Side Dishes

Cauliflower Risotto


Winter has arrived once more and its time to dial back my elaborate boat cooking and focus on healthier dishes for myself and the husband. We have a lot of go to things we make that are flexible on their flavors so we don’t get […]

Kyoto Coleslaw


I’ve always had a thing for cabbage, even if I was unaware of my love for coleslaw, it started back when I lived in Singapore. In middle school one of my really good friends, Margaret, lived down the street from me, we’d often hang out […]

Caramelized Shallot Orzo Salad


If you dream of caramelized onions but need more substance than this is the pasta salad for you, but I refuse to call it pasta salad. In truth I hate pasta salad, well not every pasta salad, but most of them, they are greasy, gloppy […]

Parmesan Garlic Toast


Garlic bread is an easily gobbled up side dish, the only way to balance out that fact is to make a lot of it. Usually when I make garlic bread I take that extra step and make the bread myself, it just seems like a […]

Mexican Corn and Bean Salad


I adore Mexican food, but sometimes it can be a bit stogy, heavy refried beans and rich Spanish rice are not always refreshing during the summer. This salad is lighter than those traditional side dishes but just as substantial and filling. Charred corn, creamy black […]

Roasted Ranch Potato Salad


My favorite ways to prepare potatoes is in salad form and the second best is roasted, this is the best of both worlds. Crispy roasted potatoes are sauced with fresh ranch style dressing, green onions, parsley and dill to make for a pleasing textural combination […]

Coriander Black Beans


When I make Mexican food I usually end up making salsa or pico de gallo, I like to remove the inside seed gooey bits, the tomato caviar. It’s perfectly good to keep in, but I remove it so that my pico de gallo isn’t too […]

Papa’s Zucchini


During the summer I’d visit my grandparents, all by myself, we called it Grandma Camp. Most of the time my grandma would be the one entertaining and taking care of me, but when it came time for dinner my Papa took over. He always made […]

Cilantro Pesto


52 weeks of cooking – Fresh Herbs If you haven’t noticed cilantro is my favorite herb, I love the floral notes and brightness it has in comparison to parsley. It can be used in almost any dish but it’s more prevalent in Latin and Asian […]

Zesty Stuffed Tomatoes


These tomatoes are packed with a zesty parsley mixture and heavily dusted in crispy breadcrumbs. As they bake in the oven the tomatoes soften and the bread crumbs toast to create a balance in flavor and texture. Feel free to use any combination of herbs, […]

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