Lately, I seem to be on a side dish binge. Salads, vegetables, and sauces are rolling out of my kitchen like lottery tickets on the Turnpike. And they've all been winners! Bursting with flavors you wouldn't expect, but the taste you demand, these recipes will bring satisfaction and conversation to EVERY table.
First, an easy, garlic-free Chimichurri Sauce (You don't always need garlic. And my husband must be part Vampire, because he and garlic are NOT friends.) Just a few pulses with your food processor and you have an amazing topping for any meat that is part of your late-fall grilling sessions. Top steak, chicken or seafood.
It doesn't have to be Thanksgiving to enjoy this beautiful side dish you see below...You'll run straight for the dinner table with my Tipsy Yam Casserole topped with Candied Ham. Quick, colorful and so, so good!
Need a good salad to take to parties that will turn heads and cause a fork-wielding battle for the last bite? Then start the boiling water now for my Mini Pepper and Ham Macaroni Salad with Creamy Lemon Oregano Dressing. Cold and crunchy, and packed with freshness, you'll steal the stage in every bite.
The women cooks I grew up with were terrible at being gracious about their amazing cooking. Why, upon hearing a compliment about the meal, they would always say, "Oh, my! No. I forgot to add the eggs until the last minute, so it's not as good as it could be!" It was a contest to see who could deflect kinds words with more gusto. I don't have that problem because my philosophy is if YOU don't like how you cook, or even to eat what you cook, ya need to get out of the kitchen and pass the spatula to someone who will stand up and say, "Yeah. I'm pretty proud of how this came out!"
And proud I was. My Cold Bean and Pear Salad with a Cranberry Mango Habanero Vinaigrette is one of the best salads I've every made. Seriously gorgeous, easy, and bridges the gaps between side and salad so you're always bringing the best thing to the table. Which is what show-stopping is all about! YUM!!!
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Meet the Cook...
My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style centers around a love for combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.