Category Archives: Sides

Roasted Root Vegetables + Salted Coriander Butter

    Comfort food has been on my mind a lot lately.  Strangely, I’ve been craving foods from my childhood.  Things I would normally never gravitate towards.  Buttered egg noodles, for instance.  Don’t get me wrong, they’re pretty darn fantastic but it’s an odd anomaly for me, nonetheless. Maybe my body knows fall officially arrives […]


Simple Summer Sides :: Roasted Petite Red Onions + Cherry-Balsamic Glaze

Michigan is the “cherry capital of the world”.  Well, at least to its residents it is.  I can say that with authority as my late grandfather, Steve, would proudly hoist me on his broad shoulders each summer to grab a sweet taste of the very best.  Our summer cherry adventures were typically just the two […]


Simple Sides :: Sugar Snap Pea Chiffonade with Black Pepper + Parmesan

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Sugary sweet and ultra crisp, these morsels — tucked neatly into their brown paper bag — often don’t make it past the boundaries of the farmers’ market.  Too tempting to resist in that very moment, they rarely ever become anything other than who they are in all their naked glory.   This is the very reason I […]


Pan-Seared Baby Boy Choy + Miso-Garlic Glaze

  Simplicity [sim-plis-i-tee]:  freedom from complexity or intricacy. I love the simplicity of this side dish but, even better, are the complex flavors that come along with it.  Not only is bok choy an incredibly nutritious member of the cabbage family, but it’s one of those “blank canvas” vegetables that easily takes on additional layers […]


Quick fix :: Tarragon-Lemon Chicken Salad

One of my very first, and most favorite, jobs was when I was about 16-years old.  I worked at a traditional boulangerie, full of artisanal breads, croissants and muffins.  People were generally happy as they popped in for their freshly baked goods. Then again, how could they not be?  The place always smelled of cinnamon, […]

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