Category Archives: Sides

Summertime Sugar Snap Pea Side Dish

Summertime Sugar Snap Pea Side Dish

Wow – we made this side dish the other night and it was a perfect ten!  Everyone loved its fresh, bright flavors.  Serve it along fish, meat, chicken, pork – perfect with them all! 12 oz sugar snap peas, de-stringed 1/3 c chopped red onion 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 large tomato, chopped 2 T…Continue Reading

Easy, Foolproof Polenta

Easy, Foolproof Polenta

One of the hassles of preparing polenta is having to constantly stand over the stove and stir the pot until you get the desired consistency.  This recipe, thanks to our friend Mary Jo, is baked in the oven and comes out perfect every time! 1 c polenta 4 c chicken broth 1/6 c. cream 1/2…Continue Reading

Colorful Stuffed Zucchini Side Dish

Colorful Stuffed Zucchini Side Dish

  This recipe will fit the bill if you are looking for “something different” to serve along your entrée.  Also, it can be made ahead and cooked when needed.  Simple ingredients, simple recipe, simply delicious! 5 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise 1-2 T olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped…Continue Reading

Colorful Roasted Vegetable Side Dish

Colorful Roasted Vegetable Side Dish

Here is an excellent side dish recipe that looks as good as it tastes! One sweet potato peeled and sliced into chunks 8 tri-colored potatoes halved or quartered, skin left on One leak sliced – white and light green part only One bunch asparagus cut in half Half lemon for juice 2 – 3 Tablespoons…Continue Reading

Spinach Salad with Warm Garlic Dressing

Spinach Salad with Warm Garlic Dressing

This salad, as are most, is very versatile.  We used olives and sun-dried tomatoes, but you could easily add many other ingredients – avocado, sautéed pancetta, cooked shrimp, or steak.  The best part is the warm garlic dressing! One package baby spinach 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (non-oil packed) Dressing: 3 Tablespoons olive oil 2-3 cloves…Continue Reading

French Onion Soup – Hot, Cheesy Goodness!

French Onion Soup – Hot, Cheesy Goodness!

Cold nights, hot soup – life is good and tastes even better!  This recipe is for eight, but you can freeze the “soup” part if you need less servings.  If you are in the market for some attractive, inexpensive soup bowls that work great with this recipe, we found these on the Crate and Barrel…Continue Reading

Grilled and Raw Mexican Corn Salad

Grilled and Raw Mexican Corn Salad

  Part of this recipe calls for raw corn which may sound a bit odd, but it gives the salad great crunch.  Grilled corn is an ingredient as well, but if grilling the corn is not an option, boiling will do the trick.  Give it a try! 10 ears of corn, husked 3 large shallots, thinly sliced…Continue Reading

Something Different – Zucchini Muffins

Something Different – Zucchini Muffins

  This recipe originated from TheTampa Bay Times CookClub.  Different recipes are published in the Food section each Wednesday.  We modified the recipe a bit (less maple sugar and added walnuts).  They can be served along soups, salads, or as something different than bread with your main course.  Breakfast muffin?  Absolutely!  These muffins freeze really well too!…Continue Reading

Parmesan Crisps – Better Than Bread!

Parmesan Crisps – Better Than Bread!

  These crisps are  a delicious and healthy alternative to baguettes or heavier bread.  They taste slightly nutty and go great with a salad or any dinner entrée. Arnold Sandwich Thins Good Quality Olive Oil Shaved Parmesan Preheat the broiler. Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.  Separate the sandwich thins into the two slices.…Continue Reading

Two Ways to “Dress Up” Cauliflower

Two Ways to “Dress Up” Cauliflower

  Cauliflower has never been an exciting vegetable.  Its lack of color and flavor make it one boring side dish!  However, by adding a few ingredients and changing the cooking method, there is hope!   The inspiration for our cauliflower recipes comes from The Flavor Bible.  The Barnes & Noble web site says, “Winner of…Continue Reading

The Deconstructed Salad – What will be in yours?

The Deconstructed Salad – What will be in yours?

Any time you make a salad, spend a little extra time and visualize the presentation.  Salads that are colorful and beautifully displayed are a bright spot for your table.  Don’t worry about mixing the ingredients together – your guests can do that for themselves.  Use your favorite cheese and fresh herbs for your own special…Continue Reading

Arugula, Date and Apple Salad

Arugula, Date and Apple Salad

This is one of those salads that you could make three days in a row and never grow tired of.  The dates have a sweet flavor which is complimented by the tangy balsamic glaze.  Don’t slave over the stove reducing regular balsamic vinegar, use our favorite balsamic glaze (pictured) and impress your family or guests…Continue Reading

Why Not Turkey Tortilla Soup?

Why Not Turkey Tortilla Soup?

Our chicken tortilla soup recipe is everyone’s favorite, so we thought that substituting the chicken with leftover turkey would be a simple and tasty solution to using up your leftover turkey.  Give it a try … 2 cans (14.5 ounces) chicken broth 2 cans (10 ounces) Ro-Tel diced tomatoes with green chilies 1 can (16…Continue Reading

A Soup Making Party – Cooking with Friends

A Soup Making Party – Cooking with Friends

For several years, friends of The Simple Celebration have gotten together to do pre-holiday cooking.  They make a couple of soups to freeze and pre-measure muffin ingredients to whip together at another time.  Their tradition is making a gumbo which each serves on Thanksgiving Eve and a butternut squash soup for Thanksgiving Day’s first course.…Continue Reading

Chutney Chicken Salad

Chutney Chicken Salad

A fabulous chicken salad recipe, perfect for this time of year.  The holiday flavors of raisins, pecans, cranberries, and chutney are delicious, not to mention the wonderful colors!  You could serve this over arugula or baby spinach along with a pumpkin or zucchini bread.  Or you can put the salad in wraps for lunch or…Continue Reading

Fall Salad That’s a Whole Meal!

Fall Salad That’s a Whole Meal!

This unique fall salad combines a few of our last recipe blogs to create a whole meal.  It is a great way to use leftovers!  Click on the underlined ingredients to see the recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Grilled skirt steak 7 oz. arugula 8 oz. halloumi cheese (grilling cheese), sliced into 8 equal pieces Roasted…Continue Reading

Easy, Easy Roasted Butternut Squash

Easy, Easy Roasted Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is the perfect fall side dish.  It has great color, flavor and texture and is so easy to make.  It is a great side dish for grilled steaks and is also delicious in an arugula salad. One butternut squash – 1 to 1 1/4 pounds 1/4 c. olive oil Kosher salt Freshly ground…Continue Reading

Grilled Avocado – Costa Rican Style

Grilled Avocado – Costa Rican Style

Our friends Nick, Yvonne, Andrea & Dean are currently on a vacation in Costa Rica.  They just sent us this wonderful recipe so that we could share it with everyone.  We think it looks delicious and the pictures are great.  Enjoy!! Yvonne says, what a beautifully easy appetizer. Here we are in the middle of…Continue Reading

What can you say about a fruit salad?

What can you say about a fruit salad?

  Not much, but we’ll try!  We got together to work on our blog today when the hunger of lunchtime hit.  A fruit salad sounded nice and light after indulging in summertime vacation foods, impromptu get-togethers, and lots of great wine. We put this fruit salad together in no time and it hit the spot!…Continue Reading

Mediterranean Rice Salad

Mediterranean Rice Salad

We are part of the Tampa Bay Times Cook Club (#cookclub) and really enjoy participating in submitting our version of the given recipes.  The Simple Celebration was even featured in a recent article!  Our latest entry was a Mediterranean rice salad.  We not only made it for our submission, we also made it for our families…Continue Reading

Mouthwatering Watermelon and Arugula Salad

Mouthwatering Watermelon and Arugula Salad

What is more refreshing on a hot summer day than watermelon?  This salad made with watermelon, feta, arugula and a drizzle of balsamic glaze is refreshing and tasty.  Don’t skip the balsamic glaze, it is the secret to this salad’s success! One medium-size seedless watermelon, cut in 1/2 inch cubes – about 8 to 10…Continue Reading