Kidney Bean Salad

kidney bean salad

  I grew up with this kidney bean salad; it was especially refreshing in the summer, but it works well as a winter salad as well. For this recipe, you’ll need kidney beans, onions, celery,vinegar, sugar, and a mayonnaise-based dressing. Mix it up a few hours or a day before to allow the flavor to seep through the beans. Be sure to drain the kidney beans as the recipe suggests! This recipe can also be … Read more

Balsamic Glazed Carrots

glazed carrots

The Carrots These balsamic glazed carrots will become a regular at my house. I tried them for the first time this past week, and they are a keeper. Let me tell you one thing about the recipe: when it says to simmer until syrupy and then drizzle over the carrots, then serve immediately, that’s what you want to do. The Glaze Don’t let the glaze sit in a kettle all by its lonesome, even if … Read more

Squash Casserole

squash casserole

Squash casserole. That’s what you make when squash season is here! You can add squash to garden salad, serve it raw on a vegetable tray, or saute it with onions or snow peas. Then you can make a squash casserole. What I like about this recipe is that you can do it up to a day ahead and then pop it in the oven. Certainly it can be mixed in the morning and not served … Read more

Jacket Potatoes

jacket potatoes

I remember the day my ninth grade English teacher told us that when company came to their house, her mom served jacket potatoes. Their guests had never heard of jacket potatoes, and thought it must be a gourmet dish.  This potato dish is about as un-gourmet as you can get, but it’s simple, easy, practical, and tasty. I couldn’t imagine not knowing about jacket potatoes. I assume they are given this name because you serve … Read more

(Dutch) Fried Potatoes

dutch fries

There are fried potatoes and home fries, and then there are dutch fried potatoes.  I grew up with the real dutch fried potatoes, but we just called them fried potatoes. I don’t know of any community where these potatoes are made on a regular basis – unless an individual or two took the recipe with them when they moved away from “home” – which is western Maryland/Somerset County, Pennsylvania. If somebody you  know has ancestors … Read more