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Favorite Family Sides for Easter

Holiday Meal Side Dishes

I don’t know about you but in my family there are certain sides that must accompany each holiday meal.  At Easter, Andy equals broccoli rice, Amy equals deviled eggs, Krista equals rolls and mashed potatoes.  No one would say anything but it would be akin to disowning them.  So, I have whipped up some of these to be ready for Sunday.  We are adding fruits and vegetables because that is what Cameron (my oldest grandaughter) likes.  Maddie must lick the bowl when I am baking…see all of my cupcake recipes.  Oh yeah…there is ham.  That is a given, but really my group gathers round for their favorite side dishes.

Broccoli Rice Casserole

Deviled Eggs


KiStrawNana Salsa

I am taking all these family favorites to Saturday dishes which starts tomorrow morning.  I hope you will join us there.  It promises to be a grand collection of side dishes if you are still making your shopping list.

Saturday Dishes

Happy Easter



Green Food! I Mean Green…Really Green.

Green Food?  Really?  I’ve heard of Green Eggs and Ham.   When I “Googled” green food I got a whole list of organic, naturally grown food.  That was not quite what I had in mind.  Not that there’s anything wrong with those, of course.  I was thinking St. Patrick’s Day not natural food.

I made a list of naturally green food:  peppers, cabbage, celery, cucumbers, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, kale, green beans, leeks, green onions, spinach, lettuce, peas, zucchini, Granny Smith apples, kiwi, honeydew, green grapes.  Then of course there are all sorts of herbs.  Cilantro, parsley, chives, tarragon, mint… the list can go on.

So what was I worried about?  There are plenty of green food items I use all the time.

I wanted to make something green for Saturday Dishes.  (I’ll get to St. Patrick’s Day green a little later with cookies, cakes and whatever else.)  I did come up with a roasted Napa Cabbage, Broccoli, and Leek dish and to go with it a Green Cilantro Rice.

I know you either like or hate cilantro.  I happen to like it….a lot!  Huevos Rancheros and Chicken Tacos aren’t complete without it.  If you like it this rice is very easy and tasty.

What other green foods can you think of?  Link it to Saturday Dishes sometime this weekend.  We will open the show early tomorrow morning so come back and link up your green.  Sweetened or unsweetened is fine!

Broccoli, Leek and Napa Cabbage

Green Rice

Hot Chocolate and Monkey Bread for Christmas Morning

What is your most memorable menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?  Our familyChristmas Dinner tradition is dinner after the family service at church on Christmas Eve.  The granddaughters need to get home and get ready for Santa to come.  We have a breakfast/brunch on Christmas morning and a dinner later in the day at my daughter’s so the little girls can play, play, play with their new toys.

Christmas Eve has to be easy to put together.  I burned the lasagna one year because the service went way too long (or at least longer than I had planned.)  So I have settled on spaghetti, salad, a slice of garlic bread and cookies left over from the Cookie Exchange party.  Easy.

I like a simple menu for both breakfast/brunch and dinner on Christmas Day.   We discovered a new hot chocolate laced with butterscotch schnapps at a recent cooking school we attended.  It was wonderful.  Living in the Southwest a spicy flavor is usually appealing.  The Breakfast Burrito Casserole is great and everyone can help themselves as they get up.  A hot sweet roll is good with the hot chocolate too.

My Ideal Christmas Dinner Menu

  • Baked Ham thinly sliced
  • Baked potatoes with cheese, bacon and chives
  • Steamed Broccoli with a cheese sauce
  • Fresh vegetable tray with Ranch dipping sauce
  • Hot Rolls – Butter
  • Chocolate Cake

I have a dry hot chocolate mix I have made for years.  The kids could make their own in the morning or after school in the microwave.

I have seen lots of recipes for a pull-apart bread.  This one works for me and can be prepared the night before and put in the refrigerator.  Then pull it out to rise before baking.  It is just the right sweet bite.

Broccoli Rice-Must Have Thanksgiving Side

Broccoli Rice Casserole

Comforting side dishes are necessary to complete any meal in my kitchen.  If you can find a basic one that includes a rib-sticking starch and a vegetable, you can add or switch ingredients and make several different variations.  In my family, this one combination is the most requested.  This came about as an emergency addition one Thanksgiving dinner when my son, Andy asked if we were planning to serve it. (This was in answer to my question, “Are you coming to dinner?”   It has become a part of the menu planning to be sure I have everybody’s favorite.  So, I call this one Andy’s Broccoli Rice Casserole.

Rice was a favorite with my husband.  His family was from the South and rice was included in many meals.  It was new to me, and I had to scrub a lot of pans until I learned the right way to prepare it.  I burned it, let it dry out and served it undercooked!
Burning it is the worst clean up job there can be.  I think it forms a particularly strong bond with aluminum when not prepared correctly.  Non-stick pans weren’t around when I began to practice cooking.

The Broccoli Rice Casserole recipe came from a long-time high school friend when I was just married. Hank didn’t like soup combined with his rice and let me know it.  Then an Aunt made this and he raved about how good it was.   He even requested it with
his favorite meal which was a ham.