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Easy Braised Collard Greens with Bacon. Collard greens with bacon are just so good that I couldn't resist the heavy bundles of fresh collards piled high at the produce stand this week.

Easy Braised Collard Greens with Bacon

And even though we just gave you a recipe for rappini I had to share this too. Collards are related to the cabbage, along with kale, turnip greens and mustard greens - all of which can be substituted for one another in a braised recipe like this. Greens with bacon or ham are a Southern classic - spicy, smoky and tender in a savory broth. Collard greens and their spreading leathery leaves can feel unwieldy at first. I used to work in a restaurant where we prepared masses of collards every night, and the prep cooks showed me how to fold each leaf in half and slit the tough rib away with the point of my knife.

10 Reasons Why I Always Have a Bag of Arugula in the Refrigerator. Once a somewhat exotic ingredient, arugula has become mainstream.

10 Reasons Why I Always Have a Bag of Arugula in the Refrigerator

You can find a bag of pre-washed arugula in most supermarkets these days, as well as heaped into large baskets at the farmers market. Arugula is an easy to grow salad green, making it a good home garden and window box garden choice. Its peppery taste adds extra oomph to everything from salads to soup. Simple Sesame Noodles. Sometimes, simple is best.

Simple Sesame Noodles

Often, simple is best. Most of the time, simple is best. There are so many wonderful, inherently delicious flavors in the most simple ingredients, and you don’t always have to grind and saute and mix and beat and sear and combine thousands of ingredients to make something utterly delicious. Sesame noodles fall under that umbrella. This is a very simple recipe for yummy sesame noodles. I love them just the way they are. Start by cooking noodles. Next comes the simple sauce/dressing: 1/4 cup soy sauce. These measurements are all approximations; I almost always go in after the fact and taste, adjust, taste, adjust.

I’m a rebel. Chop up 3 to 4 cloves of garlic. Now add 3 tablespoons white sugar to the soy sauce. Old Fashioned Onion Rings Recipe. How To Roast Any Vegetable — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn. I am a firm believer in the power of a roasted vegetable.

How To Roast Any Vegetable — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Not only can virtually every vegetable be cooked in this way — no recipe required — but roasted vegetables are universally pleasurable to eat. Have a picky eater in the house? Want a break from your usual steamed veggie side dish? Try roasting your broccoli or green beans or cauliflower tonight. Southern Creamed Corn Recipe : Patrick and Gina Neely. Creamed Corn Recipe. Honey Roasted Carrots Recipe. Spring Preserves: Quick Radish Pickles. Braised Radishes with Shallots & Bacon — Recipes from The Kitchn. For a long time I avoided radishes, thinking they were only meant to be eaten raw.

Braised Radishes with Shallots & Bacon — Recipes from The Kitchn

I was a little put off by their sharp heat, too. But then, one spring a few years ago, inspired by a bunch of lavender and scarlet Easter egg radishes, I rebelled a bit. Why not cook radishes? In fact, why not braise them? This tangy, bacon-laced recipe was the result, and when it comes to cooking radishes, I've never looked back. Black Bean Salad with Corn, Red Peppers, Avocado & Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette. 5 stars based on 52 votes Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Pinterest This recipe was inspired by one of my readers, Ellen Koh, who sent me a fabulous Mexican Bean Salad recipe.

Black Bean Salad with Corn, Red Peppers, Avocado & Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette

Orange Glazed Carrots Recipe - How to Roast Red Peppers ~ Roasted Red Peppers. This weeks “How To” Tip: How To Roast Red Peppers.

How to Roast Red Peppers ~ Roasted Red Peppers

Garlic Rice. This is a recipe that I have grown up on and have always absolutely loved.

Garlic Rice

Ingredients: 1 cup long-grain white rice 2 Tbsp butter 2 cups chicken broth (or 2 tsp chicken base with 2 cups hot water mixed together) 3 large cloves of garlic, minced or crushed 1/2 tsp garlic salt 1 tsp chopped parsley (this is totally optional, I only add it if I’m trying to make it pretty) Directions: Soak rice in water for one hour. Heat butter in large skillet, add rice. Cook rice until most of the grains are toasted a nice golden color, some a little darker.

Meanwhile in a medium-sized casserole dish, add 2 cups chicken broth, garlic, and garlic salt. When rice is finished browning, add to casserole dish with broth mix. Cover. Green Bean Casserole. Thanksgiving is just over two weeks away, and boy is my whisk tired.

Green Bean Casserole

I’ve been cooking Thanksgiving dishes to share with you and in the process, I’ve even been storing up things like pie crusts and cornbread for my own spread. I’ve have had a blast making a complete mess of of my kitchen.


Quinoa. Pumpkin Mac and Cheese. Taters. Creamed Avocado and Lime Chilled Pasta. If you are feeling that you are running out of creamy pasta recipes, or simply want to try something new, what about this one which is made of creamed avocado.

Creamed Avocado and Lime Chilled Pasta

Baked parmesan zucchini, 50 calories for entire recipe! - Where Home Starts. Parmesan-Roasted Green Beans Recipe. 5 ingredients and 20 minutes – that is all. I LOVE french fries, but I would choose these green beans over french fries any day of the week. There is a little crunch to them but they are FULL of flavor. This recipe is Gluten- Free. If you like this recipe then PIN IT on Pinterest Also Check Out. Oven Roasted Cauliflower Recipe. The Best Broccoli of Your Life. You know you’ve done something right with broccoli when the person you made it for describes it to someone else the next day as “better than biting into a steak.”

Yes! roasted veggies are soo good! – mrshoek

Those were Craig’s words and they were a marked change from the first words he uttered about the broccoli, before he bit in: “You made broccoli for dinner?