Sweet Potatoes--Five Ways

Sweet Potatoes–Five Ways

Sweet Potatoes are a Fall favorite in our household, so we decided to share five different ways to prepare them. This time of year, I can frequently find fresh sweet potatoes on sale for fifty cents per pound, so they’re a frugal choice as a side dish. These five recipes for sweet potatoes aren’t arranged in any particular order; they’re all delicious. Pineapple Sweet Potatoes Pineapple Sweet Potatoes are a popular choice for us. This is a simple recipe that we created one Easter. It’s light and delicious, and it doesn’t contain any added sugar (except for the marshmallows on […]

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

     Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes have become one of my favorite ways to prepare sweet potatoes whether I’m serving them plain or adding them to recipes.  I love to slip the prepared sweet potatoes out of their skin and serve them with only butter, and occasionally brown sugar and cinnamon, mashed into their flesh, but the possibilities are endless.   Cooking your sweet potatoes in the Instant pot is the easiest, and simplest,  way to cook sweet potatoes  in order to incorporate them into other recipes such as Pineapple Sweet Potatoes, Streusel Topped Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Tangy Yams, or a sweet […]

Pickled Vegetable Relish

Pickled Vegetable Relish

Pickled Vegetable Relish is a good thing to have in your refrigerator. It’s great on sandwiches or salads. A dollop of pickled vegetable relish on your plate can perk up the simplest of dinners. I enjoy a couple spoonfuls of pickled vegetable relish with beans and cornbread. This recipe is very simple. The only thing that’s time consuming is all of the chopping. Once everything is chopped, it’s a simple matter to get everything into the jar. Actually, it can be a pain to pack all of these vegetables into a pint sized jar, but they shrink in the brine, […]

Fried Potatoes and Onons

Fried Potatoes and Onions

Fried Potatoes and Onions is a dish that was served on a regular basis when I was growing up. Potatoes are a frugal food, and combining them with onions, adds a depth of flavor that makes this a real treat. My mother would frequently fry the potatoes in the bacon fat that she had in a can on the stove. I remember eating meals that consisted of nothing more than fried potatoes and onions with a side of cooked greens. I loved to eat my Fried Potatoes and onions with a side of ketchup, but my father would put a […]

Simple Pea Salad

Simple Pea Salad

Pea salad is my favorite way to eat peas.   The first time I tried pea salad was at a buffet.  My companion told me it was “delicious,” so I reluctantly tried it.  I’m not a big fan of peas.  We ate them often when I was a child, so they aren’t my favorite vegetable unless raw.  My opinion changed when I tried pea salad, and I spent the next few weeks perfecting the recipe until I believed that my pea salad was perfect.    Baker’s Man and a few other friends, and members of the family, agreed. What will you need […]

Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice

Spanish rice can be made many different ways. This version is one that I received from a friend of mine who is actually a Salvadoran. Perhaps, I should have called this recipe Salvadoran Rice instead of Spanish Rice. She called it Spanish rice, so I feel like I should honor her choice of name for the recipe, right? There are two other versions of a Spanish rice on this site. One was made using Knorr Mi Arroz seasoning, and the other was prepared using salsa to flavor the rice. As a result, I have been teased a bit by my […]

Pressure Cooker Collard Greens and Ham

Pressure Cooker Collard Greens and Ham

Pressure Cooker Collard Greens and Ham is one of those simple southern style suppers that, when served alongside some corn bread, makes a delicious meal. This recipe is one of my leftover makeover recipes. The leftover that was being turned into something new was the bone leftover from our Easter Ham. I have to confess. I didn’t trim the bone very closely before I threw it into the freezer, so when I transformed the ham bone into ham broth, I ended up with 8 cups of broth and 3 cups of small ham pieces. I had to come up with […]

Country Zucchini Casserole

Country Zucchini Casserole

Country Zucchini Casserole is a great way to use up that abundance of zucchini that is almost always prevalent, at some point, during every home gardeners summer.  I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new ways to use up the zucchini harvest from my summer garden.  Most years, I have a bumper crop of zucchini. The best crop I ever had was 20 pounds per week, but one year, the zucchini weren’t very productive.  That year, we had more crookneck and patty pan squashes, but I suspect that any type of summer squash, or even a mixture […]

Green Beans and Tomatoes

Green Beans and Tomatoes

When you’re looking for a new vegetable side dish to serve with dinner, look no further than Green Beans and Tomatoes. This is a very simple recipe, colorful, and flavorful side dish that’s quick to put together and goes great with a variety of entrees. If you need a new way to serve green beans, or if you have some grape or cherry tomatoes that need to be used before they spoil, Green Beans and Tomatoes is the perfect solution. It’s also a great recipe for when you need to make your green beans go a little further.

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples is a twist on a traditional German side dish.   At least, hat’s what a German octogenarian told me.  This recipe is our attempt to recreate the dish for her.   We modified the recipe for Red Cabbage and Apples that she described by preparing it in a slow cooker to make it a bit less labor intensive.