Fried Zucchini with Homemade Ranch Dressing

I’ve got several zucchini plants in the garden this year. I’m a glutton for punishment! I’ve been really good about checking on the zucchini every morning and evening–they grow that fast sometimes!  And still one escaped me: how did I not see this? The smaller ones I enjoy sliced and grilled with other vegetables or […]

Buttermilk Onion Rings

The June/July 2011 Every Day with Rachael Ray (2-year affiliate link) caught my eye because of the burger on the cover. I actually followed the whole recipe (maybe a first!), right down to these onion rings. The idea of adding chives to onions sounded good and I have a ton of chives in the garden […]

Dill Dip

This is an old family favorite for parties. The half-mayonnaise and half-sour cream combination makes a nice balance between sweet and tangy. I use the same ratio when I make potato salad, in fact. It’s pretty much the only thing I use this Beau Monde seasoning for but it’s worth keeping it around just to […]

Sweet and Sour Little Onions

Every Thanksgiving my mother makes creamed onions, which are delicious and a wonderful treat. But heavy.  I saw this recipe for sweet and sour onions in Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy (affiliate link) and thought they might be a healthier alternative. I made them last night and let me just say they are […]

Caramelized Nuts for Salads

Perk up your green salads with these caramelized nuts. I’ve made these with walnuts and pecans, depending on what I have opened. Last night it was walnuts. This recipe is from The Food Nanny, a great book with good recipes and good menu ideas, essentially assigning a category to each day of the week with […]