOOD!...

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

This twice-baked potato casserole is probably one of the best things I’ve made with potatoes, aside from this hashbrown casserole. Enclosed in a layer of melted cheese and bacon are fluffy, baked potatoes loaded with sour cream, savory cheese, and more bacon! If you’re looking for comfort food, this is a sure win.  But, let’s talk about ingredients for a moment. If you’re going to make a potato casserole, you’ve got to get the right potatoes for the job.  For this twice-baked potato casserole recipe, we want to use Yukon Gold potatoes, which have a good balance of starch content...

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe Discover the ultimate Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe, an essential addition to your holiday festivities! Crafted with just 6 simple ingredients and ready in under 30 minutes, this cranberry sauce infused with orange juice is a game-changer. Plus, it's a convenient make-ahead option, ensuring you'll never resort to canned cranberry sauce again! 24 ounces cranberries (cleaned (6 cups - 2 regular 12 ounce bags))zest from 1 large orange4 cups freshly squeezed orange juice ((regular no pump orange juice also works))1 ½ cups white sugar⅓ cup brown...

Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

Classic Stuffing  |

Discover how easy it is to put together a delicious, warm stuffing, that you’ll never go back to the boxed kind. Yes, prepackaged stuffing tastes fine and is an absolute breeze to cook, but there is no comparison once you try making this homemade version.  With home-cooked food, you are always in control and get to choose the ingredients that go into your food. (I’ve even stopped eating mac and cheese from the box – here’s how to make it at home.)  Speaking of ingredients, this traditional Thanksgiving stuffing recipe uses the most quintessential ingredients. It’s made with bread,...

Asparagus Puff Pastry Bundles

Asparagus Puff Pastry Bundles |

So, here is my recipe for fresh asparagus with puff pastry, a lovely side dish for any dinner party.  I’ll be honest: it doesn’t look like much at first, and it’s definitely not as tantalizing as a colorful berry salad. But don’t be fooled, one bite into this asparagus with puff pastry and you’ll be amazed: glazed with honey, oozing with the best cheese mixture, and simply robust asparagus, this is definitely going to be one of the most memorable dishes you’ll ever have.  It is very similar to cheesy asparagus tarts, except this one has already been apportioned and is shaped...

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots Roasted carrots with brown sugar glaze will be a new dinner party favorite. This simple recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and savory that makes the perfect side with any meal. 2 pounds carrots (peeled)1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)3/4 teaspoon cinnamon6 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into pats)1 teaspoon sea saltCandied Pecans3 tablespoons butter2 tablespoons maple syrup2 tablespoons brown sugar1 cup pecan halves (roughly chopped)1/4 teaspoon flaked sea saltGarnish3/4 cup goat cheese (crumbled)1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (optional) Preheat the...

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon and Pomegranates

Pomegranates with  bacon roasted brussels sprouts |

I remember growing up, I was a big desserts and candied yams girl at my holiday dinners. I always remember the one Christmas where my jaw dropped when I had oven-roasted Brussels sprouts for the first time. It was crazy good. I couldn’t believe that vegetables could be this delicious.  In my take on this holiday classic, I have added crispy roasted bacon and its fats that make everything better, too.  Now this recipe is one way to enjoy vegetables, and I mean REALLY enjoy them… not just tolerate them to meet our daily fiber intake. Even the pickiest eaters and vegetable haters...

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Parmesan & Garlic Butter

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Parmesan & Garlic Butter |

I’m going back to basics with this roasted sweet potato recipe, you guys. The protagonist of today’s recipe is sweet potatoes. The orange kind – not to be confused with yam, my friends. Incorporating sweet potatoes into our diet does wonders for our bodies too. These root veggies can boost our immunity, promote digestive health, and protect our eyes among other benefits. Something delicious and healthy? Double win!  There are so many amazing ways to cook sweet potatoes: mashed, julienned into sweet potato fries, atop a hearty shepherd’s pie, and stuffed with black beans. Today, we’ll...

No Yeast Bread

No Yeast Bread Sliced |

We love our bread, we love our butter. But most of all, we love each other.  PLEASE tell me you know what TV show this line is from!  If you don’t…. It’s from “Madeline”, the cartoon series, which I’ve just learned was created in 1993. This French/Canadian show is about the life of a young, free-spirited girl in boarding school. She’s always heading on daring adventures in her yellow dress, yellow hat, and yellow umbrella. Madeline was an iconic part of my childhood.  The most memorable and adorable scene is the one where the girls say grace before eating their food in the...

Three Ingredient Chili Cheese Dip

Three Ingredient Chili Cheese Dip This amazing Chili Cheese Dip has only 3 ingredients and is the easiest dish to prepare for your next get together. Serve warm with tortilla chips and dig in! 2 8 oz Bricks of cream cheese (softened)1½ cups Freshly shredded cheese from a brick of marble cheddar cheese (not bagged)15 oz Can of beanless chili (I have used Hormel No Bean Chili - but any brand will work!)Tortilla chips for dipping In a glass pie dish, spread the cream cheese in an even layer (try using a spatula or the backside of a large spoon to spread!).Next spread the beanless chili over...

Easy Homemade Guacamole

BEST homemade guacamole recipe |

This is the BEST homemade guacamole recipe! It’s healthy and filled with fresh ingredients like avocados, tomatoes, garlic, red onion, lime, cilantro, and salt. Unlike store-bought guacamole, this guacamole has no additives or preservatives. This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and keto-friendly.  If you have very little time and need to quickly fix a delicious dip, sandwich spread, or salad dressing, look no further.  This guacamole recipe is so easy to make. It comes together in just 20 minutes (plus preparation) and all you’ll need is a knife, a fork, and a bowl. It’s creamy,...

Curry Roasted Cauliflower and Sweet Potatoes

Curry roasted fall salad |

Last Thursday was just like any other busy work day. I was running from a Zoom call at home to another meeting, and then to a recipe photoshoot session for the blog (which turned out to be really fun!).  I had packed this salad in my bag for lunch and as I was microwaving this in the studio, my teammates looked at me and exclaimed, “Cassandra, what is that?! It smells amazing!” That was a good sign for this new salad I was testing out. It’s always so daunting to try new, daring recipes, but if people around me respond positively, then it’s a go!  All I did was toss together...

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