Mexican Rice with Tomatoes and Jalapenos

This tomato-based red rice is a popular side to serve with many Mexican dishes. It’s very easy to make ahead and reheat when you need to serve it. Served with Spicy Mexican Refried Beans and Chicken Chimichangas – Baked…

Sweet Potato and Apple Latkes

Doesn’t this combination sound good? These latkes are both savory and sweet  and served with a tangy buttermilk sauce, creamy sriracha sauce or a horseradish cocktail sauce. When I was growing up my Dad made potato pancakes out of a box (would you believe) to go with Sauerbraten and all the fixins’. Now, I not … Continue reading

Colcannon Potatoes for St. Paddy’s Day

Colcannon comes from the Gaelic term “cal ceannann” which means white-headed cabbage. The Irish tradition is to serve this as the main dish for Halloween festivities and is known as “Colcannon Night”. The introduction of this classic potato and cabbage dish in America has been served more commonly on St. Patrick’s Day. I looked at … Continue reading

Spicy Mexican Refried Beans with Onions, Garlic and Jalapenos

All good Mexican meals need a side of refried beans, not just from the can but “kicked up”. This recipe originally came from Chef Rick Bayless (whose specialty is Mexican), and then adapted from fellow cook Josette @ thebrookcook. I further adapted Josette’s recipe and you can go here https://thebrookcook.wordpress.com/?s=refried+beans    for her original recipe. … Continue reading

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

I love hasselback potatoes and I love my new hasselback potato slicer. Makes my life easier and more importantly safer when I use this neat kitchen gadget. I first tried it with russet potatoes which is the best potato gratin dish I have ever eaten. This recipe was in one of my last issues of … Continue reading

Sausage, Cranberries and Apple Dressing With Fresh Herbs

Even though it is after Thanksgiving I had to share this “new favorite” dressing. This would make a great side not only with turkey but ham – think holiday dinners!  It is my fourth dressing/stuffing recipe and my second one with sausage.  Besides sausage this recipe has cranberries and apples in it and I also … Continue reading

Mujadara with Crispy Onions

I do love my cookbooks and I especially enjoy ones by authors who live in the state of Michigan. Just like I support the local farmers and buy their produce at the market I also support other “made in Michigan” products  from my Great Lake State. Rosewater and Orange Blossom cookbook certainly has a special … Continue reading