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Category: Side Dishes

Chile-Spiked Grilled Corn on the Cob

The aromas coming from the neighbor’s grills are a sure sign that summer is here! Whether heading to a pot luck or a day at the beach, this backyard classic will be a perfect contribution….patio or picnic! It is full of flavor and I love the kick of heat from the chile pequin! The sweetness of summer corn, makes all the difference! Shuck the corn, boil it,grill it and season it. Super easy!  Time to…

Zucchini Pesto Tart

Baked, raw, grilled or sautéed…don’t let anyone tell you that zucchini is only in bread or steamed as a side dish! I’ve got a recipe to add to their list and set them straight, A Zucchini Pesto Tart! I have been itching to get a spiralizer ever since recipes have been popping up all over the internet and front and center in the cookbook section and cooking magazines. This one was one of those gadgets I…

Gr8 Goes Green!

Back in 2010, it was time again for Joel and me to host our 12th Great Eight Dinner. First item on the planning agenda is always to decide on a theme. After eleven years of gatherings, no one had yet featured a “color” as a theme. How easy would that be? Hence, Gr8 Goes Green We couldn’t think of a better color to incorporate in the invitation, on the table, and of course we included green drinks, green appetizers…

Fresh Salsa Fresca!

When seated at your favorite Cantina, aren’t you anxious for that basket of tortilla chips and bowl of salsa? I know I am! And when our girls were little we’d always tell them, “Don’t fill up on the chips and salsa, you’ll spoil your dinner.” Well clearly I need to practice what I preach because every time, I end up having a to-go box with my leftovers! If you…

Slow Cooker Texas BBQ Beans

BBQ beans are a flavorful necessity for any outdoor summer gathering. They are a natural complement to any barbecued meat. Prepared in a slow-cooker, these delicious beans require little effort and yield lots of flavor. Many baked bean recipes require canned pork and beans; however I prefer to use canned pinto and kidney beans. Best of all, not only do these baked beans transport well, but they stay hot in the same pot they were cooked in. Make a…

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