Category: Sides

Irish Soda Bread

Our version of Irish soda bread is tender, flavorful, and most of all, EASY!  Whip up a batch in no time and you’ll have your house smelling like home.
Our version of Irish soda bread is tender, flavorful, and most of all, EASY! Whip up a batch in no time and you'll have your house smelling like home.

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You know how some people are all down on baking mixes?  Like, cake mix is an abomination, and if that’s the only option it’s better to have NO CAKE AT ALL?

Those people be crazy.

Me, I love a good mix.  Sure, some mixes are pretty poor quality, but sometimes you find one that’s a winner, and then guess what?  There are less steps between you and a delicious baked treat.  Sounds like a genius plan to me.

When I was studying abroad in Ireland, we found just such a mix for Irish soda bread, or “brown bread” as I think this particular brand called it.  We were four girls in an apartment with a comically small kitchen, expected to store all of our groceries in a single mini fridge.  Needless to say, our cooking was on the simple side.  Kneading bread?  No counter space for that nonsense.  But a mix for a homemade quick bread?  Now THAT we could manage.  Pro tip: if your kitchen lacks a bread pan, improvise with an inverted, unidentified pyrex lid that doesn’t seem to match up with any actual container!  Small kitchens don’t matter when you get to eat fresh, crusty bread – and everything feels a little more like home.

The recipe I’m sharing today for Irish soda bread doesn’t actually use a mix, but it’s darn close.  In the spirit of those cozy-kitchen days, this is a truly traditional Irish recipe, with five ingredients, no kneading, and way more deliciousness than seems possible for something so easy.

Our version of Irish soda bread is tender, flavorful, and most of all, EASY! Whip up a batch in no time and you'll have your house smelling like home. (more…)

Amish Potato Rolls (Make-Ahead Recipe)

Amish Potato Rolls are the most tender, flavorful rolls you’ll ever try, perfect for serving with a holiday feast.  Even better, you can make the dough the day before you bake them! Amish Potato Rolls are the most tender, flavorful rolls you'll ever try, perfect for serving with a holiday feast. Even better, you can make the dough the day before you bake them!

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Is any holiday meal complete without rolls?  Everyone I’ve ever met – EVERYONE – wants to eat rolls with dinner, including those who claim they’re “watching their carbs” and “kale is healthier” and “cauliflower tastes almost like bread.”  Yup, even those people secretly want to eat a nice chewy, warm, cozy roll slathered in butter.  True story.  It’s just human nature.

Yet many people find rolls a little tricky to bake.  Whether it’s the time it takes to let the rolls rise, or whether it’s juggling kitchen space during a Thanksgiving baking spree, rolls sometimes fall by the wayside.  THIS IS WRONG, PEOPLE!  Bring back the rolls!  And there’s a simple way to fit them into your Thanksgiving or Christmas or other holiday schedule without any stress at all.  Enter: the make-ahead roll.  These Amish potato rolls are the best recipe I’ve found to relieve your holiday stress while making everyone happy.

Oh, and let’s be clear.  This is not one of those recipes that sacrifices taste and flavor for ease of preparation.  Hand on my heart, Amish potato rolls are honestly the most luscious rolls I’ve ever eaten in my life.  They’re just dense enough to be super-satisfying, without being heavy at all.   The secret ingredient to these perfectly moist rolls?  Mashed potato.

Mind.  Blown. Amish Potato Rolls are the most tender, flavorful rolls you'll ever try, perfect for serving with a holiday feast. Even better, you can make the dough the day before you bake them!

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Warm Smashed Potatoes with Mustard & Caper Vinaigrette

Warm Smashed Potatoes pair perfectly with a salty-savory Mustard and Caper Vinaigrette, giving you a hearty side to any fall meal.Warm Smashed Potatoes pair perfectly with a salty-savory Mustard and Caper Vinaigrette, giving you a hearty side to any fall meal.

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Where would we be without potatoes?  No fries, no tater tots, no hash browns.  Indeed, the world would be a sad place without them.  And according to Matt Damon in “The Martian,” potatoes and enough math can save your life on Mars.  This quick recipe for Warm Smashed Potatoes is perfect for weekday dinners, with a nice briny counterpoint from the vinegar and capers to punch it up a bit.

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Grilled Cheesy Garlic Potatoes

Easy and cheesy, these Grilled Cheesy Garlic Potatoes are cooked in foil until tender and flavorful.  They’re the perfect BBQ side dish, and clean-up is a breeze!

Easy and cheesy, these Grilled Cheesy Garlic Potatoes are cooked in foil until tender and flavorful. They're the perfect BBQ side dish, and clean-up is a breeze!

By now, you have probably realized that we grill a lot, and there are few reasons for that. First of all, it tastes great! Also, grilling tends to be fast, and even though we love our food, spending hours in the kitchen after a day of work is a little much to ask for during the week. Additionally, it helps keep the cooking heat outside, and thus not diametrically opposed to the air conditioning. Not to mention it cuts down on the dishes, which is just the icing on the cake.

These Grilled Cheesy Garlic Potatoes, with all their flavorful, gooey goodness, are just one more reason to love grilling all the things. (more…)

Tomato, Basil, and Goat Cheese Tart

Tomato, Basil, and Goat Cheese Tart combines the perfect savory flavors of the season in a buttery cornmeal crust.  Good hot or cold, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
Tomato, Basil, and Goat Cheese Tart combines the perfect savory flavors of the season in a buttery cornmeal crust. Good hot or cold, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!While the modern grocery store gives us the ability to make almost any dish regardless of the time of year, it’s always nice to cook up a recipe that takes full advantage of the bounty of the season.  For me, a quintessential summer combination is tomato and basil.  I’m sure that’s hardly unique, but it conjures up memories of eating dinner out on the deck as the sun was setting over the mountains.  And while this Tomato, Basil, and Goat Cheese Tart can certainly be served with dinner, it is versatile enough to pull duty at just about any meal, or slice it up small for a colorful appetizer.  (Liz has also been known to eat it bite by bite straight from the fridge.)

Tomato, Basil, and Goat Cheese Tart combines the perfect savory flavors of the season in a buttery cornmeal crust. Good hot or cold, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! (more…)