Category Archives: Side Dishes

Hot or Cold Barley Summer Salad

I’m gonna be honest. I’m not really sure what this recipe is. I mean, other than fresh and delicious.

Hot or Cold Barley Salad

Is it a cold salad? Is it a warm side dish?

Hm. It could be either, I guess. You decide! Like one of those Choose Your Own Adventure books. Continue reading Hot or Cold Barley Summer Salad

The Easter Duck and PURPLE Carrots

For Easter dinner I made this ridiculously delicious duck breast recipe from Food52. This from a girl who has never made any form of duck. Ever.

Maple Orange Glazed duck

Pretty fancy looking, right? Are you drooling? I kind of am just looking at these pictures all over again. Even though this meal was just for hubby and I, it was still a bit of a nail biter. Thank goodness it ended up being way easier than I expected. I was definitely skeptical. Continue reading The Easter Duck and PURPLE Carrots

Moroccan Spiced Couscous with Roasted Vegetables {and my fave spring seasonal}

Goodbye winter. Goodbye cold, grey sadness, welcome Aprihop. Aka SPRING. Dogfish Head nails this delicious spring seasonal every year. Mmmm Aprihop. My absolute favorite springtime beer. AND it pairs crazy well with the couscous I’m about to tell you about. As you might have guessed, Aprihop has apricots, and lots of hop action: It is both continuously hopped as its brewed, then dry hopped as it ferments. It’s like a Magic Hat #9 mixed with a delicious, fruit forward, but very hoppy IPA. (You might not know that Magic Hat #9 has apricot extract in it, but then again you probably do, ’cause you’re awesome like that). Aprihop is available March-May, so go out and find some!

Dogfish Head Aprihop

On to the couscous. Continue reading Moroccan Spiced Couscous with Roasted Vegetables {and my fave spring seasonal}

Traditional Indian Coconut Rice with Chicken Curry: Part I

As I was thinking about what to make for dinner this week (and what to drink with it), I realized I needed some inspiration. I pulled out my recipe binder and started flipping through. Hidden far in the back was a hand written recipe for coconut rice in a handwriting I didn’t recognize at first.

Continue reading Traditional Indian Coconut Rice with Chicken Curry: Part I