Side Dish Showdown: Thanksgiving

I’m reviving Side Dish Showdown for the holidays! Link up your side dish posts below from past Thanksgivings or any you feel are appropriate for the holiday. They can be old or new posts and there is no limit. The only qualification I have is that they be a side dish, anything else will be deleted. New posts must include a link back to this post with a reference to Side Dish Showdown.

Here are my side dishes:

Lime and Sage Butter Corn

Sage and Lime Corn

Sausage Cornbread Stuffing

 Cornbread & Sausage Stuffing

Apple Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Apple-Cheddar Smashed Potatoes

Sour Cream Poppy Seed Noodles

Sour Cream Poppy Seed Noodles

Classic Macaroni and Cheese

Moon's Macaroni & Cheese

Sugar Snap Peas and Sweet Peas with Warm Chili Garlic Vinaigrette 

Sugar Snap Peas and Sweet Peas with Warm Chili Garlic Vinaigrette

Baked Brown Rice with Smoked Gouda and Spinach

Baked Brown Rice w/ Smoked Gouda Cheese & Spinach

Kale w/ Garlic and Cranberries 

Kale w/ Garlic & Cranberries

To add your post to the Linky below use the post’s URL, not your homepage. The ‘name’ should be the name of your side dish, not the title of your blog. After linking up I ask that you return and make sure it linked up correctly and also leave me a comment letting me know you linked up. Any questions can be addressed in the comments, please check back for an answer.

The challenge will end November 30th. I am working on the badge and will have it available here in a day or two. I look forward to seeing all your delicious Thanksgiving-friendly side dishes!

Voting is also open in the Recipe Impossible Challenge I took part in a few weeks ago. I would be grateful if you dropped by and voted for my Butternut Squash and Couscous Patties! Thank-you!

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Side Dish Showdown: July Round-up Part 3

Side Dish Showdown Blogger Event

Here is the last round-up of the three!

I’m posting them in the order I received them, if you sent me more than one entry they might not be grouped together.

If you missed the others:

Link to the first round-up and second round-up.

Please follow the links through for the recipes and more information on the dishes that appeal to you.

Ana of Magic Flavours made a Minted Pea Salad.


Minted Pea Salad  @ Magic Flavours

Joanne of Eats Well With Others made Zucchini Fritters with Feta and Dill.

Zucchini Fritters with Feta and Dill @ Eats Well With Others

Yenta Mary of Food Floozie made Risotto alla Milanese.

Risotto alla Milanese @ Food Floozie

Tigerfish of Teczcape – An Escape to Food made Mixed Vegetables and Pineapple Curry

Mixed Vegetables and Pineapple Curry @ Teczcape

Chaya of My Sweet and Savory made Vegetable Lovers Fried Rice.

Vegetarian Lovers Fried Rice @ My Sweet and Savory

She also made Twofer Pasta on her other site The Comfy Cook.

Twofer Pasta @ The Comfy Cook

Priya of Mharo Rajasthan’s Recipes made Indian Curried Barley/Jau Ki Khichdi.

Jau Ki Khichdi - जौ की खिचड़ी (Indian Curried Barley) @ Mharo Rajasthan's Recipes

And Pesto Vegetables Rice.

Pesto Vegetables Rice @ Mharo Rajasthan's Recipes

And Makai Kishi.

Makai Kishi @ Mharo Rajasthan's  Recipes

And also Barley and Yogurt Raita.

Jau Ki Ghaat/Barley and Yogurt Raita @ Mharo Rajasthan's Recipes

Satya of Super Yummy Recipes made Hyderabadi Mirch Ka Salan.

Mirch Ka Salan @ Super Yummy Recipes

And also Spinach Fenugreek Pasta/Palak Methi Dal

Palak Methi Dal @ Super Yummy Recipes

And this Green Chili Sesame Curry

Green Chilli Sesame Curry @ Super  Yummy Recipes

Richa of Richa’s Kitchen made Chokah(Eggplant & Tomato).

Chokha (eggplant and tomato) @ Richa's Kitchen

Swapna of Simple Vegetarian Recipes made Sweet Potato and Channa Curry.

Sweet Potato Chana Curry @ Simple Vegetarian Recipes

Stacia of The Domestic Engineer made Mushroom Orzo.

Mushroom Orzo @ The Domestic Engineer

Debbie of At Grace’s Table made Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet Potato Hash @ At Grace's Table

Susan from A Kenetic Energetic but not Genetic Diabetic made Stuffed Heirloom Potatoes with Goat Cheese Polenta Souffle and Bacon Jam.

Tomato Goat Cheese Polenta Souffle @ A Kenetic Energetic but not Genetic Diabetic

Aipi of US Masala made Oven Roasted Rosemary Garlic Potatoes. Please visit her site to check out the picture and recipe.

I made a Couscous Salad.

Couscous Salad

Thank you once again for sending me your side dishes and making this such a success! xoxo

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Side Dish Showdown: July Round-up Part 2

Side Dish Showdown Blogger Event

Here is the second round-up!

I’m posting them in the order I received them, if you sent me more than one they might not be grouped together.

Link to the first round-up.

Please follow the links through for the recipes and more information on the dishes that appeal to you.

Deepti of A Hint of Spice made Malai Kofta.

Malai Kofta @ A Hint of Spice

Saveur of The Taste Space – steam, bake, boil, shake! made Okra with Prunes and Apricots in a Tamarind Sauce.

Okra with Prunes and Apricots @ The Taste Space

And Orzo Salad with Pan-Fried Chickpeas, Dill and Lemon.

Orzo salad with Chickpeas, Dill and Lemon @ Taste Space

And also Apricot-glazed Tofu with Rice and Bok Choy.

Apricot Glazed Tofu and Rice @ Taste Space

Chaya of The Comfy Cook made Savory Onion Bread

Savory Onion Bread @ The Comfy Cook

Pam of Sidewalk Shoes made Rice with Herb Oil

Rice with Herb Oil @ Sidewalk Shoes

Heather of Girlichef made Feta and Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad @ Girlichef

 Sanyukta of Creative Sanyukta made a Beet Lentil Stir-fry.

Beet Lentil Stir-fry @ Creative Sanyukta

And this Tandoori Thai Paneer/Cottage Cheese

Tandoori Paneer with a Twist Creative Sanyukta

Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen made a Papaya Stir-fry/Omakka Thoran/Kapplanga Thoran/Papaya Thoran.

Papaya Stir-fry @ Zesty South Indian Kitchen

Kim of Liv Life made Heirloom Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese @ Liv Life

Tigerfish of Teczcape – an escape to Food made Sardines and Bittermelon Quick Curry Stew

Bittermelon Quick Curry Stew @ Teczcape An Escape to Food

And also a Stir-fry Baby Choi Sum with Mushrooms in Fried Shallots.

Stir-fry Baby Choi Sum @ Teczcape An Escape To Food

Little Corner of Mine made a Simple “Chai Hsin” /Chinese Greens.

Simple Chai Hsin Chinese Green @ Little Corner of Mine

Denny of Oh Taste N See made a Barley Salad with Cucumber and Yogurt Dressing.

Barley Salad w/ Cucumber and Yogurt @ Oh Taste N See

And also these Garlic Rosemary Baked Fries.

Garlic Rosemary Baked Fries @ Oh Taste N See

Indrani at Recipe Junction made Egg Kalia.

Egg Kalia @ Recipe Junction

Lori of Fake Food Free made a Mustard and Chive Potato Salad.

Mustard and Chive Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt @ Fake Food Free

Biren of Roti n Rice made Pan Fried Summer Squash and Sausages with Rosemary.

Pan Fried Summer Squash and Sausages @ Roti n Rice

Deb of Kahakai Kitchen made Coconut Creamed Corn.

Coconut Cream Corn @ Kahakai Kitchen

I made Roasted Red Potato Salad with Pesto Sauce.

Roasted Red Potato and Tomato Salad with Pesto Sauce

Thanks for sharing your delicious dishes with me! Hope to see you at the new event! xoxo

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Side Dish Showdown: July Round-up Part 1

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I’m floored at the response this month to the Side Dish Showdown event! And absolutely thrilled. I had no inkling it would be such a hit when I started. The approximately 60 entries I received this month have caused me to re-think the entire event. It will now be a weekly event held on Saturdays. I’m going to spend the upcoming week revamping things and giving it a makeover. Please watch for the announcement next Saturday where I will reveal more of the details.

The round-up is going to be broken up into three delicious posts! I’m posting them in the order I received them, if you sent me more than one I may not of grouped them together.

Please follow the links through for the recipes and more information on the dishes that appeal to you.

My friend Brad over at Eatnlisten.com made Bacon Hot Sauce Tomato and Corn Relish.

Bacon Hot Sauce Tomato Corn Relish @ Eatnlisten.com

Lani at Food: Cooking and Capturing made four different side dishes with okra: Blanched Okra with Non-Cilantro Mayonnaise dip, Blanched Okra with Light Soy Sauce and Wasabi Dip, Fried Okra

Fried Okra

and Okra & Eggplant.

Okra Eggplant @ Food: Cooking and Capturing

 The Country Cook over at Maggie’s Country Kitchen also cooked up Fried Okra with Green Tomatoes.

Fried Okra and Green Tomatoes @ Maggie's Country Kitchen

Emily Z. at EZ Recipes made her Corn and Tomato Salad

Corn and Tomato Salad @ EZ Recipes

Daphne at Food Junkie From Texas made Broccoli with Garlic, Almonds and Asiago Cheese.

Broccoli with Garlic, Almonds and Asiago @ Food Junkie From Texas

Susan at A Kenetic Energetic but not Genetic Diabetic made Hot & Spicy Zucchini Refrigerator Pickles.

Hot & Spicy Zucchini Pickles @ A Kenetic Energetic but not Genetic Diabetic

Priya from Mharo Rajasthan’s Recipes made Baked Eggplant in Yogurt Gravy (Dahi Baigan Bharta).

Baked Eggplant in Yogurt Gravy @ Mharo Rajasthan's Recipes

Catherine of Living the Gourmet made Lemon Potato Salad

Lemon Potato Salad @ Living the Gourmet

Carla of Recipe Addict made a Southwest Bean Salad

Southwest Bean Salad @ Recipe Addict

Sanyukta of Creative Sanyukta made Stuffed n Roasted Indian Bittergourd.

Stuffed n Roasted Indian Bittergourd @ Creative Sanyukta

Emily Z. is back again from EZ Recipes with her Grilled Avocado, Tomato and Red Onion Salad

Grilled Tomato Avocado Salad

Allie from Eat At Allie’s made Cavatappi Pasta Salad

Cavatappi Pasta Salad @ Eat At Allie's

Umm Mymoonah of Taste of Pearl City made Eggplant Tamarind Gravy

Eggplant Tamarind Gravy @ Taste of Pearl City

Apu of Annarasa made Beetroot or Chukander Pachadi.

Beetroot Pachadi @ Annarasa

Torview Toronto made Pumpkin dal Curry

Pumpkin Dal Curry @ Torview Toronto

And a Moist Omelette with Vegetables.

Moist Omelette with Vegetables @ Torview Toronto

Debbi of Debbi Does Dinner…Healthy & Low Calorie made Cheesy Artichokes, Cauliflower & Red Pepper

Cheesy Artichokes, Cauliflower & Red Pepper @ Debbi Does Dinner

Faith of An Edible Mosaic made Vegetable Fritters

Vegetable Fritters @ An Edible Mosaic

Stacia from the Domestic Engineer made Green Bean Bundles

Green Bean Bundles @ Domestic Engineer

Angie of Angie’s Recipes made a Watermelon Leaf Lettuce Salad with Light Feta.

Watermelon Leaf Lettuce Salad w/ Light Feta @ Angie's Kitchen

I made a Southwest Rice Salad with Lemon Dressing

Southwest Rice Salad with Lemon Dressing

Thank you for sending me your amazing dishes! Stay tuned for Part 2.  And I hope to see you next Saturday at my new event! xoxo

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Side Dish Showdown: June Round-up Part Two

Here is Part Two of the Side Dish Showdown round-up as promised! Enjoy.

Chaya of My Sweet and Savory and The Comfy Cook made three side dishes. Chaya’s first is a Twice Cooked Quinoa with Vegetables, Pecans, Black Beans and Tomatoes.

Quinoa Twice Cooked @ My Sweet and Savory

Her second is a Herb Sauteed Bell Peppers. Chaya would like to know “Who made fun of bell peppers? Boring name but good food.”

Bell Peppers @ Chaya's Comfy Cook

Chaya’s third dish are these Oven Roasted Garlic Potatoes. “I think, we are in for a treat, with these potatoes, which must be filled with flavor. This is one of those quick and easy recipes where the most challenging part is washing the potatoes.”

Oven Roasted Garlic Potatoes @ Chaya's Comfy Cook

Sanyukta of Creative Sanyukta made four side dishes! Her first is a BitterGourd Stir-fry. Sanyukta says “…my memory lane flourished with sweet memories and food my dad loves….Thousands of recipes started lingering in my mind..I saw whats in my fridge and found this gorgeous fruit distinct warty looking exterior and an oblong shape…BITTERGOURD/BITTERMELON.”

Bitter Gourd Stir-fry @ Creative Sanyukta

Sanyukta’s second is a Corn Mushroom Carrot Stir-fry. Sanyukta says “I love making veggie stir frys, great option to get veggies in.and make my own variations/addition as per my taste…This dish i created is simple n easy..can adjust the ingredients quantity wise(like mushrooms more,carrot-corn less)can put spices u like or omit some…Tastes great with chapathi, naan, steamed rice, cumin/basil rice, breads or with pasta dishes as a side dish…”

Corn Mushroom Carrot Stir-fry @ Creative Sanyukta

Her third dish is a 3 in 1 Stir-fry with Potato, Cauliflower, Cabbage and Peas “…sharing with u all  3 simple stirfry’s using the same ingredients…

3 in 1 Stir-Fry @ Creative Sanyukta

Sanyukta’s fourth dish is a BottleGourd and Lentils Stir-fry. “Needless to say the benefits of bottlegourd and Lentils in ones diet. My mom makes this veggie into variety of ways, sweet, spicy, savoury into chutneys, dals, stirfrys, sweet puddings, rice dishes. Also with different kinds of dals like orange lentils, whole brown lentils, sometimes liquid preparations and some dry. But i love this simple stirfry with mild spices. Enjoy.”

Bottle Gourd with Lentils Stir-fry @ Creative Sanyukta

Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen made a Baked Burmese Eggplant Salad. Swathi says “If you like Indian Baigan Ka Bharta//Roasted mashed spiced eggplant or Middle Eastern dip Baba Ganouj, should try this egg plant salad. They are really good with crunchiness from fried garlic, roasted coconut, sesame seeds and peanuts. It has tanginess from lemon juice, spiciness from paprika and saltiness from soy sauce. We enjoyed this salad as an appetizer for our dinner.”

Baked Burmese Eggplant Salad @ Zesty South Indian Kitchen

Carla from The Recipe Addict made Bamies Me Saltsa also known as Fried Okra with Tomatoes. Carla says “It is a Greek Recipe for Okra with Tomatoes. There are a great many of these Bamies posted throughout the internet. Some call for the addition of parsley, while others call for cider vinegar, some just say vinegar. Either way they are very good as a side dish. This recipe is also used replacing the okra with green beans. Very delicious recipe. This was the first time I ever braised vegetables in olive oil.”

Bamies Me Saltsa or Fried Okra with Tomatoes @ Recipe Addict

Torview Toronto made Onion Tomato Sambal/Salad.

Onion Tomato Sambal/Salad @ Torview

Lani of Food: Cooking and Capturing made a Colorful Mix of  Peppers and Onions.

Colorful Peppers and Onions @ Food: Cooking and Capturing

Sienna of “Hon, What’s for Dinner?” made Twice Baked Potatoes. Sienna says “I have been on the south beach diet for 3 weeks now…I have to have a cheat day, or I go crazy!!! So, these were my cheat… and they were sooooooooo worth it!”

Twice Baked Potatoes @ Hon, What's for Dinner?

Debbi of Debbi Does Dinner…Healthy & Low-Calorie made a Quinoa Salad with Apples and Almonds. Debbi says “I have been very impressed with quinoa. I love how filling it is. Just a small amount really does the trick and fills you right up. This cold salad was fantastic! The flavors were perfect together.”

Quinoa Apple Salad Bowl @ Debbi Does  Dinner

Denny of Oh Taste N See made Roasted Asparagus with Chopped Eggs. It was her first time eating asparagus. Denny says “The spears were cooked just perfect, and I loved its taste. It was a somewhat familiar taste, but I can’t exactly figure out what. The eggs and the lemon juice perked up the taste beautifully.”

Roasted Asparagus with Chopped Eggs @ Oh Taste N See

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine made Mixed 5 Lentils Soup also called Gujarati Dal Panchvati. “A single serving of lentils provides sixty percent of the daily quota for iron, a mineral that vegetarians often lack sufficient quantities of. If you’re vegetarian, lentils should be a standard in your diet. Most people don’t get enough heart healthy fiber in their diet and lentils provide an easy way to add fiber. The same soluble fiber found in lentils also helps to moderate blood sugar levels and promote digestive health.”

Mixed 5 Lentils Soup @ A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine

Prity of Indian Khana made Eggplant Curry. “One Saturday I saw Nags FB status that she is making something with eggplant, I went and checked her site and found the Hyderabad style bagara baigan which was looking simple enough for me to give a try and I’m glad that I did. It tasted yummy…”

Eggplant Curry @ Indian Khana

The Country Cook from Maggie’s Country Kitchen made Okra Salad. “When I was young Dad always planted a huge garden. I remember one year the garden consumed nearly all of our Atlanta suburban back yard! Dad grew tomatoes, peppers, squash,beans, onions,corn and okra. I am sure there were other odds and ends growing in his garden. I really remember the okra, because he grew so much of it and for many years I did not care for okra cooked any way other than fried.”

Okra Salad @ Maggie's Country Kitchen

Daphne of A Food Junkie in Texas made a Spicy Cilantro and Lime Potato Salad. “I wanted to make a potato salad but not a traditional one. I am not a fan of the mustard-based potato salad so, I came up with this recipe. My son and I really liked it-”

Spicy Cilantro and Lime Salad @ A Food Junkie in Texas

Pam of Sidewalk Shoes made a Sweet and Tart Slaw Dressing. “Have you ever stopped to contemplate slaw? Slaw is kind of weird. I mean, no one ever goes around saying, “Boy, I wish I had some slaw today. And since you are stopping to contemplate slaw, think about all the slaw ramifications. Do you like yours creamy or vinegary? Sweet or sour? With or without onions? Purely cabbage, or some carrots, what about broccoli? See. Slaw is a complex thing. A wonder. (You’re looking at it in a whole new light, now aren’t you?)”

Sweet and Tart Slaw Dressing @ Sidewalk Shoes

Kim of Stirring the Pot made a Green Bean Salad with Charred Onions. Kim says “Every summer, my Mom plants green beans and we eat them like crazy all through the month of June. Last week was the third picking and we were looking for a new way to serve them up. This green beans grew even more flavorful as they were allowed to soak up some of the tangy, orange-flavored dressing.”

Green Bean Salad with Charred Onions @ Stirring the Pot

Heather of Girlichef made a Greek Potato, Onion and Caper Salad. “I bought a gorgeous little bunch…if you can refer to potatoes in the term bunch…of multi-colored fingerlings at the farmer’s market a week or so ago and really needed to use them! This particular recipe is fabulous…is packed full of those addictive, salty little bubbles…capers!

Greek Potato Salad with Capers @ Girlichef

I made two side dishes this month for the Showdown. The first is a Greek Creamed Spinach. “This a creamy, delicious classic that your family will love. You can serve it alongside steak…or with anything your little heart desires!

Greek Creamed Spinach

My second is a Panzanella Salad. “This bright, fresh and rustic recipe for Italian Panzanella salad couldn’t be simpler to make or more delicious! It’s as easy as tossing rough cut tomatoes, crusty hunks of bread, sharp red onion, sweet basil and salty Parmesan together. With a little drizzle of olive oil and vinegar over top it’s good to go.”

Panzanella Salad

In case you missed it Part One of the Round-up is here. Thank you for sending me your side dishes and making June the most successful month ever! Hope to see you next month! xo

I’m taking your dishes for the July Showdown – add your links here and be sure to look over the guidelines as I’ve made some small changes. And don’t forget to send me your favorite burger (beef, turkey, chicken, bean, veggie or fish) recipes for the Burger Free For All!

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Side Dish Showdown: June Round-up Part One

It’s time for the June Side Dish Showdown round-up! June was the most successful month so far with over 40 entries. For that reason I have broken up the round-up into two parts. Let’s get right down to business!

Joanne of Eats Well With Others made two side dishes. The first is a Sauteed Cauliflower with Feta and Mint. Joanne says “The sharp tangy feta with the sweet mint against the pretty neutral background of cauliflower. All tied together by the salty seasoned breadcrumbs. It was a dish that hit every part of my palate. And made it smile.”

Sauteed Cauliflower with Feta and Mint @ Eats Well With Others

Her second dish is a Pesto Rice Salad. “…as for that pesto? I showed it. I threw it into a rice salad along with some cherry tomatoes and locally grown asparagus. A dish that satisfied my every spring craving.”

Pesto Rice Salad @ Eats Well With Others

Saveur from The Taste Space – steam, bake, boil, shake! also sent two side dishes. The first is this Lentil and Rhubarb Stew with Indian Spices. Saveur says “It had many complex levels of flavour, with the ginger and garlic, then the cardamom and cloves and finally little pockets of poached rhubarb. It was different and I enjoyed it, which is most important. I served this with rice as a vegetarian entree, but it could also accompany an Indian-spiced meat dish.”

Lentil and Rhubarb Stew with Indian Spices @ The Taste Space

Saveur’s second entry are Asiago Crusted Baked Zucchini Sticks. “I liked the extra smokey flavour brought by the paprika into the crunchy coating. A bonus for this recipe is that the zucchini is baked, not fried. Perfect as a side, and if you make big pieces, great for dipping into a marinara or tzatziki sauce as a appetizer.”

Asiago Crusted Baked Zucchini Sticks @ The Taste Space

Kelly from The Pink Apron made a ‘tried-and-true favorite’ Almost My Father’s Pasta Salad. Kelly says “I prepared the bird using Ina Garten’s recipe for Perfect Roast Chicken Roasted chicken and tossed it with grapes, celery, scallions, cheddar cheese, cashews and pasta. I added my own spin with the dressing. It just so happens that as I was gathering ingredients for the salad Whole Foods was having a great sale on avocados (5 for $4) so I decided to add some to my dressing. Pureed with low fat mayo, nonfat greek yogurt, honey and lime juice, avocados make for a rich dressing that nicely balances sweet and sour. Delicious yet unfussy, this is a great salad to bring to a cookout or to add to your lunchbox.”

Almost My Fathers Pasta Salad @ The Pink Apron

Angie of Angie’s Recipes made a Tomato Cucumber Salad. “A really simple and refreshing tomato cucumber summer salad with and a light citrus dressing and fresh parsley.”

Tomato Cucumber Salad @ Angies Recipes

Joanne of The Winelady Cooks made Grilled Polenta Parmigiana. Joanne says “…it is very easy, fast, and delicious — and it’s also a great vegetarian side dish. I like grilled polenta which I sometimes make as appetizers. This week I made them parmigiana style to go with our grilled chicken breasts and grilled shrimp. These polenta parmigiana rounds were a perfect match.”

Grilled Polenta Parmigiana @ The Winelady Cooks

Lori of Fake Food Free made Patty Pan Squash stuffed with Basil Orzo. It was Lori’s first time cooking Patty Pan and she says “The yellow Patty Pan that I used had a sweet, fresh flavor. They seemed even sweeter to me than standard yellow straight or crooked-neck summer squash. The basil and cheese combination with its slight saltiness paired perfectly with the tender, sweet flesh of the squash.”

Patty Pan Squash stuffed with Basil Orzo @ Fake Food Free

Stacia of The Domestic Engineer made two dishes too! Her first being these Easy Caramelized Onions. Stacia says “This recipe is super duper easy with the ingredients being things that lots of people have on hand. They take a little bit of time- but it is well worth it! I do use beer to caramelize the onions. The beer cooks WAY down and the sugars in it get all yummy. But if you prefer not to use the stuff, you can probably sub in some chicken broth and about 1 tbl. or so of brown sugar.”

Easy Caramelized Onions @ The Domestic Engineer

Stacia’s second dish is this Cream of Broccoli Soup. “This broccoli soup was so much better than I had hoped for. It was VERY easy to put together and tastes great on it’s own, or with sour cream on top. I hear that the cheese was good on top too. Next time I might try some crumbled bacon on top! Yum!”

Cream of Broccoli Soup @ The Domestic Engineer

Faith of An Edible Mosaic made a Snow Pea & Sesame Saute Faith says “…sometimes I get to the market and all my good intentions fall to the wind because I see something (usually some form of fresh produce) that just calls to me. That’s exactly what happened when I saw these pretty snow peas. They cook up in a matter of minutes and form a fantastic summer meal paired with grilled teriyaki chicken and jasmine rice.”

Snow Pea and Sesame Saute @ An Edible Mosaic

Tigerfish of Teczcape – An Escape to Food made two dishes this time around. Her first is Spicy Cauliflower and Potatoes – an Aloo Gobi mistake. “I ran out of tomatoes one day. How can I? So in that incident, I made Aloo Gobi without them.Aloo Gobi is one of the most-often-cooked Indian vegetarian dishes in my home. So flavorsome. I love the blend of tomatoes and cauliflowers with some “starchy” potatoes – making it so stew-like; and the mix of spices NOT EXCLUDING coriander/cilantro leaves…bringing nuances of flavors.”

Spicy Cauiflowere and Potatoes @ Teczcape An Escape to Food

The second dish from Tigerfish is a Stir-fry Hairy Gourd with Black Fungus and Green Peas. “This furry hairy Little Winter Melon also known as Hairy Melon can be stir fried, not just in soup or steamed. I used to braise them with dried shrimps, shitake mushrooms and glass noodles into a deep flavorsome dish. Today, I am doing it milder with black fungus and green sweet peas. Black fungus gives this dish deep earthy flavors. Green peas are also naturally sweet. With that touch of salt and white pepper to taste, the dish finishes off with that drizzle of sesame oil for shine and aroma.”

Stir-fry Hairy Gourd with Black Fungus and Peas @ Teczcape An Escape to Food

Jaysus from Dinner and a Concert is back with his Red Lentil Curry and Onion Cakes. Jaysus says “Lentils are an amazing food nutritionally and are really dynamic as far as things you can do with them. They’re pretty good cold too for picnics and the like.”

Red Lentil Curry and Onion Cakes @ Dinner and a Concert

Allie from Eat at Allie’s made Italian Garlic Bread. Allie says “A lot of times the best dinners are the easy ones. Pasta, salad, bread, done. This Italian Garlic Bread is a great compliment to even the most basic dinners.”

Italian Garlic Bread @ Eat at Allie's

Susan from A Kenetic Energetic but not Genetic Diabetic is a newcomer to the Showdown who made two side dishes. Her first is Lime Roasted Carrots. Susan says these are “Easy, tasty and good for you.”

Lime Roasted Carrots @ A Kenetic Energetic but not Genetic Diabetic

Susan’s second dish is this Saffron Orzo with Spring Vegetables. “I love using up the bottoms of things. I had about 2″ of orzo in a jar, some fava beans I steamed, fresh spinach and a few saffron threads. I thought I would put them all together.”

Saffron Orzo with Spring Vegetables @ <a href=

Louanne of Louanne’s Kitchen made a Red Bean & Rice Salad. Louanne says “Do you ever just want to change things up and make something unexpected for a potluck or cookout? I mean, something other than potato salad or baked beans or coleslaw? Anyway, red bean and rice salad lends itself to culinary creativity, lime and cilantro, oregano and feta, and onward.”

Red Bean & Rice Salad @ Louanne's Kitchen

Sara of Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice (where the good go to be bad…) made Easy Tortellini Alfredo Rosa. Sara says “I love pasta. I love it because it can be elegant, rustic, sexy, and simple. I love it because, generally, it is easy to whip up. Yes, pasta is our friend…now my hips will strongly disagree…but my heart…it is in love. This recipe is a fabulous side dish, as well a as an entree. You can serve it with grilled chicken or on its own.”

Easy Tortellini Alfredo Rosa @ Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice

Ana of Magic Flavors is back with her Sweet & Sour Aubergines. Ana says “This dish is based on the Sicilian classic Caponata. It can be made up to 2 days ahead and reheats very well. For a sensational side dish or toss through cooked pasta. Aubergines can be purchased all year round and come in different varieties of colour and shape. Put aubergines on your weekly shopping list and you will be amazed what creations you discover.”

Sweet and Sour Aubergines @ Magic Flavours

Tricia from This Happy Home made Oven Brown Rice. Tricia says “We are a white rice family. We’d love to be a brown rice family but when we eat dishes like Kung Pao chicken or bourbon chicken, brown rice just doesn’t do it for us. I found this recipe several months back, though, and it really changed our opinion on brown rice. We still don’t eat it for many dishes but we’re starting to use it more. Its an incredibly simple recipe with just the right amount of flavor. I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this dish.”

That wraps up Part One. If you don’t see your dish here look for it in Part Two tomorrow. And thank-you for sending me your dishes! Hope to see you all next month! xo

I’m taking your dishes for the July Showdown – add your links here and be sure to look over the guidelines I’ve made some small changes. And don’t forget to send me your favorite burger (beef, turkey, chicken, bean, veggie or fish) recipes for the Burger Free For All!

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Side Dish Showdown: July

June was the most successful month ever for the Side Dish Showdown event! Thanks to all of you for sending me your fantastic side dish recipes! The round-up will be posted in two parts over the weekend.

The theme for July will be Anything Goes. If you’re a new reader of my site or to the event Side Dish Showdown is a monthly blogger event that was started to give side dishes the attention and respect they deserve. It is a collection of side dish recipes from food bloggers all over the world. On the 1st or 2nd of each month I post a round-up and announce the new theme for the month.

Here are the guidelines:

1. The side dish must be a blogged recipe dated during the month of July. No old posts.

2. You must mention that it is for Side Dish Showdown with a link back here.

3. The dish must be a side dish: a food item that accompanies the entrée or main course at a meal and usually does not contain meat. If you send me a main dish it will not be included in the round-up.

4. You must add your link (up to TWO per blog) to the McKLINKY below for it to be included in the round-up. By doing this you give me permission to use a picture of the dish off your post in the round-up via Flickr and a blurb from your post about the dish. After you add your link please check back and make sure it was added correctly.

5. Any questions may be posted below in the comment section or e-mailed to me at cinnamonyspice@gmail.com

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If you love this event you may also like to join the Blogger Burger Club where we make, eat and rate burgers. The current challenge is a Free-For-All! Send me your favorite burger recipes whether it be beef, turkey, chicken, veggie, bean or even fish.

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Side Dish Showdown: June

We are working our way through month number 5 of the Side Dish Showdown Event. It seems like just yesterday that I started this! It’s led me to discover some tasty blogs and in the process new friends…I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am and cooking your way through some of these delicious and diverse recipes.

The theme for June will be Anything Goes. Here are the guidelines:

1. The side dish must be a blogged recipe dated during the month of June. No old posts.

2. You must mention that it is for Side Dish Showdown with a link back here.

3. The dish must be a side dish: sometimes referred to as a side order or simply a side; a food item that accompanies the entrée or main course at a meal and usually does not contain meat. If you send me a main dish it will not be included in the round-up.

4. You must add your link (up to three) to the McKLINKY below for it to be included in the round-up. By doing this you give me permission to use a picture of the dish off your post in the round-up via Flickr and a blurb from your post about the dish. After you add your link please check back and make sure it was added correctly.

5. Any questions may be posted below in the comment section or e-mailed to me at cinnamonyspice@gmail.com

6. Have fun and think outside the box: try new flavors, ingredients and techniques. Be sure to mention in your blog what flavors and main dishes you think would go well with it.

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Side Dish Showdown Blogger Event

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If you love this event you may also like to join the Blogger Burger Club where we make, eat and rate burgers. This round is being hosted by Kim of Stirring the Pot. Pay her a visit and check out the mouth-watering burger she chose.

May’s Round-up.


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