Potatoes Gratin, for a delicious side dish!

If you are looking for a potato casserole that is a "cut above" all the rest, this Potatoes Gratin will be on the list for sure. Potatoes Gratin, a new potato casserole! Shortly after Christmas, I was deciding what to serve with ham. I came across a recipe for Potatoes Gratin that I had found some years back. It is similar to Grandmama Hall's Scalloped Potato Casserole, but with Gruyere cheese instead of cheddar. But, this potato casserole has such a luscious taste . . . truly delicious! The flavors are different than your typical potato casserole. In addition, I also made the Broccoli-Cauliflower Dried Cranberries and Pecans Salad. This broccoli salad is now one of my absolute favorites! It has all the ingredients I love:  fresh … [Read more...]

Black Bean and Rice Salad, a tasty side or salad

Black Bean and Rice Salad, a new and tasty dish! When I planned our Hanukkah Dinner, I needed a salad or side dish to go with my vegetarian menu. The menu leaned toward Mexican food, so I chose to make this Black Bean and Rice Salad. My daughter, Candace, had given me a recipe for this salad years ago, but I never made it. So, I took her recipe, and another one I found, and created this one. I can tell you, this salad is almost ADDICTIVE! My husband couldn't stop eating it! LOL! And, our guests loved this Black Bean and Rice Salad, with everyone going back for seconds . . . and thirds! Making the Black Bean and Rice Salad . . . Since we were having guests, I decided to double the recipe for this Black Bean and Rice Salad. But, for a … [Read more...]

Green Bean Bundles: A Thanksgiving Side

Green Bean Bundles are delicious and make a nice presentation for special dinners. The bacon plus the sweet and savory sauce are mouth-watering for sure! Yum!!! Green Bean Bundles! Several years ago, my daughter, Candace, found a recipe for Green Bean Bundles. She gave the recipe to my daughter-in-law who made them for my son, Jason. He absolutely LOVED THEM! The "absolutely LOVED THEM" is really an understatement! She made them every chance she got, and he enjoyed them each time. As I thought about our Thanksgiving menu, these Green Bean Bundles came to my mind. Green beans are always a good choice as a side dish, but when you bake them in bacon . . .  OH MY! . . . you can't beat that! The Green Bean Bundles Recipe . . . The 5 … [Read more...]

Mama’s Squash Casserole, a fall family favorite!

Mama's Squash Casserole is one of our family's favorite side dishes for fall. The tender squash is baked in a cheesy sauce, with chopped jalapeno peppers for a little "heat" in every bite. It is then topped with a buttery cracker crumb and cheese topping. Delish! Mama's Squash Casserole for our Dinner! Candace has recently been making dinner for us on Sunday nights. This week, she asked me what I thought about making  Mama's Squash Casserole, because everyone in our family loves it. Since it is fall, fresh squash is in plentiful supply in the grocery store. (It is all the time, but seems better in the summer and fall.) I told her I thought Mama's Squash Casserole would be a great addition to the meal. So, it was added to the menu! I … [Read more...]

Mashed Potato Casserole!

This Mashed Potato Casserole, which is adapted from one by the Pioneer Woman, is the perfect side dish for so many main dishes! Make it the day before, then bake it the next day for your dinner. Mashed Potato Casserole for the Welcome Home Dinner . . . Nothing goes better with Salisbury Steak and gravy than mashed potatoes. But, an even BETTER choice was the Mashed Potato Casserole! I have one of the Pioneer Woman's cookbooks, "Pioneer Woman Cooks", which Candace gave me one Mother's Day. In it, I found a recipe for PW's Creamy Mashed Potatoes in it. Candace had made the recipe before, dotted the top with butter, and baked them. In her opinion, they are better than regular mashed potatoes. So, I made this Mashed Potato Casserole as one … [Read more...]