Category: Sides

Roasted Brassicas

Roasting is an easy way to prepare any of the stalky brassica varieties, including broccoli, cauliflower, broccoflower, broccolini, and so forth. Preheat an oven to 400° or so. Prepare a baking sheet or shallow metal roasting pan. (Optionally lining it with foil or parchment simplifies cleanup.) Cut the brassicas into florets. (Broccolini stalks are so

Pickled carrots (& onions)

Shred carrots. Slice onions across, then chop the rings so they break apart into lengths. Stuff into Mason jar. In a small saucepot, simmer together 2 cups vinegar (apple cider, white, distilled, red… balsamic is a step too far and I do not recommend), 1 cup (? maybe less?) sugar, spices (pickling or some combination

Scalloped Potatoes

Ingredients: Potatoes, onion, butter, cream, flour, Parmesan, pepper, salt. Options: ham, garlic. Method: Cast-iron skillet; medium hot (350ºF) oven for over an hour. Pre-heat oven (and pan, while you are collecting your ingredients). Butter bottom of skillet. Slice onion, cover bottom. Slice potatoes (mandoline if you have one), layer. Sprinkle with flour, parmesan, salt, pepper,

Basic Hot Sauce

Heat a knob of butter in a skillet on medium-high heat. Slice and sauté a large purple onion and a large handful of fresh chili peppers along with their seeds (washing your hands afterwards). When those are soft, clear a space in the middle of the pan and add a whole head’s worth of garlic

Focaccia

I wish I had known twenty years ago that we could have home-made focaccia as often as we wanted and with just fifteen minutes of effort. Start by making a basic no-knead bread dough: this step takes less than ten minutes. In a large bowl, mix three cups of all-purpose flour, a teaspoon and a

Mashed Potatoes

Based on a recipe by Alton Brown. Around 4 pounds of potatoes — yukon gold, or a mix of golds with russets and reds. If you’re using russets, scrub them with steel wool or a stiff brush to soften the skin; golds and reds can be left Cut the potatoes into pieces between 1/2″ and

Apple-Chestnut Bread Dressing

A traditional side dish at Thanksigiving, some people use this to stuff their turkey, but the emerging consensus is that it’s better to bake it separately — which is good news for us vegetarians! I made this for the first time at this year’s Thanksgiving, after reading a dozen different recipes and extracting the elements

Creamed Spinach

Sauté a large chopped onion in half a stick of butter until onion softens. Optionally add a carrot, a bell pepper, a large mushroom, or a handful of chopped cherry tomatoes. Make a space in the center of the pot, add garlic, basil, paprika.  Cook a few minutes to take the edge off the garlic.

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Peel and coarsely cube five giant (or ten small) sweet potatoes. Add to a pot with a stick of butter, 1.25 cups light brown sugar, a half cup of water, salt and pepper. Simmer on medium around 45 min, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are soft and syrup has thickened to a glaze.

Maple Carrots

Scrub and slice two large bunches of carrots. Add to a pot with a stick of butter and a cup of maple syrup. Simmer on medium around 30-45 minutes, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until carrots are soft and syrup has thickened to a glaze. This can bubble away on the back burner without much attention