Category: Sides

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


Adapted from “Baking Illustrated”. Preheat oven & baking pan at 425ºF. 120 g (1 cup) yellow cornmeal 120 g (1 cup) all purpose flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 tsp. salt [whisk together, form a well] 1/2 cup melted butter 2 lg. eggs 1 1/2 cups milk [combine]

Cream of Corn soup

Adapted from BonAppetit. 9 ears of corn: cut the kernels off 3 ears; grate the kernels off 6 ears. Break corn cobs in half, and place them in a large pot with 2 c. milk, 1 c. cream and bring it to gentle boil. Saute 1 chopped onion, 1 grated carrot, grated corn in 2T

Potato salad

3? lbs. small red potatoes, chunked, boiled in salted water ’til tender chopped: red onion scallion sweet pickle whisked: 3/4? cup mayonnaise 1/4? cup sour cream 3? Tablespoons cider vinegar (big ol’ splash) 1-2 Tablespoons celery seed salt pepper Combine potatoes, chopped veggies, dressing. Toss in a large bowl. Devour.