Polenta: Why I Love It and a Quick & Cheesy Polenta Recipe


Polenta is a delicious, easy-to-prepare corn dish, similar to grits. I love it for its quick prep time and creamy goodness. Try this quick and cheesy polenta recipe for a great dinner. I first heard about polenta in the 90s when I worked at a fancy-schmancy restaurant in Santa Barbara. There they served it sliced […]

Creamy Mushroom Pilaf

Creamy Mushroom Rice Pilaf

This Creamy Mushroom Pilaf is a quick and easy side dish to serve with your favorite meats and vegetable main dishes. It will put all those boxed mixes to shame. This post includes some affiliate links. When you buy something through those links, your purchase helps support this site. Thanks for your support! Rice is one […]

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

It’s so easy to cook spaghetti squash, you’ll wonder why you don’t do it more often. Spaghetti squash is a great, low-carb alternative to pasta or polenta.

Antipasto Pasta Salad

Antipasta Pasta Salad

Blend all your favorite antipasto flavors into a convenient pasta salad. This recipe blends spicy salami, tangy parmesan, hearty garbanzo beans, and the crunch of fresh vegetables.

Classic Potato Salad

Classic Potato Salad Recipe featured

Want to make the perfect potato salad? This recipe is simple and quick and you can doctor it up however you like.

Baked Rice with Lemon and Thyme

Baked Rice with Lemon and Thyme

If you’re already heating the oven, slide in a pan of this easy baked rice for a great side dish. It’s practically hands-free and produces perfect rice.


Escalivada in pan trim

Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean with this easy Escalivada, chock full of eggplant, zucchini, onion, tomato, and peppers, drizzled with olive oil.

Sautéed Mushrooms

Sauteed Mushrooms with Herbes de Provence

Sautéed Mushrooms are an inexpensive way to add flavor, fiber, and texture to a meal.

Rebel with a Cause Smashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes and Pork

Smashed Potatoes can make a great meal. Prepare these simple, non-fussy potatoes to go with your favorite gravy and roast meats. Mashed potatoes are one of the best parts of a meal. Honestly, I could just eat mashed potatoes and gravy. And maybe some veg on the side. In fact, I do, quite often. Potatoes and […]

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Side Dishes | Good Cheap Eats

Thanksgiving will be here soon! Get thinking about your menu with some of these delicious side dish recipes. Thanksgiving is our family’s favorite holiday. Oh sure, we like Christmas and Easter. But the food on Thanksgiving rocks it, you know? And really? It’s the side dishes for me. That’s what makes Thanksgiving. I’d rather eat […]