Side Dishes Archives - Spiced

Rosemary and Garlic Grilled Red Potatoes

These Rosemary and Garlic Grilled Red Potatoes are a year-round favorite side dish!

Perfectly golden and lightly crispy on the outside.  Fully cooked on the inside.  These Rosemary and Garlic Grilled Red Potatoes are a year-round favorite side dish!Perfectly golden and lightly crispy on the outside.  Fully cooked on the inside.  And seasoned with just the right amount of garlic and herbs.  Cooking potatoes on the grill (or indoors on a grill pan) can be a bit of a challenge, but the result is completely worth the effort!  And here’s the thing: grilling potatoes isn’t that difficult at all…as long as you know a few key tips and tricks.Continue Reading »

Roasted Squash and Freekah Pilaf

Got a case of the winter-is-coming blues?  Then whip up a batch of this
Roasted Squash and Freekah Pilaf. It’s exactly what the doctor ordered!

Mix things up a bit!  This Roasted Squash and Freekah Pilaf is a delicious seasonal side dish! I know I’ve mentioned it here before, but I used to teach Latin.  Yup, Latin.  That dead language that only allows me to communicate with other Latin teachers and the Pope.  But here’s the thing.  Latin might not be spoken much anymore, but I love the language.  The verb conjugations and noun declensions make sense (well, mostly).  Latin really is much easier than English.  Take this sentence, for instance: At the present moment, the children present a present to the mayor.  Seriously? Continue Reading »

Jalapeno Cheddar Grits

These Jalapeno Cheddar Grits are easy to make and loaded with flavor!  They make a great addition to any meal of the day!

These aren't your momma's grits!  These Jalapeno Cheddar Grits are easy to make and loaded with flavor!  They're the perfect addition to any meal!“Well, you can just kiss my grits!”  Folks in the South have some pretty funny sayings.  I grew up down South, and I admit…some of our sayings are pretty darned funny.  Honestly, most of these sayings weren’t strange to me until I met my wife.  She’s from Pennsylvania, and she always cracks up at our unique sayings.  Take “kiss my grits” for instance.  According to Urban Dictionary (which we all know is the fountain of infinite internet wisdom), the saying is attributed to Flo from the 70’s sitcom Alice.  I didn’t grow up watching Alice, but I can appreciate the fact that Flo’s signature catch phrase is now a part of Southern vocabulary.Continue Reading »

Chipotle Parmesan Baked Sweet Potato Fries

These Chipotle Parmesan Baked Sweet Potato Fries
are a delicious and fun side dish for any meal!

These Chipotle Parmesan Baked Sweet Potato Fries are a delicious and fun side dish for any meal!A couple of months ago, my wife and I went to Belgium for vacation, and we had an absolute blast!  I had no idea what to expect about Brussels, but it turned out to be a really cool city.  Did you know that the Smurfs (aka Les Schtroumpfs) hail from Brussels?  Well, not the actual Smurfs…but the artist.  And I don’t even need to mention how good the Belgian chocolate…and Belgian waffles…and Belgian beer was!  But here’s another one for ya: Belgian fries (aka frites).  There are entire stands and storefronts dedicated solely to fries.  The only decision you have to make is how many fries to order…oh, and which of the amazing dipping sauces you want, too.Continue Reading »