Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans

Another holiday favorite. Introduced to me by Janelle, my sister-in-law.   2 cans green beans (in Taiwan, we used fresh that had been parboiled till crisp-tender) ½ lb. uncooked bacon ¼ cup Dijon mustard 3 Tablespoons brown sugar 1 Tablespoon water   Drain green beans. Cut bacon slices in half, then again in half long-ways. Wrap about 8 green beans …

Sweet Potato Casserole

We had this for the first time in Taiwan during Thanksgiving in the home of an ex-pat South Carolinian. I’ve reduced the sugar and now, it’s on our table every year during the holidays.   3 cups mashed cooked sweet potato ½ cup sugar ½ teaspoon salt 2 eggs ½ cup milk 3 Tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon vanilla   Mix …

Squash/Zucchini

Stir-fried: Follow directions of stir-fried bell peppers.   Grilled: Preheat grill to medium high. Slice squash in half. Brush with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill 5 minutes each side. Serve immediately.   Zucchini Chips: Preheat oven to 175F. Select long slender zucchini to avoid seeding. Cut very thinly with a sharp knife or slicing portion of your …

Tomatoes

Jarred Sun-dried packed in Olive Oil: Keep on hand for pizza, pasta and calzones.   Fresh Roma: Alternate sliced tomatoes with fresh mozzarella slices. Drizzle with pesto for a great Caprice salad. Perfect for side-dish for Italian dishes.   Fresh Grape or Cherry Tomatoes: Heat 1/2 teaspoon olive oil in skillet. Saute 1 pod of garlic or bit of minced …

Sweet Potatoes

Grilled: These will completely grill on a low grill, but we usually speed things up a bit. Wash, dry and cook in microwave about five minutes. Slice in half. Score cut side of sweet potato and drizzle with a bit of olive oil, melted butter, or dipping oil. Cook cut side down on medium high grill till done, about 3-7 …

Spinach

Souffle: 1 10 oz. pkg. frozen, chopped spinach 2 Tablespoons garlic butter Dash of pepper 2 Tablespoons flour 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese 2 eggs ½ cup milk ¼ teaspoon salt Put box of frozen spinach in microwave for 4 minutes on high. Transfer spinach to bowl and add other ingredients. Mix well. Bake in well-greased 8×8 dish at 350˚for …

Snow Peas

Stir-fried: Rinse snow peas and trim ends. Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in skillet or wok on medium high heat. When oil is hot, add a bit of garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add snow-peas, stir till mixed with oil and cover for about 2 minutes. Crack lid, add 1 Tablespoon of water and close lid while peas …

Potatoes

Roasted: Preheat oven to 425. In a medium bowl, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil or flavored dipping oil. Then add 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of the following spices according to preference: Cumin, paprika, oregano, red pepper, minced garlic, and/or rosemary. Sometimes I also add several Tablespoons of Dijon mustard. Add chunks of unpeeled potatoes and mix. Add 1/2 teaspoon …

Okra

Stewed with tomatoes: Saute onion over medium heat in saucepan or skillet with a little olive oil until softened. Reduce heat to low, stir in 2 parts sliced okra and 1 part peeled and chopped tomatoes (may also use 1 can whole peeled tomatoes). Add salt to taste and simmer for 15-30 minutes – according to how tender you like …

Mushrooms

Sauteed: Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 pound sliced mushrooms. Stir frequently, about 8 -10 minutes. Season with salt, pepper or even herbs. Great with beef or pork dishes.