Category Archives: side dish

Green Bean Casserole

My canned-soup-free version of an old 70’s favorite I did not grow up on … except someone used to bring it to holiday family gatherings. I melded a couple of internet recipes into this version this summer because our CSA has been delivering huge bags of green beans weekly. This recipe is delicious even with the big tough ones. –Deb, 2015

2 lb green beans – snap off stems, de-string if needed and snap in half or into thirds or quarters, depending on size
1/2 small can sliced water chestnuts, drained and sliced into matchsticks
1 (6-oz.) can French fried onions, divided
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2 T olive oil
2 T flour
3/4 c milk
3/4 c light cream
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 t salt
freshly ground pepper
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handful of pecans
olive oil for greasing dish

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Blend olive oil and flour in a small saucepan over medium heat until well blended and just beginning to bubble. Stir in salt and pepper, then add milk and cream and whisk together until the mixture begins to thicken. Mix in garlic and Parmesan and remove from heat.

Grease the casserole dish lightly with olive oil, then load it up with the beans, water chestnuts and half of French fried onions and mix together a bit. Stir in the white sauce and bake for 30 minutes at 350º

Remove from oven and top with the remaining onions, dot with pecans and return to oven for 5-10 minutes, until just toasted. Serve hot.

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Janet’s Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup

A Chemo Crew recipe, 2014 

1/2 lbs sweet potatoes (about 3 large), washed
1 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 2″ piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1 T red curry paste
1 15 oz can unsweetened coconut milk
3 c vegetable broth
3 T lemon juice
1 t salt
1 T sesame oil
1/2 fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 400°.  Bake the sweet potatoes on an oven rack for 50 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven to cool.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute the onion and ginger until onion softens, about 5 minutes. Stir in the curry paste and cook one minute more. Add the coconut milk and broth and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered for about 5 minutes.

Skin the potatoes and cut into 1″ chunks. Add to soup and simmer 5 minutes more. – don’t let it boil! Stir in the lemon juice and salt.

Ladle soup into 4 soup bowls and drizzle the sesame oil evenly over each. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

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Balsamic Glazed Baby Beets

  • 1-2 dozen baby (1/2 to 2 inch) beets
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Pinch salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (if you are going to bake your beets).

Trim the greens off the top of each beet, leaving about 2 inches of stalk; save the greens for another use or discard.

Rinse the beets and use heavy-duty aluminum foil to form a packet around them, placing the rosemary in the packet before sealing. Place the packet on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 30 to 45 minutes or until the beets can be easily pierced with a knife. Transfer the packet to a work surface; open it and let the beets cool until they can be handled. Discard the rosemary.

ALTERNATIVELY you can simply boil the beets until tender, 15-30 minutes.

If your beets are larger with tough skin, rub or peel off the skin when the beets have cooled a little, trimming off the root and stem ends. Set the beets aside.

In a large, shallow saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, butter and salt over medium-high heat. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has reduced by about half. (It should have a syrupy, glaze-like consistency.) Reduce the heat to low, add the beets, and stir to coat and warm them through, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Pam’s Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

An essential part of Thanksgiving.

3 lb sweet potatoes – bake until soft at 350º  for about anhour

Then mash together with the following and spread in a baking dish.

3/4 c orange juice
2 eggs
2 T butter, melted
2 T sugar
1½ t ground cinnamon
½ t nutmeg

Topping: combine all ingredients except nuts and mix until mixture resembles course crumbs. Stir in pecans and spread on top of potato mixture in baking dish.

½ c flour
¼ c brown sugar
½ t cinnamon
¼ c butter, softened
½ c chopped pecans

Bake until browned and heated through at 350º for about half an hour.

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Fresh Spinach Custard

Made this with the 4th big bag of spring spinach from our CSA farm this year. Great for a side dish or brunch dish, even main dish.

2 lbs fresh spinach, washed, with tough stems removed
1 T olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 eggs
1 ½ c milk
1 c grated Gruyère or cheddar
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
½ c Parmesan
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Preheat oven to 350°.  Lightly butter a 9″ square baking dish and set aside.

Prepare spinach and then cook until wilted in a large pot of boiling salted water (takes between 30 seconds and 1 minute). Drain well, press out excess water and chop fine on a cutting board. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add onions and saute for 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs and milk together with wisk until smooth, add the spinach, onions and Gruyère or cheddar and mix well.  Season with salt and pepper and pour into baking dish.  Top with Parmesan.

Bake until custard is set and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean – about 30 minutes. Let sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Adapted from The Garden-Fresh Vegetable Cookbook by Andrea Chesman

Greens with Garlic

5 c fresh greens (kale, collard, Swiss chard)
1 T olive oil
1/2 red onion
1/2 a head of garlic, minced
1 t soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste
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Wash greens, roll the leaves and cut into strips.  Cut the onion half into crescents.  Heat oil over medium heat in a wok or large skillet and saute onions until soft.  Add greens and garlic  and a splash of water if greens are not wet.  Cover and steam for 2 or 3 minutes.  Uncover, add soy sauce and seasonings and saute until just cooked through.   Don’t over-cook!

Brussels Sprouts Parmesan

THE best recipe for brussel sprouts.

3 c brussels sprouts
3 T butter
1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 c bread crumbs

Clean and cook brussels sprouts in 1/2 boiling water for 8 minutes.  Drain.

Place in a buttered baking dish top with grated cheese and bread crumbs and toss lightly.  Dot with butter and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.