Side Dishes

Spinach, Nuts, and Cheese with Green Garlic

Spinach, Nuts, and Cheese with Green Garlic

Don't let the plain-sounding title of this recipe give you the wrong idea. This is a great savory dish—after all, with bacon, cheese, walnuts, and green garlic, and spinach, how much more umami goodness could you want? You can also add hot chiles for added pizzazz....

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Dal Makhani (Indian Lentils and Beans)

Dal Makhani (Indian Lentils and Beans)

Garam masala is a blend of ground spices used in Indian cooking. Mixtures vary depending on the locale and type of dish in which they are used, but traditional mixes usually include cinnamon, roasted cumin, cloves, nutmeg, and green cardamom seeds or black cardamom...

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Parsnip and Pear Pancakes with Horseradish Sour Cream

Parsnip and Pear Pancakes with Horseradish Sour Cream

This delightful recipe is by Michelle Abendschan, who writes the Fennel*Twist blog, formerly Je Mange le Ville. She notes, "I am a huge fan of potato pancakes from way back, so when I came across this recipe for parsnip and pear latkes, I was practically out the door...

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Pita Pockets with Fresh Figs and Roasted Chicken

Pita Pockets with Fresh Figs and Roasted Chicken

  Pita Pockets with Fresh Figs and Roasted Chicken Fresh figs and feta cheese add a delicious, savory twist to these hearty roasted chicken pita pockets! ¼ cup coarsely chopped walnuts1 cup shredded roasted chicken breast and thighs ((skin removed))¼ cup chopped...

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Cucumber Salad with Onion, Jalapeño & Peanuts

Cucumber Salad with Onion, Jalapeño & Peanuts

  Cucumber Salad with Onion, Chile & Peanuts This lively cucumber salad shows its Asian heritage with its rice vinegar, hot pepper, cilantro, and peanuts. It's easy to make and a great way to use those delicious summer cucumbers when they're at their peak....

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Grilled Eggplant Slices

Grilled Eggplant Slices

  Grilled Eggplant Slices These delectable slices are equally good hot off the grill or at room temperature, either naked on their own or dressed up. This recipe calls for globe eggplants, but you can use any type of eggplant, including the slender Asian ones...

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Nutty Asparagus and Garlic Scapes for Your Salad

Nutty Asparagus and Garlic Scapes for Your Salad

When asparagus is at its pencil thinnest and the garlic scapes first appear, they love to get together with a nut and top your spring greens with joy. (For the uninitiated, garlic scapes—sometimes also called green garlic or whistles—are the long, curly shoots bearing...

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Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

This delectable spinach and cheese pie is a traditional Greek dish, one that disappears quickly at parties and at just about every other occasion. You can find phyllo dough at most supermarkets in the frozen pie and pie dough section. Frozen spinach is actually...

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Basmati Rice with Mushrooms, Broccoli, and Onion

Basmati Rice with Mushrooms, Broccoli, and Onion

This is a lovely side dish that is delicious on its own or as a light but satisfying side dish with heavier entrées. Basmati is a type of long, slender-grained aromatic rice traditionally from India. You can use any type of mushroom for this dish, but oyster,...

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Carrot and Red Lentil Curry

Carrot and Red Lentil Curry

Berbere is an Ethiopian spice blend that is a key ingredient in many Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes. Not for the faint of heart, this spicy mixture usually includes chile peppers, garlic, ginger, basil, korarima, rue, ajwain or radhuni, nigella, and fenugreek. You can...

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Carrot Slaw

Carrot Slaw

This light, refreshing carrot slaw makes a great alternative to the typical cabbage coleslaw. Carrot Slaw 1 small bunch carrots, (shredded)1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice¼ teaspoon kosher salt¼ teaspoon Freshly ground white pepper Thoroughly combine all of the...

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Chard with Raisins and Almonds

Chard with Raisins and Almonds

This recipe uses the colorful “rainbow chard” with its red, yellow, and orange stems. This is a wonderful dish for kids, who love its sweetness and bright colors. Chard with Raisins and Almonds ¼ cup slivered almonds2 pounds rainbow chard ((or use red-stemmed chard))½...

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