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Friday, November 10, 2006


From baked macaroni to green bean casserole, sides are where tradition make their home. From the dishes you hate to the dishes you love, what sides do you have to have on the table?

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

1/2 pound elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon powdered mustard
3 cups milk
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 large egg
12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
1 teaspoon salt
Fresh black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente. Drain.

While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, mix all the liquid and spices together. Then fold in cheese until mixture is combined, place in oven, let bake until brown and crispy on top for a half hour or so.


At 12:00 AM, Blogger dave said...

This came from a local grocery store... it turned out pretty good!

Butternut Squash Risotto

2 tbsp. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large shallot, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped butternut squash
3/4 cup arborio or short grain rice
1 (32-oz.) container Chicken Broth, warmed
1/2 cup Chardonnay
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tbsp. chopped fresh sage
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: about 40 minutes

Melt butter in a large skillet. Add garlic and shallot; cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in squash and rice; cook and stir until rice grains are coated with butter. Slowly stir in broth, about 1/2 cup at a time, cooking over low heat and stirring until broth has been absorbed before adding more. When all of broth has been absorbed, stir in wine, cheese and sage; cook for 1 minute more. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Per Serving: 260 calories, 10 g protein, 9 g total fat (4.5 g sat., 0 g trans), 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 20 mg cholesterol, 390 mg sodium, 6 points

At 1:57 AM, Anonymous Chiaroscuro said...

My favorite is corn pudding. It's not gourmet or high-brow, just yummy in all the bad ways of fat, salt, carbs. Here it is:

The Original Corn Pudding Recipe

½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
3 large eggs, beaten ‘til frothy
1 can creamed corn
1 can kernel corn, drained
1 – 8-oz. container sour cream onion dip
pepper to taste
1 – 8-1/2 oz. box corn muffin mix

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Grease 2-1/2 quart casserole or 9x9 baking pan with some of the butter.
Add corns to beaten eggs. Add melted butter, pepper, onion dip. Beat ‘til blended.
Stir in muffin mix. Bake 35-45 minutes or until golden brown and done.

I usually double the recipe and bake it in a large pyrex baking pan. It's closer to a super-moist cornbread than a pudding.

There are so many "must-have" sides in my family that whatever makes it on to the permanent Thanksgiving menu must be very easy and quick and/or able to be done a day or so ahead.

At 8:12 PM, Anonymous erik said...

Winter blend - cauliflower and broccoli, cream of celery coup, lots of cheddar and swiss shredded, butter, mix and bake. It's the hit every thanksgiving. My wife's family keeps inviting me back every year for thsi special of mine.

At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Creamed pearl onions!

Peel & brown them in butter, then just a little bit of flour to make a thin roux before finishing the sauce with heavy cream & sweet vermouth. Season with salt & freshly ground pepper (white pepper for purists).

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Maureen said...

Oh, man, creamed onions--unfortunately not in the cards this year, as one of my aunts is severely allergic to onions and we already have too many other dishes on the table. Although I didn't know about the vermouth before.

At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Rick in LA said...

The mac & cheese looks like a recipe I tried by Alton 'Good Eats' Brown. He also tops it with panko crumbs that have been mixed up with some melted butter. Full recipe is at

It has a custardy texture, not like the oily/sticky consistency you find in some recipes. Must be the egg.

At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Need some help with corn and green bean recipes.

Should I just go with Corn on the Cob?

How about a white sauce recipe for the green beans?


At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, what`s appropiate dinner music? Smooth jazz? X-mas Carols? Thoughts, opinions?

At 1:38 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Why would there be music?

There are three NFL games on

At 8:53 AM, Blogger lauren said...

Don't forget... you need to add a line in the mac and cheese recipe that says to put the macaroni into your cheese etc. mixture... otherwise you have a pot of aldente pasta on the stove and some liquid and cheese in the oven.

At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


For a foolproof white sauce, get a box of Wondra flour (probably on the top shelf above the regular flower) and use their recipe. It never fails.

At 6:13 PM, Anonymous zoe said...

Green Bean Recipes

Green beans - trim ends, rinse
Boil in salted water until just crisp. Douse in cold water. Just when ready to derve, heat olive oil in large skillet - add 3-5 cloves finely choped garlic, handful chopped parsley, stir quickly, add the string beans, salt and pepper, toss until beans are warm.

Yugoslavian grandmother!

Recipe # 2

Trim and rinse green beans. Place in a large skillet with lid. Pour chicken broth in pan, turn up heat and let cook with lid on
In separate skillet, saute mushmooms that have been cleaned and sliced - in butter or olive oil.
When beans done, drain, toss in mushroom, salt and pepper.

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My baked macaroni & cheese is the same except I use a can of Cream of Mushroom soup in place of some of the milk.

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