• Elote
    Side Dish

    Elote (Street Corn) Salad

    This is the last of my California-related food posts for now. Elote is basically a creamy corn salad dish that was all over the place in Sonoma. We had it at least twice and its was great both times. It also turns out that it is super versatile; we had it for breakfast and dinner! You can really make the dish in a few different ways to give it different flavors. The first step is deciding how you want to cook the corn. You can roast it or grill it; if you have access to a grill I would go that way. Grilling gives the great addition of the charred…

  • old bay latke
    Appetizer,  Side Dish

    “Crab Fry” (Old Bay) Latkes

    So this is another Philly inspired dish that we recently tried out. One of my favorite things to get at Phillies games are something called “Crab Fries” from one of the many Chickie’s & Pete’s locations. They are Philly favorite and are basically french fries coated in Old Bay crab seasoning. Nothing complicated but super tasty. Rob and I have been talking about making Latkes for a while, but to be honest it was a bit intimidating and seemed like a decent amount of work. If you aren’t familiar, latkes are basically a fried potato pancake, so whats not to love about that. They are probably best known for being…

  • baked potato wedges
    Side Dish

    Baked Potato Wedges

    A little while back we made a what felt like a burger place classic meal. We did burgers (obviously), but we also wanted a side. Fries were a little obvious, but both Rob and I had another classic favorite growing up: Potato Wedges. To make life a little easier and avoid some headache, we decided to go with a baked approach with olive oil. This has the side benefit of feeling a lot healthier than something like frying. A few tips though that we learned. First, don’t overcrowd your sheet pan. You can cause more of a steaming with this approach which makes the potatoes soft but not crispy. Which…

  • dijon brussels sprouts
    Side Dish

    Dijon Brussels Sprouts

    I am finally back with a real recipe post!!! Its been almost a week now I think, but it was a super busy one. Between visiting family and a lot of work stuff, this week wasn’t really a “let’s try something new” week. I did a lot of recipe revisiting to find some favorites again (plus a little take out). But last night we tried a few new things! Have you ever been out to a restaurant and thought “all the sides sound so good, can I just have them?” Well, thats what we did last night! I started with some Brussels Sprouts inspired by our last trip to NYC…

  • cauliflower gratin
    Side Dish

    Sheet Pan Cauliflower Gratin

    This is such an easy to throw together side dish. I call it a gratin because its topped with cheese but its basically a sheet pan roast with some cheese on top. Roasted cauliflower has become one of my favorite sides because of the simplicity, but also the taste and texture. Cauliflower crisps so nicely when you roast it, giving it a nice slightly crunchy note. It also serves as a really nice flavor canvas since it doesn’t have a strong natural flavor. For this we went pretty basic, I did a simple olive oil and garlic. The cauliflower got the perfect browning and a nice subtle flavor. Topped it…

  • oven roasted potato
    Side Dish

    Oven Roasted Potatoes

    These Oven Roasted Potatoes are a tradition for Rob. They were a big dinner staple growing up and he routinely makes them now for special occasions. The recipe is fairly simple; however, the daunting thing about them is the timing and the fact that they take up the oven. At its core, this recipe is actually probably about as basic as you can get. Chop some potatoes into smallish pieces, coat them in olive oil, toss in some garlic and herbs, and roast. As I mentioned, the hardest aspect is the timing. This recipe can take between 30-50 minutes to complete depending on size, pan, and oven temp which makes…

  • Instant Pot Risotto
    Instant Pot,  Side Dish

    Instant Pot Risotto

    Alright, I have to backtrack on some previous statements about making risotto. It turns out that there is a bit of a “hack” for making it with less effort: the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot has been a pretty awesome purchase for us after only a few uses. It took the entire arm workout aspect out of risotto making and honestly came out really very well. The nice thing with the Instant Pot was being able to do the very simple and quick prep phase and then just letting the machine take care of actually cooking the rice. I was concerned that it would really work out and would be…

  • Sage Pepper Risotto
    Side Dish

    Sage & Black Pepper Risotto

    I absolutely love risotto!  I think I have made it at least 6 different ways over the years.  Risotto is a technique that involves cooking rice in broth until it reaches an amazing creamy consistency through constant stirring.  Its amazing how the rice starch by itself creates this perfectly sticky, gooey mix with almost nothing else!  It is a bit labor intensive (it is half an hour of near constant stirring), but DEFINITELY worth it.  The key to this version is to add a healthy grind of coarsely cracked pepper at each step.  It gives it a good bite that pairs well with the orange and sage. You can cook…