Recipe Spotlight: Parmesan Herb Potatoes

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Crispy Parmesan Herb Potatoes make an excellent side dish, especially for weeknight meals.

These crispy Parmesan herb potatoes are packed with flavor and easy to pop in the oven when you’ve got something else cooking on the stove top. Continue reading “Recipe Spotlight: Parmesan Herb Potatoes”

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Wake Up Dinner with Chili-Lime Jalapeno Corn

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When certain fresh vegetables are not in season, frozen ones are the next best thing – and March just so happens to be National Frozen Food Month. Today, I’m taking this opportunity to share my favorite side dish: Chili-Lime Jalapeno Corn. Continue reading “Wake Up Dinner with Chili-Lime Jalapeno Corn”

How To Create Garlic-Herb Flavored Butter

Garlic herb butter adds delicious flavor to breads, sandwiches and steak.
Garlic-herb butter adds delicious flavor to breads, sandwiches and steaks.

I love quick cooking tips that pack big flavor punch! Today, we’re talking butter…that little stick of happiness that literally makes everything better. Julia Child said it herself: “With enough butter, anything is good.” For a cook, room temperature butter is like a blank canvas. If you’ve never tried flavored butters, they’re really great for enhancing bread, sandwiches, seafood, chicken and even steaks! They make even the most mundane meal special. As if butter could get any better, right? In this post, I’m sharing a three-ingredient recipe for garlic-herb butter that will take bread from basic to gourmet in minutes!

Stir together and wa-la!
Stir together and wa-la!

If you’re anything like me, it’s often you end up with leftover or day-old baguette. I can never seem to use the entire thing! I bought a loaf of French bread for the purpose of making bruschetta the other day, and when I was finished, there sat over half a loaf.  So, when spaghetti was the main course for dinner the next day, the softened butter in my dish on the counter top held all the more appeal. What better side dish to round out the meal than with crusty slices of garlic-herb bread? With half a stick of my room temperature butter in a bowl, I simply minced one large clove of garlic, chopped about 3-4 tablespoons of parsley and added a pinch of sea salt. You can use any combination of fresh herbs you have on hand. Thyme, basil, you name it!

Day-old bread is perfect for turning into croutons or baking for a side dish with dinner.
Day-old bread is perfect for turning into croutons or baking for a side dish with dinner.

If you’d like to try the same thing, here’s how: Using a serrated knife, slice the French loaf right down the center, place the halves on a large baking sheet and prepare it for slathering.

It's of utmost importance that the butter is room temperature for proper spreading and mixing consistency.
It’s of utmost importance that the butter is room temperature for proper spreading and mixing consistency.

Smear the butter mixture all over the bread, taking extra care to get the mixture into all those little crevices. Pop the pan in the oven and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes.

Now, isn't that just the prettiest thing?
Now, isn’t that just the prettiest thing?

When the bread has finished baking, the garlic looks as if it has attained the ultimate tan. The combination of the garlic and herb mixture makes your home smell like a neighborhood bakery!

Garlic-herb bread and spaghetti are meant to be.
Garlic-herb bread and spaghetti are meant to be. 

Tucked next to a plate of spaghetti, the garlic-herb bread makes the meal Some Kinda Good!

Flavored butters can be sweet or savory. Here are a few other recipe ideas to pair with softened butter:

  • Local honey and a pinch of salt for serving with hot biscuits
  • Chopped fresh blackberries, jam or pear preserves for serving with homemade bread
  • Cajun spices for serving with grilled shrimp

The possibilities are endless. How do you dress up your meals with flavored butters? Share your recipes with me using #SomeKindaGood!

Three Thanksgiving Side Dishes For Your Family Table

With the biggest food holiday of the year just days away, I’ve got three side dishes to enliven your family feast. Each recipe offers something unique: 1) a family tradition, 2) a restaurant-inspired side dish and 3) an original. From sweet to savory, I’ve got you covered! Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving at home or traveling, cook up one of these Southern sides, and you’ll have everyone chowing down with gratitude. Continue reading “Three Thanksgiving Side Dishes For Your Family Table”