Family Favorite Side Dish: Sweet Potato Fries


My kids love sweet potatoes and they are always a home-run side dish to serve at my house. One of our favorite burger restaurants in Birmingham, Baja Burger, makes great sweet potato fries. I replicated the recipe making them thicker but also lower in fat (and no fried okra, unfortunately). Try this recipe as it’s so simple and a true family favorite.

Healthy Thanksgiving or Christmas Side Dish: Marinated Broccoli and Cauliflower

Yesterday I was a presenter in Wetumpka, Alabama at “Gathering at the River”, a Cookbook Fair and Tasting. This was a fundraiser for Trinity Episcopal Church. I had a great time and met some fabulous, sweet people who loved my book, recipes and Ingredients, Inc. t-shirts. We talked a lot about Thanksgiving, and a few asked me for some low-fat, healthy Thanksgiving and Christmas side dish ideas. This recipe for Marinated Broccoli and Cauliflower is a great one and is so easy to prepare. Thanks to everyone who attended! Hope you like this recipe.

Summer Side Dish: Grilled Beer-Basil Corn


Grilling corn is so easy, and it’s so versatile to prepare. I was out at the farmer’s market this weekend and thought I would try my hand at a simple ingredient combination to flavor the corn: using light beer and basil. It came out great! Feel free to add sea salt, pepper or your favorite herbs. It’s wonderful this time of year.

Perfect Thanksgiving Side Dish-Simple Roasted Asparagus


Whether I am having Thanksgiving dinner or just a weeknight meal, I like to prepare asparagus by simply roasting it in the oven. It comes out crisp-tender, and the flavors intensify perfectly. Be sure to cover the baking pan with aluminum foil, spray it with cooking spray and cleanup just got to be even easier. If you don’t like pine nuts or have guests who are allergic to nuts, just substitute almonds or pecans or eliminate them from the recipe. To me less is more with asparagus, but feel free to top this recipe with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice or even crumbled feta or goat cheese. 


Simple Roasted Asparagus with Pine Nuts

Asparagus is full of vitamins such as Folic Acid, Vitamin C and Potassium, so enjoy.

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Yield: 8 to 10 servings


3  pounds  fresh asparagus

1  tablespoon  olive oil

2  garlic cloves, minced

1/2  teaspoon kosher  salt

1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper

1/2  cup  pine nuts, toasted


1. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus; place asparagus on a lightly greased baking sheet. Drizzle evenly with olive oil; sprinkle evenly with garlic, salt, and pepper.

1. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or to desired degree of tenderness, tossing gently half-way through cooking time. Transfer asparagus to a serving dish; sprinkle with pine nuts.