Sides & Sauces

How To Make A Vinaigrette

Vinaigrettes are one of my favorite salad dressings.  I love their tangy flavor, and the number of ingredient combinations they can have, creating dozens of different flavor profiles.

What I also love about vinaigrettes is they are one of the easiest dressings to…

Homemade Enchilada Sauce


Enchiladas are one of my favorite foods.  They are so simple, yet so amazingly delicious.  Enchiladas are like warm, comforting pillows of yummy goodness that I just want to snuggle up with.  I love how versatile they can be; the insides can…

Slow Cooker “Refried” Beans


Using my Crock-Pot is one of my favorite ways to cook.  The “set it and forget it” concept, and the smells emulating from the slow cooker all day, just make for a wonderful and easy way to cook meals.

I came across…

How To's: Homemade Mayo |

Homemade Mayo

It’s easier than you think.

The process of making mayonnaise is a basic emulsification (getting two things to mix that normally don’t), so it is a bit of a delicate process and time consuming; but the end result is so worth it.

What I…

Green Beans in a Light and Creamy, Tomato, Bell Pepper and Basil Flavored Sauce |

Green Beans in Tomato & Sour Cream Sauce

These green beans are truly delectable!  With a mild tomato, sour cream and basil undertone, they are the perfect addition to just about any kind of meat.

3 Cups Fresh Green Beans (stems cut off)
3 Tbsp Salted Butter
1 Cup Onions (diced or thinly sliced)

Supreme Sauce |

Supreme Sauce

Creamy, mushroom-enriched, somewhat buttery and with an essence of chicken flavor, supreme sauce is one of my favorite sauces I have learned how to make thus far in culinary school.  I first made it as a part of my cooking final in…

How To: Grilled Corn |

Grilled Corn

A while back, a friend lent me Bobby Flay’s Grill It! cookbook.  As my favorite way of cooking is grilling, I pretty much read the cookbook cover to cover (I highly recommend checking it out if you love to grill too).  I…

Rice Pilaf ~ Easy to make, and a delicious side to add to any meal! |

Rice Pilaf

A simple, yet tasty, side to add to your family or guests’ dinner plates is rice pilaf.  I learned this recipe in culinary school and I absolutely love it.  It is extremely easy to make and very affordable.

Yields 4 Servings

Preheat your oven…

Smith & Wollensky's Truffled Macaroni & Cheese |

Truffled Mac ‘N Cheese

A Smith & Wollensky Classic.  This mac ‘n cheese will change your life.

A few years back I discovered the steakhouse Smith & Wollensky from the movie The Devil Wears Prada, of all places.  When planning a birthday trip to Las Vegas, I…

The Neely's “Sweet and Spicy Slaw” |

The Neely’s “Sweet and Spicy Slaw”

Alex and I are huge fans of the Neelys. Every episode of theirs on the Food Network was full of Southern family-style recipes, which literally made us drool.  So much so, that we bought their cookbook: Down Home with The…