Side Dishes for your meals

Delicious side dishes to compliment the main item in your meal

Spicy Smashed Fingerling Potatoes for #SundaySupper

October 5, 2014
Spicy Smashed Fingerling Potatoes | Magnolia Days

Cooking is a process. Simmering, roasting, freezing, blanching, baking, and frying are just some of the way food is prepared for consumption. The blending of ingredients through these processes combines flavors and textures to give a taste experience different from the individual components. As with many things in the modern world, some of those processes […]

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Hatch Chile Cilantro Slaw

September 23, 2014
Hatch Chile Cilantro Slaw | Magnolia Days

Slaw is a simple side or topping with so many variations. Cabbage reigns as the most common vegetable used in it. Then there are slaws made with shredded broccoli, celery, carrots and more. Texture plays a part too. The cabbage can be thick shredded, finely shredded, or grated. The most important part is the dressing. […]

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Cuban Black Beans

April 10, 2014
Cuban Black Beans | Magnolia Days

Those are Cuban black beans in an Asian rice bowl. Yes, I had to put that out there at the beginning. The intention wasn’t to mix cultures. The beans do not have an Asian twist in any way. Color is the reason behind it. Red came to mind when I was determining the scheme of […]

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Cauliflower Gratin

March 13, 2014
Cauliflower Gratin | Magnolia Days

Color can add visual interest and catch attention. Think of old black and white photos. When an element in one is colorized it makes that part of the photograph stand out. A colorful painting does wonders for a blank wall. Color also contributes to the aesthetics of food. One of the tricks for food photography […]

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Roasted Potatoes with Onion and Bacon

March 11, 2014
Roasted Potatoes with Onion and Bacon

He stood in the kitchen looking into the oven. The meal he prepared was waiting on this final dish. All it needed was the right amount of browning before taking it out of the oven. Too soon and it would not have that wonderful crispness to it. The aroma of a magical secret southern ingredient […]

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Roasted Baby Carrots with Madeira Orange Glaze

February 27, 2014
Roasted Baby Carrots with Madeira Orange Glaze | Magnolia Days

Oh the joy of success and disappointment in failure with cooking. This week has been filled with both. Everything always turning out perfect is not anywhere close to reality. Most of the time things go very well and according to plan. However a different cooking method can greatly affect results. It can also make the […]

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Creole Green Beans with Peanuts

February 13, 2014
Creole Green Beans with Peanuts | Magnolia Days

It only took six years. Those years swept by so quickly. Over those years a mental note of a to-do has popped up from time to time. It was always pushed back for one reason or another. The reasons were all trivial and yet they got in the way. Why? There is no definitive answer. […]

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Brown Butter Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

January 21, 2014
Brown Butter Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts | Magnolia Days

The doorbell rings and the hounds spring into action. They go from a complete slumber to an all-out run for the door. They split up and go to the flanking windows. Noses are pressed to the glass and ears are perked straight up. Their wagging tails clearly show excitement of a visitor. Opening the front […]

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Spicy Corn Casserole

January 7, 2014
Spicy Corn Casserole | Magnolia Days

Rows of kernels pop as the knife slices down the ear. Bits of corn are splattered all over the counter. Milky liquid drips into the bowl. More liquid falls as the blade scrapes the ear. It’s a messy process to get corn off the cob. That comes after the hassle of shucking. There is the […]

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Maple Baked Purple Sweet Potatoes

December 19, 2013
Maple Baked Purple Sweet Potatoes | Magnolia Days

Food and color are intertwined and connected. Each one has a certain association which brings images to our minds. Think of a ripe tomato and more than likely it is an image of a bright red one. Yellow is associated with bananas. Blue is for those lovely round berries of summer.  Green is for a […]

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