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Sides and Salads

This section is designed to bring you quick, easy and flavorful recipes that will compliment any main dish that you desire to cook.

Autumn Squash Recipes star
Cooked and mashed, pureed in soups, or stuffed and baked, butternut squash and acorn squash add warm, rich color and flavor to autumn meals.

Broccoli, Cauliflower , & Brussels Sprouts star
Hereīs buying, storage and cooking tips plus recipes for three of the most popular vegetables in the cabbage family - Broccoli, Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts.

Buying and Storing Specialty Melons star
These once "exotic" melons are now widely available in supermarkets, depending on their peak season

Buying and Storing Tropical Fruit star
Tropical fruit is a delicious part of summertime eating.

Buying, Storing & Preparing Berries star
Hereīs Blueberry, Raspberry, Blackberry and Strawberry buying and storage tips + recipes.

Cherry Recipes star
February is National Cherry Month. The pretty red color makes cherries a perfect fruit for Valentineīs Day recipes and Presidentīs Day recipes.

Fall is For Apples star
Fall is the season for fresh apples. Hereīs information and recipes for Americaīs favorite fruit - Updated with new recipes for 2007.

Fall is For Pumpkins star
Itīs autumn and pumpkins can be found everywhere! Most will become Jack Oī Lanterns, but pumpkins are not just for carving. They īre a very edible winter squash.

Freezing Green Beans star
Freezing is the easiest way to preserve fresh summer green beans to enjoy all year long. For the highest quality and nutrition, they should be frozen at the peak of freshness.... as soon after harvesting as possible.

Freezing Vegetables star
Freezing is an excellent way to store and preserve home-grown vegetables or farm-fresh vegetables bought at low late summer prices.

Fresh Sweet Corn star
Fresh corn season is here. Corn brightens a meal. Itīs one of the most loved of all vegetables. Hereīs a few corn facts, buying, storing, and cooking information plus recipes.

Got Zucchini? star
Finding good, new zucchini recipes seems to be an annual challenge for some people who grow the summer squash in their backyard garden.

Homemade Applesauce star
Applesauce can be made in large quantities and canned using the boiling water bath canning method

HomeMade Sauerkraut star
Late season cabbage makes better sauerkraut. For the cabbage to ferment properly, always measure accurately & follow the directions closely.

Itīs Fresh Strawberry Season! star
Strawberries can be found in supermarkets almost any time of year, but fresh locally grown berries are ripe and ready to enjoy in many areas this time of year.

Roasted Beets & Greens Salad Recipe star
Beautiful beets are seasonally available from summer through the winter. Making my Roasted Beets Green Salad recipe on a bed of arugula is a sweet and tasty way to encourage the beet haters. They are amazingly tender and packed with nutrition...and utilizing the greens adds more punch!

Salad Recipe Index star
Recipes for salads from the Home Cooking recipe archives

Side Dish Recipe Index star
Recipes for vegetable & fruit side dishes - from the Home Cooking Recipe Archives.

Simply Sweet Potatoes star
Some sweet potato facts plus recipes for Baked Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Fries, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole, Baked Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes and more.

Summer Melons star
Summer melons are some of natures sweetest treats. Fresh, sun ripened melons capture the taste the summer. A slice of ice cold watermelon, half a cantaloupe or a piece of honeydew...lightly chilled, ready to scoop and enjoy are part of the fun of summer

The Cabbage Family - Cabbage Facts & Recipes star
Cabbage is very versatile. It can be shredded and eaten raw in a salad such as coleslaw or cooked for a simple but tasty side dish.

Vegetable Freezing Chart star
Most fresh vegetables must be "blanched" before they are frozen. Blanching is a two-step process... Step one is immersing the vegetables in boiling water. In step two, the boiled vegetables are quickly cooled in cold water. This chart list blanching times.

Watermelon Centerpieces star
A hollow carved watermelon is a perfect centerpiece and serving bowl for a fresh melon salad or fruit punch.

Apple Varieties & Uses star[offsite link]
Click on the name of an apple variety, to see a picture of that kind of apple, a description(tart, sweet, juicy?), itīs best uses(eating, baking, sauces, salads?), itīs prime availability, plus special hints.

Choosing Fruit That’s Truly Ripe star[offsite link]
Understand the ripening process and learn some tricks for telling which fruit is ripe now and which will get ripe once you take it home from the market.

Citrus Handling & Preparation Techniques star[offsite link]
Basic techniques to use when preparing citrus fruit for serving or cooking + how to make attractive citrus garnishes.

Cool Cucumber Facts and Recipe Ideas star
If you love the cool, crispy crunch of cucumbers you will be consuming many more after reading my Cool Cucumber Facts and Recipe ideas article. Being one of the world's four most cultivated foods, they are actually considered a "Superfood" - with nutritional and preventative health benefits.

Easy Spring/Summer Pasta Salad Recipe star
When the weather starts warming up it's great to have a recipe on hand that takes up little cooking. My Easy Spring/Summer Pasta Salad recipe is just that and can be adapted to your own liking. This is an easy recipe and tastes deliciously light and fresh! Try this or your own variation today.

Florida Tropical Fruits star[offsite link]
Click on the name of a tropical fruit for information and a picture.

Fresh and Easy Summer Caprese Salad Recipe star
When it's hot and muggy in the summer and you don't want to mess with the stove too much - make a Fresh & Easy Summer Caprese Salad that requires no cooking at all! Packed with nutrition and drizzled with a light white balsamic salad dressing - your taste buds will sing 'healthy'!

Fresh Asparagus star
Lightly steamed or boiled, fresh asparagus is a tasty, nutritious side dish. Youīll find a good supply of fresh "home-grown" asparagus at reasonable prices in supermarkets this time of year.

Fruit & Diabetes star[offsite link]
This Diabetes information center page has an exchange list for canned, and dried fruits and fruit juices.

Garlicky Eggplant Recipe star
Do you love eggplant? Try this garlicky recipe for a nice side dish. If you've never eaten eggplant, this is a good introduction to the fruit.

German-style Summer Potato Salad Recipe star
Do you enjoy a really great potato salad? Well, here it is - my German-style Summer Potato Salad recipe. Packed with flavor, texture and lighter than traditional potato salads which contain mayo. It's a great side dish for pot lucks, picnics and cook outs. A double batch may be necessary here!

Grilled Baby Bok Choy and Green Onions Recipe star
I love using fresh veggies only because they taste so darn good! My recipe for Grilled Baby Bok Choy and Green Onions, will be a great addition to practically anything you want to add to a recipe. Whether it be a soup, stew or a salad...just by adding a little quick char on the grill. Fab!

Grilled Squash and Asparagus with Zaatar Recipe star
Give seasonal grilled asparagus and squash a Mediterranean flair with a blend of dried herbs called Zaatar, which is widely used in Middle Eastern cooking. Grilled asparagus and squash with Zaatar served with grilled balsamic chicken makes a great low fat, low carb dinner option. You'll love it!

How to Buy Fresh Fruits star[offsite link]
Wholesomeness, quality, nutritive value, convenience, methods of use, labeling and grade designations, freshness, and ripeness are important points to consider. This printable brochure from the USDA will help you be an educated shopper.

How to Buy Fresh Vegetables star[offsite link]
There are no set rules for buying fresh vegetables because they all have individual characteristics and values. This printable brochure from the USDA is a handy reference to help you make your selections.

How To Chop An Onion In Four Easy Steps star[offsite link]
Learn how with illustrated instructions from "The Old Farmerīs Almanac".

How to Cook Perfect Pasta Recipe star
I used to think that cooking pasta was an art - I was wrong! All I had to do was pay a little attention to what I was doing. Cooking perfect pasta is easy and if you follow some simple guidelines, you can be a champ with your spaghetti pot! This article is full of tips for pasta lovers.

How To Cut A Pineapple star[offsite link]
Learn how to cut a pineapple... step by step... with pictures.

Leftover Egg Fried Rice Recipe star
Do you make too much rice for dinner like me? If so, then use this recipe to make a delicious Leftover Egg Fried Rice re. This Thai-style side dish is so easy, tasty and quick to make - a great side for a Chinese Stir Fry.

Mashed Potato Salad with Bacon & Chives Recipe star
Are you a mashed potato lover? If so, you are going to love my homemade Mashed Potato Salad recipe with Bacon and Chives recipe. It is totally yummy and a fantastic side dish with burgers and hot dogs. So break out the grill and make plenty of this recipe, you are going to need it!

Orange Varieties star[offsite link]
Information from Sunkist oranges about sizing, nutrition, buying, handling & storage of fresh oranges.

Quick Malt Balsamic Pickled Onion Recipe star
I don't know about you, but I eat onions in some form every day. If you love the pickled variety, then my quick (24 hour) Malt and Balsamic Pickled Onion Recipe is what you're craving. Considering this is the easy way to pickle, you will be a canning magician in no time. I am!

Red Potato Salad with Herbs & Bacon Recipe star
Potato salad is always a great side dish to take to pot lucks, picnics and serve alongside those juicy burgers and hot dogs when you finally open up the outdoor grill after the winter. My Herbed Red Potato Salad with Bacon recipe has lots of texture and flavor and will be a big hit. Enjoy!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/Bacon & Leeks Recipe star
Are you in the Brussels sprouts haters club? My Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/Bacon & Leeks recipe will convert you into being a sprout lover. It's packed with nutrition and has an addicting flavor that will make you a believer! You can easily convert this into a vegan or vegetarian side dish.

Roots and Fruits Recipes star
Winter (hard) squashes, root vegetables, dried fruits, and apples feature in these three recipes. Root vegetables are very grounding, as well as being full of vitamins and nutrients. You will find these recipes irresistible!

Sauteed Broccoli Rabe/Rapini Recipe star
You know you have to eat your greens, right? When you start cooking my Sauteed Broccoli Rabe, the aroma from your kitchen alone will entice you to eat this! This leafy veggie is easy and quick to make and packed with nutrition. It's also vegan and vegetarian-friendly!

Sauteed Radish with Green Tops and Spinach Recipe star
Crisp, crunchy peppery radishes aren't loved by everyone. However, when you make my Sauteed Radish with Green Tops and Spinach recipe, you will be converted - for sure! The peppery taste diminishes when cooked and the blend of the greens with garlic and onions are a blast. Vegetarian friendly!

Strawberry and Toasted Almonds Salad Recipe star
Summertime brings plump, sweet strawberries to our table and are inexpensive due to bumper crops - take advantage! My Strawberry and Toasted Almond Salad recipe is a great source of vitamins, fiber, protein and antioxidants. This is a wonderful summer salad bursting with flavor and texture.

Stuffed Sweet Peppers & Tomatoes Recipe star
Are you looking for an unusual yet tasty appetizer? Try this recipe; it offers an interesting and unique flavor blend. Your guests will love it!

The Fruit Pages.Com star[offsite link]
Everything you wanted to know about fruit - Descriptions and pictures of every type, nutrition, selection and much more.

Two Apple and Root Recipes star
Apples, yams, and carrots are full of Vitamins A, C, and some B vitamins, as well as Beta Carotene. Cook some of these up for a healthy and delicious meal; even your kids will eat these sweet treats!

Zesty Homemade BBQ Baked Beans Recipe star
Have you ever tried making your own bbq baked beans? They are so easy, inexpensive and require minimal hands-on in the kitchen! They are as comforting as you remember from being a little kid - only better! Zesty Homemade BBQ Baked Beans are a great, nutritious and healthy side dish anytime.

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