Potluck Side Dish :: Calico Baked Beans

baked beans recipe

Got any cookouts to attend this weekend? Well I have the perfect potluck recipe for you to make and take! When we get together with friends or family for casual backyard parties it’s always “bring a dish” style. Everyone brings their favorite recipe for salads, baked beans, or dessert, and there’s usually some recipe exchanges taking […]

Veggie Pesto Pasta Salad

veggie pesto pasta salad

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and All You, but all my opinions are my own. #lifeforless #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO What’s your favorite place to get inspiration for recipes? Obviously I love to find them online, but I also LOVE to get them from books and magazines […]

Chris’ Summer Potato Salad

summer-potato-salad

Last week I mentioned that we hosted a last minute Memorial day cookout for a few close friends. It was literally Saturday evening and we made plans for Sunday evening – 24 hours to pull it all together. I ran to the grocery store and picked up what I needed to make everything, including this […]

Healthy Eating – Smashed Cauliflower Recipe

smashed cauliflower

Even though I love to entertain and serve “party” food, for everyday living we like to keep it pretty healthy around here. We believe in the straight forward approach too, so we’ve brought up our kids with fruits and veggies served at most meals, and the old school thought that you either eat it or […]

Cheesy Grits Casserole

cheesy grits casserole

I’m showing my Southern roots today, BIG time, with this {oh-so} cheesy grits casserole recipe. If you’re not from the South you may be asking “what is a grit?” – basically it’s coarsely ground corn, and on their own grits are rather bland and boring, but they are also similar to tofu in that they […]

Savory Rosemary & Parmesan Bread Pudding

rosemary & parmesan bread pudding

As one of Alexia Foods Tastemaker Bloggers I get to sample a variety of side dish items {breads, potatoes & fries, veggies, even appetizers}. One of the things I like to do is transform these items into NEW recipes like I did with the waffle fries here. This time I turned their rosemary & olive […]

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

sauteed Brussels sprouts with bacon

This year for our Thanksgiving dinner I decided to try something new…something green to help lighten the load next to the mac-n-cheese, pumpkin cake, stuffing, etc…something like – Brussels sprouts! I know what you’re thinking – “Brussels sprouts??!!” Well, don’t hate on these little guys until you’ve given them a real chance and eaten FRESH […]