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Soups, Salads and Sides

Antipasto Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Antipasto Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Looking for a substantial salad for a group that you can make ahead of time and is easy to customize? This Antipasto Salad is packed with meat and veggies and fits the bill perfectly! Antipasto Salad With Red Wine Vinaigrette  A person can never have too many...

Slow Cooker Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Slow Cooker Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup

This rich, velvety Slow Cooker Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup recipe is packed with flavor and conveniently made in the slow cooker. Perfect for busy weeknight meals!  Nothing is more satisfying on a chilly fall or winter day than a bowl of homemade...

Day Before Mashed Potatoes

Day Before Mashed Potatoes

Hosting a big dinner? Free up your oven space and reheat these Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes in your slow cooker!  Day Before Mashed Potatoes Recipe The biggest lifesaver of Thanksgiving (and many events and holidays since) are these Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes....

Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions

Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions

Oven roasting brings out the sweetness in these Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions. These crispy potatoes have a caramelized exterior while staying light and and fluffy on the inside. They are a delicious, easy side dish recipe for nearly any occasion from a...

Pesto Pasta Salad with Peas

Pesto Pasta Salad with Peas

This Pesto Pasta Salad with Peas filled with tomatoes and pine nuts is the perfect side dish to anything that comes off the grill.  There are many great things about Minnesota that make us take in these brutal winters, (although this wet, cold spring is really...

Crispy Zucchini Feta Fritters Recipe

Crispy Zucchini Feta Fritters Recipe

Add some Greek flavor to your appetizer spread with this tasty recipe for crispy Zucchini Feta Fritters! Can you ever have enough zucchini recipes? Zucchini is plentiful any time of year, which is one of the reasons I love this Zucchini Feta Fritters recipe. It’s an...

Tomato Feta Pasta Salad

Tomato Feta Pasta Salad

No summer picnic is complete without a pasta salad. This crowd-pleasing Tomato Feta Pasta Salad is packed with sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese and kalamata olives in every spoonful. This make-ahead, Tomato Feta Pasta Salad recipe is perfect for summer barbecues....

Easy Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Arugula and Pistachios

Easy Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Arugula and Pistachios

This make-ahead Roasted Beet Salad pairs jewel-colored beets with peppery arugula, crunchy pistachios and creamy goat cheese. Topped with a rich balsamic glaze, this gorgeous salad always disappears at BBQs!   Raise your hand if you’re a beet lover!   ...

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad recipe is great for feeding a group! Who can say no to a make-ahead salad filled with bacon, tomatoes, cheese, and a creamy ranch dressing?   Summer is all about keeping things easy in our house, especially when entertaining a group....

Tomato, Feta and Vidalia Onion Salad

Tomato, Feta and Vidalia Onion Salad

This 5-ingredient Tomato Feta Salad with Sweet Onion recipe is one of my go-to BBQ side dishes - quick, easy and perfect for potlucks. I found this recipe for Tomato Feta Salad with Sweet Onion in Cooking Light (RIP, old friend) a number of years ago. It was one of...

10 Easy BBQ Side Dishes

10 Easy BBQ Side Dishes

Ever get stumped for side dish recipes? With this list of 10 Easy BBQ Side Dishes, you’ll never wonder what to bring to a summer grill out again!      It’s grilling season!    Here in Minnesota, we don’t take our summers for granted. We fill...

Shrimp Salad with Avocado

Shrimp Salad with Avocado

This light and tasty Shrimp Salad with Avocado comes together quickly and will quickly become one of your go-to summer salad recipes. It's May and the sun is going to shine this weekend.  That means it's time for all of the spring things. Yard work, spring...

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes are a tasty addition to any summer BBQ. BBQ season has arrived in full force and our deck is open and (kind of) ready for guests to come over. Yes, the paint is peeling and we need to replace some boards. We will get to that eventually, but...

Arugula Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Arugula Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

You won't believe the flavor that is packed into this 5 ingredient Arugula Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette! Summertime seems to be made for salads, and this Arugula Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette makes a frequent appearance on our table mainly because it's Kevin's...

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Craving homemade soup? This fix-it-and-forget-it Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham recipe is an easy way to enjoy a bowl of warm comfort food on a chilly day. Let’s be honest; split pea soup will never win any beauty contests. Fortunately what this soup lacks in...

Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup

Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup

Fight the cold weather with a bowl of this simple, flavorful Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup! It’s February in Minnesota which can only mean one thing: it’s freezing. Fortunately I’ve lived here long enough to know that the best way to fight the cold is to bring the...

Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Our simple Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Craisins and a Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe is our go-to side dish for entertaining!  Spinach Salad With Balsalmic Vinaigrette Recipe  Need an easy way to add greens to your entertaining menu? This Spinach...

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Need a weeknight meal that is hearty, filling and easy? Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup is the answer! It's a family favorite made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.  Do you have the one meal that you can make your whole family happy?...

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