Sides and Stuff

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.

–Jim Davis, ‘Garfield’

Every complete meal must include a vibrant healthy side, and bacon doesn’t count.  At least, that’s what Lisa tells me.  I have to admit that, most of the time, I treat sides as a garnish that makes the plat look pretty, but it’s not what I’m really interested in.

This section of the blog is dedicated to those sides that we consider “special“.  They not only make the dish look delectable, they also contribute to the overall deliciousness of the meal.  So try ’em out.  If you don’t like ’em, you can always just push ’em to the side to make room for more bacon.

BLT Pasta Salad - This one comes courtesy of Laura 36 on It’s tangy and full of all the best ingredients (it’s got BACON!). We made this last night and it was terrific, so, thanks Laura36! Use These… 1 cup mayonnaise 1⁄4 cup lemon... Read More
Buttery Corn on the Cob – Sous Vide - This one comes from the Anova Recipe Site. That’s the machine I bought when I decided try this wonderful new way of preparing food. As usual, I’m adding it here just to make sure I can always find it.... Read More
Glazed Carrots – Sous Vide - Big thanks to Serious Eats for this Recipe. I’m more of a protein lover than a veggie fan, but these carrots are incredible, and incredibly easy.  If you’ve looked at the other Sous Vide recipes on the site you... Read More
Grilled Pork Chops with a Maple Bourbon Glaze - The ingredients photo on this one is pretty sparse.  That’s because there’s really nothing to it.  Some pork, olive oil, salt and pepper and, of course, the Maple Bourbon Glaze. Use These… Thick Sliced Pork Chops – at... Read More
Lemony Broccolini - Every once in awhile Lisa makes me eat something “healthy“, I’ve tried again and again to convince here that Bacon is where vitamin B comes from, but she’s just not buyin’ it.  So, I saw this one on Food Network’s... Read More
Pintos and Peppers Medley - The first thing you need to know about this recipe is that it’s served warm. The second thing you need to know is that it’s delicious. Oh, and it’s easy. We just happened to have some fresh peppers... Read More
Potato Pancakes -

Meat and Potatoes...  it's just the way things are, right?  But what kind of potatoes?  That's the question.

Quick and Easy Sausage Stuffing -

So, I've made some pretty darn good stuffing from scratch, even going so far as to bake sourdough bread for the filling, but I love stuffing, and sometimes you just don't have the time to make it that way.  Also, this recipe is damn good!

Smoked French Dip Sandwich - Ok.  I’ve been smoking for quite awhile (meat and veggies, not cigarettes) and I really don’t have much on here that relates to that, even though it’s AWESOME! So, it’s time to put something in here that we... Read More
Southwest Pasta Salad - I found this awesome side on It’s an easy to make, but really delicious add-on for any summer barbecue, and is likely to become a family favorite. Use These… 16 ounces Ditali pasta (or pasta of your choice) 4... Read More
Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower - This really very spicy, but delicious. Slather the marinade on lightly to keep the level of spice down, if you want a .less spicy dish. Use These… 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 head cauliflower 1 1/2 cups plain Greek... Read More
Steak and Mushrooms - It’s Grilling Season. Really, it is.  It just doesn’t matter what time of year you’re reading this.  We grill all year round, and what follows here is a simple way to grill the perfect steak AND your mushrooms... Read More
Totally Decadent Mac and Cheese with Smoked Ham and Bacon -

Anyone that knows me knows that I love smoked meats.  This heavenly casserole combines 2 kinds of smoked meats (ham and bacon) with cheesy goodness and pasta.  What more could you ask for

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