Mimi’s Creamed Cauliflower

INGREDIENTS: 1  head of fresh cauliflower 1  pkg  McCormick Original Country Gravy 2 cups Half and Half Grated Pepperjack Cheese DIRECTIONS: Steam cauliflower until tender.  Follow instructions on McCormick pkg.  I USED HALF and HALF INSTEAD OF THE WATER. Salt, pepper and Grated Pepperjack  cheese to taste Advertisements

Nana’s Zucchini Casserole

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 block unsalted butter 1/2 onion diced 1/4 bell pepper diced 3 medium zucchini – cubed 2 small squash – cubed 1 tomato – cubed breadcrumbs Creole Seasoning Salt Pepper Garlic Powder Mozzarella Cheese DIRECTIONS Saute onion and bell pepper until onion is clear. Add the zucchini and squash and cost with butter.  Cook…

Nana’s Green Beans

These green beans are sure to sooth your soul.  Nothing like a good comfort food side on these cold winter days… INGREDIENTS: 1 packet uncured cubed ham 2 bags frozen cut green beans 1 onion 2 tbsp minced garlic 1 cup water 3 tbsp butter DIRECTIONS: Fry ham in 1 tbsp butter. Add diced onion…

Zucchini Cannelloni

This is a labor intensive one, but a fancy side or appetizer for guests (if you want to impress of course)!   INGREDIENTS: 4 medium uncooked zucchini 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil 2 clove(s) garlic clove(s), smashed 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 tsp kosher salt, plus extra for salting water 1 cup(s)…

Zucchini Bites

Super easy side dish that is part healthy & delicious! INGREDIENTS: 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1/3 cup marinara sauce 1/2 cup finely grated mozzarella 1/4 cup pepperoni minis (I didn’t use these since I forgot to purchase beforehand) 1 tablespoon…

Parmesan Potato Fries

INGREDIENTS: 3 Large Baking Potatos – sliced in wedges 4 tbsp olive oil 2 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp Italian Seasoning 3/4 cup shredded parmesan DIRECTIONS: Set oven to 375.  Grease baking sheet. In a large bowl, toss potato wedges in the olive oil. In a small bowl mix together the…

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This is a recipe I have been on the hunt for for a while.  At last I have found one worthy of posting to the Cook Nook. INGREDIENTS:  3 Pounds Sweet Potatoes (4-5 medium) 3 slices of bacon, chopped 1 tbsp bourbon (I use Makers Mark) 1/2 cup heavy cream, warmed 6 tbsp cold salted…

Pear Slaw

Pear & pecan slaw – sounds crazy right? Well it does, but it tastes heavenly. Heres how to make it: INGREDIENTS: 1/3 cup chopped pecans 4 cups shredded purple cabbage 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1 pear chopped 4 scallions chopped 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar DIRECTIONS: 1. On medium heat, toast the pecans in a…

Brown Sugar Baby Carrots (5 out of 5 stars)

I’ve been trying to perfect this side for a wall, but my sweetened carrots have always fallen short.  At last I have finally found the perfect combination of sugar and butter. INGREDIENTS 3 small bags Baby Carrots 2 tbsp butter 1/4 cup brown sugar Pinch of salt Pinch of Pepper DIRECTIONS Add carrots to a…

Black Bean, Corn and Tomatoes – Side Dish (5 stars)

Came across this recipe on skinnytaste.com when I was fixing a flank steak.  It is the perfect side dish to the flank steak recipe in the previous post.  My recommendation is to grill the corn separately and toss into the mix after you’ve cooked the beans and tomatoes together.  It keeps the corn crispy. INGREDIENTS:…