• Mexican,  Recipes,  Salads,  Sides

    Black Bean Salad with Avocado and Red Pepper

    One of my favorite salads to make in the summer, serve it along side anything from a hamburger to my Mojo Pork Tenderloin. This salad also makes a great addition to a make-your-own taco bar, which is how we enjoyed it last week. But I think my favorite way to eat this is over scrambled eggs with a dollop of sour cream – breakfast perfection that I enjoy until the leftovers run out!   Love this meal together! http://gatherconnectempower.com/2016/07/mojo-pork-tenderloin/ Black Bean Salad with Avocado and Red Pepper Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 8 The dressing really makes this salad and has the perfect amount of zip to really elevate a simple bean…

  • Recipes,  Sides,  Vegetables

    Broccoli with Lemon-Dijon Sauce

    A new favorite dish, the flavors are just incredible! My kids love broccoli, but only if it’s steamed, sauteed or roasted – definitely no sauce! So, to make this side kid-friendly, reserve some broccoli after the initial sear and either transfer to finish steaming or zap it in the microwave. Your more adventurous eaters and every adult will love this sauce! Broccoli with Lemon-Dijon Sauce Author: Kate Wagner My favorite broccoli recipe – ever! This is the perfect side to a simple main dish, Parmesan Scallops or grilled chicken, the pan sauce is terrific drizzled over everything. Happy cooking! Ingredients 1 lb Broccoli, sliced thinly with a flat side to…

  • Recipes,  Sides,  Vegetables

    Summer Succotash

    Inspired by my favorite vegetable cookbook, Susie Middleton’s Fast, Fresh & Green, I wanted to transform her summer ragout into a quick succotash. Fresh corn, green beans and zucchini…simply sauteed and then tossed together with fresh herbs – absolutely delicious and equally good room temperature, making this a perfect side dish for a barbecue. Summer Succotash Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 8 I made a big batch of this, and it was only for Jeff and I, because I LOVE succotash and wanted to have lots of leftovers. Feel free to halve the recipe, but I promise if you make the full recipe it will get eaten! We had succotash for lunch…

  • Recipes,  Sides,  Starches

    Hasselback Potatoes

    In our house, I have made my roasted potatoes twice a week for years – and I sometimes get a little tired of them. So, when I saw a recipe for Hasselback Potatoes, I was SO excited. The same flavor and texture as my roasted potatoes, but they look fancy? Yes please! These do take a little more work, not the the mindless chopping of roasted potatoes, you do have to pay attention while slicing, but it’s totally worth it. By the way, the kids, all of them, loved these potatoes!!! Hasselback Potatoes Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 6 I cannot say enough about making these for your family, we make…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Recipes,  Sides,  Starches

    Mac n Cheese

    You will never find a lot of recipes with butter on my site, I personally LOVE butter, but most of my cooking leans towards a cleaner and healthier style. That said, I also believe that when you are going to indulge don’t waste fat or calories on anything but the best. This mac n cheese is amazing – enjoy every buttery, cheesy bite! Mac n Cheese Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 10-12 This is a home run side to serve to kids. It is close enough to the yellow box version to feel familiar…no strange or fancy ingredients in this mac n cheese! Try the mac n cheese with my barbecue…

  • Foundation Recipe,  Recipes,  Sides,  Starches

    Springtime Risotto

    Years ago I discovered the most amazing fact – risotto is so much easier to make when you start it on the stovetop and move it to the oven. I first tried the technique in one of my favorite “winter” cookbooks, Martha Stewart’s Favorite Comfort Foods. I loved the results so much, that any time I make risotto, whatever time of year, I always start use the oven technique and then adapt my flavors and ingredients to the season. Springtime Risotto Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 8 This really is a true foundation recipe. Get comfortable with the technique and then make this recipe your own – herb combinations, different vegetables,…

  • Foundation Recipe,  Recipes,  Sides,  Vegetables

    Ridgely’s Brussel Sprouts

    This past Christmas, and for her 7th birthday in January, Ridgely asked for “real” cooking stuff. You can imagine how happy I was! She and I have the best time cooking, she has her own cabinets and loves to be in the kitchen with me! I promised Ridgely that if she started to measure her ingredients, I would post her recipes. She was so excited! We love Brussel sprouts with bacon in our house – it’s one of our favorite winter sides. For spring, Ridgely decided to switch to shallots. Ridgely will tell you that salads and brussel sprouts are her favorite things to make. And as this picture shows,…

  • Recipes,  Sides

    Redskin “Baked” Potatoes

    We love baked potatoes in our house! Who doesn’t? But they’re so big and redskins are my personal favorite anyway. So, I came up with a way to treat redskins as little “baked” potatoes. Another plus is a much better portion size – for adults and children. This side is so easy I’m not going to write it up as a recipe, it’s more of a technique.   Simply select the number of potatoes you want to roast, poke them a few times with a fork and rub them with a little olive oil and Kosher salt. Put them on a foil lined baking sheet and roast in a 400…

  • Grilling,  Recipes,  Sides,  Vegetables

    Grilled Green Beans

    I love the taste of grilled food and I equally love washing as few dishes as possible. I have a grill basket, but I have to clean it and my children seem to always find the char marks and refuse to eat that piece of food. Enter aluminum foil, a great way to grill vegetables and you get to throw it away! Make sure you buy the long foil, short pieces won’t work here. Grilled Green Beans Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 6-8 This recipe makes a lot of green beans! I make extra so we have leftovers for dinner the next night or I put the green beans in a…

  • Foundation Recipe,  Recipes,  Sides,  Starches

    Roasted Potatoes

    How do you make terrific roast potatoes? The secret is in the two different temperatures! This recipe will become a family favorite – they go with everything and kids love them! I am not exaggerating to I say that I make these twice a week – all the kids request them and they work, whatever time of year. In the winter roasted potatoes are my go-to starch with roast chicken, meatloaf, all types of yummy comfort food. In the summer I change it up to burgers, grilled chicken…you name it, roasted potatoes are on the table at my house! Roasted Potatoes Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 6-8 The high temp crisps…