Category Archives: Side Dishes

Smoked Gouda, Cheddar, and Parmesan Mac ‘n’ Cheese

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. I’m reviewing a new cookbook, The Duke’s Mayonnaise Cookbook, and I’m also having a giveaway for two copies—2 winners will each receive a copy! Continue reading below for details on how to enter the giveaway! 

I am a big fan of Mac ‘n’ Cheese, but this is the first time I’ve made it myself—there really is nothing like homemade, especially if you make this recipe! The Smoked Gouda, Cheddar, and Parmesan Mac ‘n’ Cheese is from the new Duke’s Mayonnaise Cookbook (hardcover, Grand Central Publishing) by Ashley Strickland Freeman and it is wonderful! It’s creamy, cheesy, and has an amazing buttery breadcrumb topping. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

The Duke’s Mayonnaise Cookbook is a keeper, too! All of the recipes include Southern staple Duke’s Mayonnaise as an ingredient, making the wide variety of dishes taste extra good! There are recipes for Breakfast and Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Sides and Snacks, and Desserts. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find: Breakfast Strata, Bananas Foster Bread, Peaches and Cream Crepes, Buffalo Chicken Sliders, Cottage Pie, Tarragon Crab Cakes, Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes, Sweet Potato au Gratin, Blackberry and Peach Crisp, Key Lime Pound Cakes, Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake…just a few of the many delicious things you’ll be inspired to make!

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Simple Veggie Pasta Salad

Salads and pasta salads make great hot-weather meals, and I really like this Simple Veggie Pasta Salad because it’s easy to make and the only cooking involved is for the pasta. I also like it because it’s so colorful! The orange bell pepper, shredded carrots, green onions, grape tomatoes, olives, and Cheddar cheese all combine to make this dish a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy! 🙂 The dressing that you toss everything in is simply your favorite Italian salad dressing (I used Olive Garden dressing). How easy is that?

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Veggie Potato Salad

Potato Salad is a favorite summer side dish of mine, and I wanted to try adding veggies to it—it’s always nice when you can work in some extra veggies to your food! I had an old potato salad recipe I had clipped from a magazine that had some veggies in it, so I modified that and added even more veggies to come up with this Veggie Potato Salad. I really like it and it’s filled with so many veggies, you could serve it as a light lunch on a bed of lettuce!

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Broccoli-Cheese Casserole

Sometimes we just need a little comfort food, and comfort food often involves cheese, right? I had been wanting to make a really cheesy, creamy broccoli casserole for some time, and finally had the chance to create one! I love how super-creamy and cheesy it is—and the buttery cracker topping is pretty wonderful too! 🙂

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Zesty Potato Spears

If you’re looking for a new way to fix potatoes, this is a good recipe to try! I found this at MyFoodandFamily.com and happened to have just the right amount of potatoes to make it. These Zesty Potato Spears are made with both white and sweet potatoes, but if you only have white potatoes on hand, you can make it with just those.

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