Not too long ago, I was cooking up an Italian favorite in our house, Chicken Marsala. On the menu with the chicken was the usual side, Italian Roasted Potatoes. Had I served this with a side of Sautéed Summer Squash, it would have been down right predictable. Can’t have that. Not in my kitchen. If the main dish isn’t new, at least one of the sides needs to be different.Continue reading “Seasoned Broccoli Bursting with Color”
Lately I’ve been serving up a lot of Broccoli without all the rich sauces and tons of butter. I really like broccoli kissed with seasonings and a little spark of Red Pepper Flakes. Yeah, it’s really darn good eating! It’s not often that something we enjoy eating is also good for us. I wish say Chocolate Cake for example had the same health benefits as a plate of broccoli.
Those of you who have been around a while might recognize this recipe for Asparagus with Lemon and Olive Oil. It’s a recipe I’ve shared before, as part of last year’s Bistro Style Birthday Menu. Italian foods are my all time favorites, although French foods are a very close second.
Do you adore wonderful, tender, flavorful potatoes? So bright and colorful – the perfect accompaniment to many a main dish. Potatoes are great to bring to a potluck, too. Especially casserole and crock pot potatoes – they travel so easily!
This is one of those dishes that is hard to classify. Is it a warm potato salad? A vegetable side dish? Yes, and yes. All I know for sure is that it’s delicious – anyway you want to serve it. These potatoes with green beans are colorful, easy to make and go great with a variety of Italian dishes when other starchy foods such as pasta are not being served. Awesome with Cuocere Stile Italiano or Italian Lemon Chicken Sauté. Popular at the family table, yet pretty enough for company. And such a snap to make. Once assembled, this dish will even hold well in the oven along side a platter of Savory Sensational Chicken Scaloppine. I could go on and on when it comes to Italian dishes. Hubby loves his Mexican; I adore my Italian and French. As for Kiddo, he’s not picky – he loves it all from Pizza and Burgers to Coq au Vin and everything in between.
In case you haven’t noticed by now, I love Italian foods. We aren’t talking just spaghetti, although I make a mean pot of sassy spaghetti. I love it all – from the Antipasto dishes such as Bruschetta, Crostini or a Antipasto Platter, to all the meats and pasta dishes, the flavorful sides and best of all desserts such as Fresh Fruit with Whipped Cream Zabaglione. All food is good in moderation.
Side dishes are wonderful. In my opinion, side dishes are necessary – otherwise the meal is incomplete and lopsided. Even simple things like deli-sandwiches need a complimentary side such as a big pickle spear or some sort of creamy salad like macaroni or potato. Hot Dog – gotta have beans. Hamburgers scream for French Fries or onion rings. Side dishes are an important part of meal planning.