Roasted Butternut Squash Medley

Roasted Butternut Squash Medley

One of the most flavorful, delicious ways to prepare butternut squash!  Roasted with apples, bacon, pecans and shallots, this savory and slightly sweet side-dish is easy enough for a weeknight meal, and fancy enough to accompany your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner! Have you had butternut squash recently?  As soon as fall rolls around, this delicious and flavorful squash begins to appear in the grocery stores and farmers markets.  It is a fantastic golden vegetable that pairs perfectly with beef, pork and poultry, but especially turkey!  That's right - when roasted with a few other sweet and savory ingredients, this butternut squash becomes an amazing side dish that will be a showstopper on your holiday table. Butternut squash is naturally sweet, and when roasted becomes Continue Reading...

Sweet and Savory Apple Recipes Perfect for Fall

Sweet and Savory Apple Recipes Perfect for Fall

Have you gone Apple Picking yet this season?  Do you have a bounty of apples just waiting for you to turn them into something delicious? We've got 25 delicious fall apple recipes perfect for celebrating National Apple Month this October! I've teamed up with my fellow food bloggers to bring you some seriously amazing apple recipes that are perfect for just about anything that you're craving.  From sweet and decadent to savory and delicious, these apple recipes are some of the best you'll find on the internet.  I've also compiled all of my own apple recipes at the end of this post to give you even more apple inspiration!  How 'bout them apples?!   Whole Grain Apple Crumble from Whole Food | Real Families This individual serving Whole Grain Apple Crumble is always a Continue Reading...

Parmesan Ranch Steak Fries

Parmesan Ranch Steak Fries

These crispy, oven-baked fries will be a new favorite potato recipe with everyone in your family!  Russet potato wedges are coated in Parmesan cheese, ranch seasoning, and a bit of parsley, they come together in moments, and bake to perfection!  Fantastic with anything from sloppy joes to steak and everything in between! Would you consider you and your family to be meat and potato eaters?  Do you love a good steak with a baked potato, and drool at the idea of a juicy burger with a big side of fries?  My family and I are definitely these people!  We love grilling, slow cooking, braising and roasting pretty much any type of meat, and with that always comes a great side - specifically a really good (and easy!) potato recipe. Throwing together some crisp, delicious potato wedges (we Continue Reading...

Creamy Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cherries

Creamy Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cherries

This fantastic Broccoli Salad is a fantastic side dish, loaded with amazing flavor and crunch!  Fresh cherries, apples, celery, red onion, and sunflower seeds, along with the broccoli and a simple creamy dressing make this a great summer salad that can be enjoyed any time of year! With the summer cookout season in full swing, we seem to always have ample amounts of stuff on the grill.  Burgers, chicken, hot dogs, brats, just to name a few - but side dishes sometime seem to be rather sparse.  I've been craving a crunchy, fresh salad loaded with flavor and deliciousness, which is how this amazing Creamy Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cherries came to be. Similar to the traditional broccoli salad, this version has a few differences that set it apart, and take that old salad from Continue Reading...

Cherry Jello Pretzel Salad

Cherry Jello Pretzel Salad

Amazing as a salad or dessert, this incredible Cherry Jello Pretzel Salad is the ultimate side dish for any cookout, potluck or backyard barbecue!  Made with a salty-sweet pretzel crust, a delicious cream cheese filling, and topped with fresh cherries in jello, this salad is a must for any summer get-together.  Even better than the strawberry version! If you love salty-sweet foods, then you're definitely in for a treat with this amazing side dish!  Many call it a salad, as it is made with jell-o, but it is certainly sweet enough to be considered a dessert.  The strawberry version of this side is fantastic, but if you love fresh cherries, then THIS version is definitely for you! This fantastic summer side dish starts with a pretzel crust that is out-of-this-world!  It's as Continue Reading...

Creamy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Creamy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Creamy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad - An amazing Pasta Salad Recipe The perfect pasta salad recipe for any potluck, cookout, picnic or back yard BBQ!  This amazing side dish is loaded with bacon, tomatoes, crisp green leaf lettuce, and topped with a fantastic creamy ranch dressing.  Make extra - this disappears FAST!! Does your summer consist of getting together with neighbors, family and friends for cookouts, barbecues, and potlucks?  Much like many of you, our neighbors have become our second family.  We love getting together all through the spring and summer months for fun potluck dinners, where everyone brings a dish or two to share.  We always end up with lots of fantastic food, and this pasta salad recipe is the perfect side dish that everyone loves! Loaded with tender, Continue Reading...

Italian Tortellini Salad

Italian Tortellini Salad

Italian Tortellini Salad - the Ultimate Pasta Salad Recipe The perfect pasta salad or side dish for any pot-luck, picnic, cookout or backyard barbecue!  This delicious tortellini salad is loaded with all of your Italian favorites, like salami, tomatoes, olives, banana peppers, red onion, and topped with Italian dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese! Growing up in the mid-west, pot luck dinners were always a community-wide event!  Every home cook brought their best dishes, including salads, fried chicken, sandwiches and decadent desserts to share with everyone!  The food was ALWAYS fabulous, and typically enough to feel the crowd twice over.  People NEVER brought store-bought food to a pot luck - that was a big no-no!  The two unwritten rules of pot luck dining were always 1) bring Continue Reading...