As we are hit with hot weather up here in Minnesota, there is nothing like a cool and refreshing side dish that can go with practically anything. In this Thai Cucumber Salad, the salad is simple to make, taking under 20 minutes to make. The salad is an easy and quite healthy side dish. The dressing is a sweet vinegar style that is packed with a bit of a heat that goes great over the cold crisp vegetables. The best part of this recipe is that it is indeed vegan and vegetarian.
Now that memorial day is here, it is officially summer time and time to get the barbecue out and have friends and family over for cookouts. To me, a barbecue is not complete with out a cool and refreshing pasta salad. This creamy Mexican pasta salad is simple to prepare with just a few ingredients.The salad is packed with black beans, cilantro, corn, bell pepper and tomatoes along with the pasta. Then all tossed in a quick and easy creamy southwestern dressing that brings a zesty flavor.
Now that the weather is finally getting warm, it is officially time to barbecue and have friends and family over for cookouts. For most people, you can’t have a barbecue party or a backyard party without some delicious pasta salad. This creamy chicken pasta salad is simple to prepare with just a few ingredients.The salad is packed with chicken, bacon, cheese and herbs and vegetables for color. Then all tossed in a great easy creamy homemade dressing.
As the spring air starts to push in, there still might be a need for a soup to warm you up that isn't very hearty. In this quick and easy asian style dumpling soup, the soup is an easy broth style soup that is backed with smokiness of the bacon, plus the bold flavors of the ginger and garlic. Using frozen dumplings or pot stickers, it cuts the preparation time down and gives the soup filling feeling when eating. The soup can be done withing 30 minutes start to finish.
If you are in the search for a side dish that can do with pretty much any meal, you have found a great contender. In this creamed corn casserole, the texture is light and custard-like packed with a sweet corn and thyme flavor. The topping has a great crunch with a rich buttery and creaminess from the crackers and cheese. The dish takes a mixing bowl and a baking dish to bake in, the clean up is simple and the preparation is just as easy to do. The whole dish can be done in about 30 minutes. I find that frozen corn works the best and gives a great sweet flavor. The cheese in the recipe can be switched with any good melting cheese.
Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that brings the happiness out in people. Seeing family and friends all together enjoying time and my favorite part, delicious food together. It however can be stressful for the ones who are preparing the meal itself. In this apple and walnut stuffing, the recipe is simple and is packed with sweet and savory flavors cooked into the bread. The top of the stuffing is crisp from the added butter to the top while the middle is soft like traditional stuffing.
When it comes to making stuffing, the better bread you use the better the stuffing will turn out. In this recipe, you cube the bread and toast them until golden brown in place of letting the bread dry out over night cutting the start finish time down to a manageable time.
Are you looking to bring big flavor without spending too much time in the kitchen, this heart-warming root vegetable au gratin brings the best of fall flavor into your kitchen with a few, simple ingredients. The rutabaga and potatoes are cooked quickly on the stove top to cut down the baking time and help mend all of the flavors together. Then the vegetables are baked tender covered with fresh creamy fontina cheese. This dish is perfect for a side dish for the holidays and the fontina cheese can be exchanged with fresh parmesan cheese.
One of the most dredged vegetables out there is the brussel sprouts. It feels like most kids are tortured to eat these growing up. It seems like I was one of those kids that wasn't lucky, probably one of the reasons I enjoy eating them. Brussel sprouts are full of nutritious fiber, fatty acids and rich in antioxidants.
These Firecracker Brussels sprouts have a great pop of chili flavor, but does not overwhelm the taste of the brussel sprouts.. They are oven-roasted and full of flavor and crisp around the edges but tender inside. If you are ever on the verge of trying them, this recipe is a good one to bring them back to your plate.
When looking for a great mid week dinner, the ease of cleaning up after is just as important as the time it takes to cook. In this creamy pasta with baby spinach, the whole dish is made in one single pan, which makes the clean up just as quick. The pasta comes out perfectly cooked and packed with fresh spinach all covered in a cream sauce that makes it self with the cream and parmesan cheese. The whole dish can be made in under 30 minutes.
It seems like almost ever salad the is served at a backyard barbecue is a pasta salad, potato or the standard lettuce salad. One of the best salads is ones using rice. Rice is a way under used base for a salad. It takes on flavors like pasta salads and is great at holding onto the vegetables as you are spooning it on to your dish or mouth. This thai wild rice salad has the great flavors of both the white and wild rices, plus the tangy thai vinaigrette. Plus the crunch of the vegetables it creates a great all around salad that will have your friends and family raving.
Hey everyone, I am Dan and Live in Minnesota. I am here to show you the wonderful world of cooking and baking. As being a young boy in the kitchen to being a chef for over 10 years, I will show you the great recipes I have used over the years and what I do next. Please stick around and Enjoy!!