Side Dishes

Kentucky Potato Salad

Lesley and I just got back from a lovely vacation in Cave City, Kentucky. We stayed in a cabin in Jellystone Park, which was perfect for camping with three young kids. There was so much for them to do, and we were able to cook our own food, which saved us a ton. Feeding five mouths on vacation is not cheap. Before we left, we loosely put together a menu, and for the most part, it turned out great. The potato salad, which Pinterest told me was the best ever, was a bit of a flop though. After a long trip home and having been left with all of the food, I decided to try again. Lesley did make a great suggestion on the first try–Why not add relish? So I did, as well as some red onion that was left over. This second try was much better. (more…)

Parmesan and Basil Orzo


This is a household favorite. It calls for very few ingredients and is adaptable for picky eaters. Cooking with orzo is really fun and the flavors in this dish are fantastic. I sometimes add ground turkey to make it a meal. Easy. What’s better than that? (more…)

Poppy Seed Potato Salad

I have found that packing a picnic for children in two age groups can be challenging. Just finding something they can agree on at home can be challenging, but when you need to make it portable, it’s a whole new ball game. Still, we love picnics, and I plan to do as many of them as possible this summer. That will require an arsenal of go-to picnic foods. This one was a bit of a last-minute throw together, but it turned out wonderful! The baby might not have been able to enjoy it, but I like to think that she would have if she could have. (more…)

Sweet Potato Fries

Yum, yum, yum! I can’t say enough good things about this quick, simple side dish. The kids love them, and they are healthy! Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber. A perfect companion in the fight against daycare germs. They can be hard to cut in a timely fashion so if you anticipate running low on time, try cutting them the night before. (more…)