Have I told you about my love affair with my electric pressure cooker? I never thought I'd say this, but I can't imagine life without pressure cooking some of my own homemade pantry ingredients: beans, lots of beans, and chicken broth. I make other things, like risotto, soups, and roasts, too. I adapted the recipe for these Pima "baked" beans from a small booklet of Southwest Indian recipes. (The Pima people currently live primarily on two reservations in south and central Arizona.) It almost looked like a traditional New England baked bean recipe, except that it called for corn syrup. Usually I don't keep corn syrup in the house, but I had a bottle left over from Ted's gummy-bear making episode with our grandson a...
What could be easier than potato salad made with pesto from your garden basil (or from the supermarket)? This is a great side dish for everything from grilled burgers to roast chicken.
Great for potlucks or picnics, this black bean salad comes with an Asian twist: a sesame-ginger dressing. Make it a few hours ahead, and serve as a side salad with anything from the grill.
A single vegetable can become a salad with the right dressing. Your pantry of Asian condiments provides everything you need to turn a humble red cabbage into a spectacular side dish in minutes.
Cooked, chilled chayote squash pairs with creamy avocado and tangy strawberry in an unusual salsa fresca that enhances fish tacos or grilled chicken.
Pack this baby kale and cabbage salad with lots of mix-ins, and toss everything in a lightened-up Greek yogurt dressing. Main dish or side, depending on how much you add to it!
Use out-of-season cherry tomatoes, available year-round at the supermarket, to make these intensely-flavored burst tomatoes. Perfect for sauces, dips, and bruschetta or pizza.