Category Archives for Side dishes

Spring Wheat Berry Salad

About this time last year, I learned how to properly cook quinoa, a revelation that not only gave the ancient grain a permanent spot in my pantry, but also inspired a number of grain salads I made all summer long. … Continue reading

04. April 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: CSA, Easter, Eating Locally, Salads, Side dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian | 27 comments

What To Do with Those Preserved Lemons? Pizza, Orzo

A little over a year ago, I made Kesté’s lemon pizza, whose beguiling combination of smoked mozzarella, sliced lemon and fresh basil defied all conventions and challenged my ideal of pizza. When I first began experimenting with preserved lemons, this … Continue reading

27. February 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Pasta, Pizza, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 35 comments

Alice Waters’ Potato Gratin

My sister, the doctor, lover of pies and Peeps, is hosting Thanksgiving this year. She has it all under control, sleeping arrangements organized, color-coded cooking timeline mapped out, and the menu finalized, promising her 12 guests a turkey, a spanakopita, … Continue reading

20. November 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Holidays, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 23 comments

Ina Garten’s Balsamic Brussels Sprouts // Philadelphia Fish House Punch

I woke up Sunday morning with one mission in mind: buy a punch bowl. We had had friends over on Saturday night, and the Fish House Punch had been a wild success, adored by the men and women alike, the … Continue reading

05. November 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Drinks, Eating Locally, Holidays, Side dishes | 17 comments

Super Easy Summer Squash Gratin

This time of year I suspect few of you are thinking about summer squash. Many of you are more likely celebrating the last prune plums of the season or refusing to eat anything but tomatoes before they disappear for too … Continue reading

17. September 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Bread, Eating Locally, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 15 comments

Cucumber & Green Grape Gazpacho | Quinoa Salad with Mango, Lime & Ginger

I arrived at the Albany airport to find my auntie Marcy waiting at baggage claim ready to snatch Wren from my arms and to feed me, as always, immediately. She led me to her car, and before I could even … Continue reading

18. July 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Lunch, Salads, Side dishes, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian | 22 comments

Tabbouleh

I find myself living in a Potemkin village, my cookbooks — clutter! — hidden away, my stand mixer — clutter! — stashed in the hutch, my pots, pans, utensils, teapot — clutter! — boxed up in the garage. Staged by … Continue reading

26. June 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Salads, Side dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian | 32 comments

Quinoa with Walnuts, Radishes & Spring Onions • How to Cook Quinoa Properly • Fair Trade Quinoa

A few weeks ago I discovered that for all the years I have been cooking quinoa I have been doing it wrong. The quinoa I have made, as a result, while edible and receptive to countless seasonings and additions, has … Continue reading

03. April 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: CSA, Gluten-free, Lunch, Salads, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 44 comments

What to do with those Radishes …

On Wednesday we welcomed spring, the arrival of a new season’s CSA, and the first of many many many many many radishes. Can you sense my enthusiasm? Look, I love radishes — honest, I do — and I don’t want … Continue reading

23. March 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Lunch, Salads, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 21 comments

Green Olive, Walnut & Pomegranate Salad; Thanksgiving Day Recap

Tired of cooking? Me too. But I have one more teensy tiny recipe to share with you before I disappear into I-don’t-feel-like-cooking-anything mode. And it’s a good one. You HAVE to make this. Not immediately, but soon and definitely before … Continue reading

24. November 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Salads, Salsa, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 23 comments

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