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Food on Friday ~ Autumn

Autumn carries gold in its breath

Call it Autumn, or call it the Fall, now is the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.  The days are shortening, the wind is a little colder, and the trees are covered in beaten gold, copper, and brown.

Perhaps this is also a time to change our recipes as the fresh, local ingredients drift from summer fruits to the richer fare of Autumn.  This is no longer the time to try and keep that svelte bikini figure, perhaps now we can allow for that extra pound or two that will make our fall wardrobe fit a little better. So, here is a selection of recipes which may tempt you as this season for reflection begins.

First up this week is Tifanny from Creme de la Crumb who offers us something very warming for when the autumn nights draw in; instant pot roast and potatoes.  I really like the instant part.

Instant Pot Roast and Potatoes

From Heather Christo we have this beautiful roasted butternut squash soup, which is vegan, and these days that’s a good thing.  This recipe is also a good thing for those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving.

Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Minimalist Baker has a perfect recipe for the fall; 1 hour fall pot pies.  This is a 10 ingredient dish that we really can make in just an hour,and these are vegan too.

Vegan 1 Hour Fall Pot Pies

We seem to be hitting a vegan / vegetarian theme this week, because Half Baked Harvest’s September 23rd post, (the date of the equinox), was herby buttered mushroom stroganoff.  I’m guessing that it would be pretty easy to turn this 30 minute recipe into a vegan dish.

Herby Buttered Mushroom Stoganoff

Back to our soup menu, (and who doesn’t like a warming soup on a chilly autumn evening), and Claudia Cash at Simply Recipes offers her 11 best soups to make in the Fall.  I am especially intrigued by this recipe for baked potato soup ~ just how fabulous does that sound!  I’m especially glad that bacon features in this dish.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

We have gone really crazy with our final collection for this week, from Country Living magazine; 70 Fall recipes you’ll want to make all season long.  Totally ignoring the shaved Brussels sprouts salad, (yuck), I’ve picked out this easy sheet pan chicken with sweet potatoes apples and Brussels sprouts, from Erin Clarke at Well Plated by Erin.

Sheet Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes Apples and Brussels Sprouts

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

perfect for fall

hot maple apple cider

Food on Friday ~ Healthy Salmon Recipes

if you want something beautiful on the table, pick up some salmon

If you’re trying to eat a very healthy diet, then salmon should be on your shopping list.  This attractive fish has a stack of health benefits, not just that it’s rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, eating salmon is supposed to reduce the risk factors for several nasty diseases.  Salmon is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, and fresh line-caught salmon should be clean ~ not full of all the crap that is in some of the food we eat.

Buying the right piece of salmon is important, starting with the basic rule ~ never buy anything that looks manky.  Anything that says wild is probably better than farmed, and some farmed salmon is better than others.  Usually the rule is the more you pay the better it will be, but not always, but don’t sweat it.  Go to a good grocery store or fishmonger, and you’ll be fine.

First this week we have one of my favourite salmon dishes; Thai salmon in foil,from Chungah at Damn Delicious.  I think cooking in foil is a brilliant technique, and it reduces the amount of washing-up no end.

Thai Salmon in Foil

Another recipe for cooking in foil, and following on from last week’s post which was all about cilantro; from Averie Sunshine’s archive I have chosen this foil pack lime cilantro salmon.   This is so easy to make, and it will be ready to eat in 10 minutes ~ you heard me right, just 10 minutes to produce this wonderful healthy dish.

Foil Pack Lime Cilantro Salmon

Now we have a fabulous 30 minute recipe from Sabrina Modelle; grilled salmon with peach salsa.  This dish has so much going for it; you can cook the salmon on the BBQ, which means you can make the whole recipe in your yard.  Anything with grilled salmon looks really special, so this is something you can serve to guests.  And, best of all, it’s a 30 minute recipe that will make a great lunch, dinner, or something to take to work the following day.  (This recipe was found for us by Elise at Simply Recipes).

Grilled Salmon with Peach Salsa

Until I saw this from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest I had never heard of cooking on a BBQ grill by placing the food on a cedar plank.  But, now I’ve seen this cedar plank salmon with watermelon feta salsa from Teighan this is something I must try the next time I’m somewhere warm and sunny ~ that’s if anyone friend will let me.  I’m an Englishman, and as everyone knows we are terrible at cooking on a BBQ.

Cedar Plank Salmon with watermelon Feta Salsa

This brilliant sweet and smokey cedar planked salmon is from Kate Merker at Country Living magazine.  Apart from soaking the plank for a couple of hours to stop it from catching fire, this is a very easy BBQ recipe!

Sweet and Smokey Cedar Plank Salmon

With healthy eating in mind I so like the look of this dish of braised salmon from Heather Christo; Paleo red curry braised salmon with sweet potatoes Fabulous!.  Paleo is good, I think.  This 45 minute recipe not only uses coconut oil and coconut milk, it also has more than enough garlic.  Nice.

Paleo Red Curry Braised Salmon with Sweet Potatoes

Our collection this week is from Olive Magazine, their 40 best ever easy salmon recipes.  And I’ve chosen to feature the very first recipe from this great collection Thai salmon parcels with jasmine rice.

Thai Salmon Parcels with Jasmine Rice

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

BLT salmon salad with creamy avocado green goddess dressing.

Food on Friday ~ Cilantro

Cilantro ~ the Devil Herb.

In England ‘Cilantro’ is called ‘Coriander’, which is the word Americans use for just the dried seeds of the plant.  Funny, in England we say ‘Coriander Seeds’.  The difference arises because ‘Cilantro’ is a Spanish word, and there a big Hispanic influence in the USA.  Here, just about the only Spanish influences are that we beat the Spanish Armada in May 1588, and some of us go there on vacation.

Coriander is also known as Chinese parsley, and can be used both in salads and as a herb in cooking.

Some really great dishes use this adaptable plant, which goes really well with lime.

First today we have this cilantro lime chicken dish from Chungah at Damn Delicious.  The other fabulous seasonings used in this recipe are brown sugar, oregano, and basil.

Cilantro Lime Chicken

A similar dish from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb.  Except now we have a recipe for one pan creamy cilantro lime chicken and rice.  I really like one pan dishes, but it’s coriander here, not cilantro.  Nice by any name.

One Pan Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken and Rice

Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb has this super recipe for one pan Spanish chicken and rice, a bold and zesty dish you can make in a half-an-hour.  Strangely, Tiffany calls one of her ingredients coriander, which we now know better as cilantro.

One Pan Spanish Chicken and Rice

Also from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb, this is interesting; garlic lime shrimp marinade.  And this is a fast marinade that will be ready for the grill in just 15 minutes.  Lots of cilantro.  Tiffany seems to like Cilantro.

Garlic Lime Shrimp Marinade

From San Diego’s Averie Sunshine archive I have chosen this foil pack lime cilantro salmon.   This is so easy to make, and it will be ready to eat in 10 minutes ~ you heard me right, just 10 minutes to produce this wonderful tasty, and very healthy dish.

Foil Pack Lime Cilantro Salmon

Heather Christo has a different kind of cilantro recipe for a warm summer afternoon, this tomato peach and avocado salad with cilantro vinaigrette.  Heather says that this is a beautifully simple 30 minute salad that will totally blow your socks off.  I tend to agree. Nice to take to work for lunch too.

Tomato Peach and Avocado Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

cilantro lime rice

Food on Friday ~ Desserts

There’s mo metaphysics on Earth like a chocolate dessert. ~ Pessoa

Now that summer is here, and some of us may be thinking of entertaining and garden parties, it might also be the right time to think of indulgent desserts.  After all, one may have the greatest grill in the district, but that means little if you can’t follow up the steak, oysters, and king crab with a really great dessert.

Some of you may also have some annual holiday celebrations coming up, I know my cousins across the pond celebrate their independence soon…..  And talking of dessert in the USA, pie and cheesecake isn’t what a great summer desert is all about.

So, first up this week, from Heather Christo, we have this vegan triple coconut sorbet.  I love sorbet, so light and refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.  This sorbet is dairy-free, nut-free, and free from soy products.

Vegan Triple Coconut Sorbet

Now, from Chungah at Damn Delicious, I offer you this substantial slow cooker apple pear crisp.  Apples and pears are such a fabulous combination ~ I used to know a great London pub called The Apples and Pears.  (In Cockney rhyming slang that doesn’t mean what you think.)

Slow Cooker Apple Pear Crisp

Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats has a very cool  looking dessert which appeals both to the sophisticated English Gentleman and the northern street kid in me; black raspberry lavender cobbler.

Black Raspberry Lavender Cobbler

I suppose I have to include one cheesecake recipe, but to give it an English flavour I offer you this no-bake Eton mess berry cheesecake from Half Baked Harvest.  (Eton is a town near Windsor, where the Queen lives.)

No-bake Eton Mess Berry Cheescake

To bring chocolate to the table, how about a chocolate cake, or 25?  From Olive Magazine we have the best chocolate cake recipes; including this ultimate chocolate fudge cake.

Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Cake

Your collection this week is from Delish Magazine; 79 delish summer desert recipes you’ll be making again and again.  I confess that this collection had me at the best ever rhubarb pie.  Being a proper Northern Englishman I love rhubarb pie ~ serve it with custard or vanilla ice cream.

Best Ever Rhubarb Pie

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

and to drink with your delicious desserts,

how about champagne mojitos?

(or a nice cup of tea)

Food on Friday ~ Healthy Summertime

It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime.

Now that the weather is much better for most of you guys ~ warmer, sunnier, bluer skies ~ it’s perhaps time to think of lighter and healthier summertime dishes, rather than all of those warming soups you were cooking just a few weeks ago.

This week’s dishes all have a seafood angle to them.

First this week we have Chungah at Damn Delicious with these very clean and healthy looking garlic butter shrimp zucchini noodles.  I have to admit that I don’t actually make zucchini noodles, but looking at this recipe I’m beginning to think that I should.

Garlic Butter Shrimp Zucchini Noodles

Now, from Heidi at Foodie Crush we have this very useful post entitled how to make the best grilled salmon.  This isn’t so much a recipe as a method, but I think it’s damn good.

How to Make the Best Grilled Salmon

Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes has a great summertime dish; spicy garlic shrimp with coconut rice.  And, Elise is right, any shrimp dish is best eaten fresh.

Spicy Garlic Shrimp with Coconut Rice

Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats has an absolutely delicious-looking crab avocado salad on buttered garlic toast.  So mouth-watering.  So great to serve with drinks.

Crab Avocado Salad on Buttered Garlic Toast

This is interesting from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb; garlic lime shrimp marinade.  And this is a fast marinade that will be ready for the grill in just 15 minutes.  Lots of cilantro.

Garlic Lime Shrimp Marinade

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

and to drink, not wine

Heather Christo gives us a

vodka fruit punch

 

Food on Friday ~ Asparagus

Asparagus, when picked, should be no thicker than a darning needle.

Back in the day they must have had some pretty fat darning needles.

I don’t know about you guys, but I am always nervous about cooking asparagus.  For a start one is supposed to have a proper asparagus cooker, which I once had but eventually gave to a thrift store.  I could buy a new one, but who in their right mind will pay $300 for a pot they will only use once in a while?  (I kid you not, I looked on Amazon, and the asparagus cooker I liked was $300.)

OK, this has to be my very favourite recipe idea for asparagus, from in Diane’s Kitchen we have bacon wrapped asparagus ~ and need I say more.

This is a very healthy, tasty, and nutritious lunch idea from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower: roasted asparagus mushroom quiche.  This is easy to make and would be perfect for a weeknight dinner as well as something to take to work for lunch~ to be eaten either hot or cold.  You can also freeze a quiche.

Roasted Asparagus Mushroom Quiche

Now, from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats we have asparagus one pot pasta.  Next to sheet pan cooking, I love one pot cooking just the best.  This looks a wonderful recipe.

Asparagus One Pot Pasta

From Chungah at Damn delicious we have sheet pan garlic butter tilapia.  This is a 30 minute recipe, and you can substitute any white fish for the tilapia.  Personally I like deep, cold water fish; cod, haddock, halibut…  and I’d add lots of fresh herbs, like basil and parsley.  But, I love the asparagus and tomatoes, and I really like sheet pan cooking.

Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Tilapia

From Heather Christo, another great recipe, grilled romaine, red onion, avocado and bacon salad.  Remember to make far too much of this dish, so you’ll have enough leftover to take to work for lunch.

GRROA&BS

Grilled Romaine, Rd Onion, Avocado, And Bacon Salad

This is especially for an American Girl I know, who I am certain doesn’t always eat a good breakfast.  Again, from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower we have a perfect summer weekend brunch, roasted garlic asparagus and bacon eggs benedict, with basil avocado cream sauce.  Yeah, the only time my friend will get to eat this is if I make it for her.  (funny thing about asparagus…)

Basil-Avocado-Cream-Sauce-3

Roasted Garlic Asparagus And Bacon Eggs Benedict With Basil And Avocado Cream Sauce

I know how much you like recipe collections, so from Wide Open Eats here are 20 foil packet recipes making dinner a breeze ~ how cool is that?  Anything that makes mid-week dinners easier is a good idea.  Included in this collection is a great recipe for lemon chicken and asparagus from Creme de la Crumb.

Lemon Chicken and Asparagus

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Really?

$300, check it out

 

Food on Friday ~ Vacation Food

A good vacation for me includes sunshine, the sea, and good food.

This scheduled post should appear while I’m on vacation on the Spanish Island of Lanzerote.  Ergo I thought I’d try to feature dishes that I would cook for myself while I’m taking a cool road trip.

Perhaps the secret of vacation food is that it should be pretty easy to make and look really good, as well as being tasty and healthy.  Face it, when you’re in your trailer, camper, holiday cottage, you don’t want to spend ages making bland and colourless food that mostly comes from a can.

First this week, from Heather Christo a dish I would eat every week, and yet reminds me of so very many good times on vacation Chinese 5 spice beef and pepper stir fry.  I love making myself a stir fry, and yet my dishes never look like a work of art in the same way that Heather’s always do.

Chinese 5 Spice Beef and Pepper Stir-Fry

Next, from Teighan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, we have a dish of skillet roasted french onion chicken and potatoes, and you know what?  This looks quintessentially Gallic.  From everything you may hear and read you may think that many Englishmen don’t like the ‘Frogs’, and yet there are many Francophiles here.  I happen to love Normandy, and this dish is exactly the kind of thing I’ve eaten there.

Skillet Roasted French Onion Chicken and Potatoes

Brought to us by Elise Bauer at Simply recipes we have ginger-soy steamed salmon with spicy maple sauce by Nick Evans.  I’m pretty certain that Nick’s English, but if ever a recipe said high-end California to me, then it’s this one.

Ginger-Soy Steamed Salmon with Spicy Maple Sauce

I love Italy and Italian food, and this lasagna Bolognese recipe from Jessica Merchant promises Italian, warming, nutritious, healthy, (fairly healthy), comfort food for those colder December nights.  Those of you who still imbibe, add a glass or two of Chianti and have a great evening.  Keep the leftovers to take to work, lasagna works well in the microwave the following day.

Lasagna Bolognese

When it comes to food from the Orient, I like potstickers.  I like the look of these pork and kimchi potstickers by Chungah at Damn Delicious ~ enough said.

Pork and Kimchi Potstickers

Finally for this week, from an British girl in France, Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français has a cool recipe for coriader and cumin roasted root vegetables.  I think this recipe would make a great accompaniment to any meat or fish you happen to have in the refrigerator.  At this time of year we English love our roasted root vegetables.

Coriander and Cumin Roasted Root Vegetables

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

eggs are an easy vacation breakfast

Food on Friday ~ Pot Luck

You can’t get to work on time, but you’re first in line for a pot luck

Usually I like to have some kind of a theme to the recipes I feature in Food on Friday, but today you’re going to get dishes just because I like the look of them.  I hope that’s OK will all of you.

All of these recipes will be great for your office’s Halloween Pot Luck lunch.

First for this week, from San Diego girl Averie Sunshine we have this quick, easy, and delicious 15-minute spicy korean skillet chicken.  Now, here in my part of England we get hardly any Korean food, but I do so like cooking with a good, heavy skillet.  If you don’t have one, then get one.

15 Minute Spicy Korean Skillet Chicken

I promise you that there’s no overriding theme to this week’s Food on Friday, but our second dish is also Korean based.  From Chungah at Demn Delicious there’s these delicious-looking Korean chicken kabobs.  What a fabulous dish for parties or barbecues.

Korean Chicken Kabobs

Just to prove that I don’t have a Korean theme running this week, from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have this great looking slow cooker herbed chicken and rice pilaf.  This is just the right time of year for us all to pull the slow cooker out of the cupboard.  Fabulous!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Pilaf

Well then, perhaps there’s a chicken theme going this week, because next up, from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats I’m featuring this dish of yogurt and lemon marinated grilled chicken.  Doesn’t it look fabulous?

Yogurt and Lemon Marinated Grilled Chicken

Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes has another great looking dish for warming barbecues or parties on a cold autumn night, these bourbon maple glazed chicken wings.  How classic!

Bourbon Maple Glazed Chicken Wings

Last for this week, and we’re back to an Asian themed dish from Heather Christo; asian chicken zoodle soup.  How pretty!  How healthy! How Delicious!  How quick and easy!  Zoodle?  What a silly name for an ingredient!  I love it!

Asian Chicken Zoodle Soup

It turns out that there was an accidental theme this week ~ great looking recipes for chicken.

There have been previous posts all about poultry, for example Healthy Chicken.

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jack collier

jackcolier7@talktalk.net

 

sauteed chicken with sage butter

 

Food on Friday ~ Apples

There is more to love and desire than just picking apples.

How boring one may think, a whole Food on Friday about apples!  Well, leaving aside that apples are one of the most interesting, nourishing, tasty, and healthy ingredients you could add to a dish ~ an apple is the most mystical and spiritual of fruits.

Myths about the apple being the ultimate symbol of love, sex, and sin go much, much further back than the Bible’s Adam and Eve.  The ancient Minoans had almost the same apple myth, and their civilisation goes back around 9,000 years.  Most appropriately we are now in the star sign of Libra, and if you know your Myths of Libra you will also know that this is the time of Aphrodite, and her fruit is the apple ~ well it would be, wouldn’t it?

So to begin this week, from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower we have apple cinnamon steel cut oatmeal.  Now I’ve never liked oatmeal, mostly because I hate milk.  But, this recipe appeals to me, and it uses almond milk ~ cool.

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

San Diego girl Averie Sunshine has this recipe for caramel apple sheet pan pancakes.  Ready in 10 minutes for breakfast or brunch, or a dessert…..  Oh Wow!  (Perhaps I’d make the pancake mix from scratch.)

Caramel Apple Sheet Pan Pancakes

Some combinations are just meant to be, and this is one of the very best.  From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have apple butter and sage pork chops ~ perfect.

Apple Butter and Sage Pork Chops

Another main course, this time from Heather Christo, pasta with apples, bacon, sage, and chantrelle mushrooms ~ and this recipe is both gluten and dairy free.  Never mind that so much, it both looks and sounds delicious.  Apple and sage go so well together, and there is no truth in the rumour that apple is a female aphrodisiac…..  sage is a different matter all together.

Pasta with Apples, Bacon, Sage, and Chantrelle Mushrooms

Lets move along to dessert, or something for afternoon tea and from Todd and Dianne, the White on Rice Couple there’s this spiced apple coffee cake.  For me, this looks delicious.  It’s a recipe I’d like to try, even though I can’t bake for love nor money…..

Spiced Apple Coffee Cake

And now a drink for those of us ho don’t want to get absolutely hammered on scrumpy, Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats has a cool post entitled; how to make an apple cider shandy.  You know what?  I don’t touch booze anymore , but if I did, I’d make a beeline for this at parties.  Something else, you can cheat on this already alcoholic recipe and come up with something that’s almost as strong as scrumpy.

How To Make An Apple Cider Shandy

Finally for this week we have our recipe collection.  From Country Living Magazine 60+ easy and delicious apple recipes to make this season ~ and amongst this cornucopia there’s this simple and easy garden tuna salad sandwich.  You need not use white hot dog rolls if you want a healthier alternative such as a sprouted grain bread.

Garden Tuna Salad Sandwich

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

I have written a previous blog about apples.….

and one about the medicinal use of rosehips in apple cider vinegar

Food on Friday ~ Vegetables and Salads

Cooking and eating outdoors, in the open air, is far more relaxed and mindful than exactly the same meal prepared and eaten indoors.

It really is high summer, a time for long evenings, barbecues, and alfresco dining.  Chill the wine and the beer, and prepare to be relaxed and happy.  This week we are going to concentrate on salads and vegetables to go along with whatever meat or fish you have on the grill.  Unless you’re vegetarian or vegan, or just like vegetables, in which case a lot of these recipes will make a complete meal for you.

Personally, I just love salads.

From San Diego cook Averie Sunshine we have this dish of grilled vegetables with smoky honey mustard dipping sauce ~ looks fabulous.  Averie says this recipe is easy ~ ready in 5 minutes ~ healthy and there’s zero cleanup. Grilling vegetables is so very good.

Grilled Vegetables with Smoky Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

The Bojon Gourmet has a very elegant looking dish, a summer vegan green goddess salad ~ avocado, crispy lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, seeds and a cashew herb dressing.  I think this salad looks interesting, different, tasty, and refreshing. I also think that most of us could add our own little interesting twist to this recipe.

Summer Vegan Green Goddess Salad

The cool and together Jessica at How Sweet Eats has published a recipe for a 20 minute Thai avocado salad, and you have to admit this looks fantastic, filled with taste and texture.  I guess it’s 20 minutes if you can use a chef’s knife.

20 Minute Thai Avocado Salad

Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes has found for us this dish by Summer Miller; lentil salad with summer vegetables.  This should take you 35 minutes to make, and is a brilliant side dish, or as a light lunch.  Make a lot and take some to work the following day.

Lentil Salad with Summer Vegetables

Heather Christo has a different kind of recipe for a warm summer afternoon, this tomato peach and avocado salad with cilantro vinaigrette.  Heather says that this is a beautifully simple 30 minute salad that will totally blow your socks off.  I tend to agree. Nice to take to work for lunch too.

Tomato Peach and Avocado Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

I very much like the recipes from Cookie + Kate, and this one is no exception.  Anyway, what’s not to like about colourful strawberry arugula salad with balsamic vinaigrette?

Colourful Strawberry Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Lastly for this week, from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have 15 quick and easy vegetable side dishes.  This cool collection includes this 25 minute recipe for baked Parmesan mushrooms ~ I love baked mushrooms.  Actually I often like side dishes and appetisers better than the entrée.

Baked Parmesan Mushrooms

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Marmaduke also likes salads

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