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tiki
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Favorite sides - Tue, 02/10/04 8:44 PM
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Ok folks,i'll tell your mine if you tell me yours! There are plenty that i really like--beans--all kinds,slaw,greens,an endless list but hands down--i will almost always go with broccali---especially brite green,steamed,and covered with butter and a little salt and cracked pepper---and --my all time fave---Mac and Cheese! These two with ANY meat--meatloaf,chicken, ham,roast pork or beef,catfish,---makes no difference--set them in front of me and i'm a happy man!

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RE: Favorite sides - Tue, 02/10/04 10:00 PM
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Dearfolk,
My favorite sides at The Normaltown Cafe' are the daily casseroles: green bean, spinach, squash... and sometimes even something else, when the cook gets a fit of whimsy.
When on the road, I usually stay safe and order something they aren't apt to put sugar into, since I'm hypoglycaemic. Fried okra and onion rings are two stand-bys, if everything else looks iffy.
With barbecue, I see no sense in fries - they could be served anywhere. I take whatever regional thing(s) is/are offered.
Face it, I'm not a big "fries" person anyhow; there is very little guarantee of freshly-cut fried potatoes in most places, so I usually go with something else. The same is true, in the South, anyway, of "home fries" at breakfast... those usually come out of a carton and end up tasting like grilled leather.
I do remember one place I ventured into in Iowa where burgers came with fries or not at all: order the platter or get nothing, owner's orders. The fries were, I was made to understand, excellent: freshly-cut from local potatoes and fried unapologetically in 100% pure Iowa lard ("The only correct way to cook them," the owner assserted.). I went for a tenderloin instead, which did not come with the obligatory fries.
I'll be interested to see what develops here. Thanks, Tiki!
Classically Rendered, Ort. Carlton in Acropolis-Free Athens, Georgia.

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 8:39 AM
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A good quality cole slaw is my first side choice but it is hard to find. A close second is sauteed fresh spinach with loads of garlic and EVOO.

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 9:26 AM
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While I don't indulge in them often, my favs are mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. Mac and cheese probably also heads my list of dishes that sound great but end up disappointing me. I LOVE a good mac and cheese -- it just seems that a lot of places (at least, in my neck of the woods) don't put a lot of effort into it.

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 9:30 AM
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Cole slaw. Baked beans. Potato salad. Mashed potatoes. Almost any green vegetable. Creamed spinach. Onion rings. Man, it's not even close to lunch time!

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 9:30 AM
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sweet potatos. I was jsut at the lex market in baltimore and had a dish with 2 sides (not common for a new yorker like me). the mac and cheese and the sweet potatos were great. the meat was not good.

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 10:05 AM
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Orzo with caramelized onions and lots of fresh pepper.

Anything with mushrooms, better yet plain sauteed mushrooms with garlic.

Polenta

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 10:13 AM
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Depends on the menu, but in general:
  • Fresh asparagus any time it's on a menu;
  • Sausage gravy;
  • Buttered new potatoes;
  • Butter, salt, and fresh-ground pepper with a few mashed potatoes;
  • Corn bread dressing
  • Hushpuppies;
  • Mushrooms in any form;
  • Refritos;
  • Louisiana style red beans;
  • Dirty rice (without liver or giblets);
  • Sourdough toast;
  • Mustard or turnip greens;
  • Grits, especially with garlic and cheese;
  • Beets;
  • Onions, steamed or grilled;
  • Tater Tots ().

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 10:22 AM
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My mashed tators with sauteed onions on top, mushrooms, beets, coleslaw, fries, green salad with cuqs, tomatoes and poppyseed dressing.

NO Grits...ewweww ewww

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 10:22 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by Rick F.

Depends on the menu, but in general:
  • Fresh asparagus any time it's on a menu;
  • Sausage gravy;
  • Buttered new potatoes;
  • Butter, salt, and fresh-ground pepper with a few mashed potatoes;
  • Corn bread dressing
  • Hushpuppies;
  • Mushrooms in any form;
  • Refritos;
  • Louisiana style red beans;
  • Dirty rice (without liver or giblets);
  • Sourdough toast;
  • Mustard or turnip greens;
  • Grits, especially with garlic and cheese;
  • Beets;
  • Onions, steamed or grilled;
  • Tater Tots ().



Everything Rick said with the addition of:
Potato salad
Creamed Spinach - (Katz's in Houston makes it so good I wish I could take a bath in it - comes in a little dish with broiled cheese and tomato slice on top)
Squash casserole
And always #1 - mashed potatos and gravy, or rice and gravy

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 10:23 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by clothier

EVOO?

That some kind of southern thing?


Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 10:25 AM
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Mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted asparagus, stewed tomatoes, stuffing, haricots vert, fried potatoes and onions, baked potatoes, linguine, cabbage and boiled potatoes with corned beef, roasted potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, sauteed zucchini. Oh, and I really like the moon.

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 10:43 AM
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The sides I prefer generally depends on the entrees I select. I usually like a creamy and slightly sweet coleslaw. Captain D's and KFC has the style I like. East Tennessee mashed potatoes with gravy is always good. Mamaw Smith usually always has green beans and on special days she has Tennessee fried okra. I consider Tennessee fried fried dressing a side.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 11:51 AM
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Originally posted by Sundancer7

I consider Tennessee fried fried dressing a side.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

WHAT IS THAT? Now I understand that y'all love to Tennessee fry this and that and every other thing. But what the heck is "fried fried dressing"?????

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 11:54 AM
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Sides are usually my favorite part of the meal. My family/friends won't always let me tell them what ot order. How do you do that Clothier? I love creamy slaw,well seasoned green beans and sweet potato/casserole. Also zuccini/tomato/saute. I am a real pickle freak and always want those on the side. Used to go to a place as a kid where they served a nice crock of pickles on the table with crackers. I loved that and still love to find any "extra" served when you are seated. I went to a wonderful place in Vermont once that brought a Spinning Wheel of salads to the table. These were really sides like pickled beets,marinated mushrooms etc.

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 12:13 PM
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Hushpuppies! Especially the ones you find in North Carolina at the BBQ joints. Lexington BBQ in Lexington NC are my favorites!

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 1:01 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by lleechef

quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

I consider Tennessee fried fried dressing a side.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

WHAT IS THAT? Now I understand that y'all love to Tennessee fry this and that and every other thing. But what the heck is "fried fried dressing"?????

lleechef: that famous dish is a Tennessee fried typo I screwed up and did not edit properly. Mamaw Smith makes her dressing which consist of breadcrumbs, bacon grease, onions, garlic, sage and a few other things that she refuses to discuss. She heats up a cast iron pan with some bacon grease and then pours a thin portion of the mixed goo in the hot pan and lets it rip at about 425F for about 30 minutes. It litterly fries in the pan. It has a great crust on it.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 1:04 PM
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Fried Zucchini (a big thing in Pittsburgh), especially at Tambellinis (all of them) and Moon Lite Cafe in Brookline
Fried Okra


and having the option of either cheese or brown gravy on my fries!!!



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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 1:46 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Lone Star

quote:
Originally posted by Rick F.

Depends on the menu, but in general:
  • Fresh asparagus any time it's on a menu;
  • Sausage gravy;
  • Buttered new potatoes;
  • Butter, salt, and fresh-ground pepper with a few mashed potatoes;
  • Corn bread dressing
  • Hushpuppies;
  • Mushrooms in any form;
  • Refritos;
  • Louisiana style red beans;
  • Dirty rice (without liver or giblets);
  • Sourdough toast;
  • Mustard or turnip greens;
  • Grits, especially with garlic and cheese;
  • Beets;
  • Onions, steamed or grilled;
  • Tater Tots ().



Everything Rick said with the addition of:
Potato salad
Creamed Spinach - (Katz's in Houston makes it so good I wish I could take a bath in it - comes in a little dish with broiled cheese and tomato slice on top)
Squash casserole
And always #1 - mashed potatos and gravy, or rice and gravy


Anything NOT on your list of "Favorites"

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 1:58 PM
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Tiki - I won't go near a brussell sprout. Or beets. Or Rutabaga. Everything else I love!

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 2:01 PM
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My favorites are any kind of sweet potato, any sweet apple dish and creamed spinach.

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 3:26 PM
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I'm with Ort about the casserole thing, my favorite is broccoli casserole. I'm also a corn freak. I LOVE it, on or off the cob, along with home grown tomatoes. If I can't get fresh corn, I sometimes mix canned or frozen whole kernal with canned or frozen cream style, and it has the same consistency. It's not fresh, but it's not bad.

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 3:41 PM
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Depends on what it's on the side of. With some good roast beef, either mashed or baked potatoes, sauteed asparagus in garlic lemon butter, maybe some spinach. Actually had the asparagus with chicken cordon bleau last night for dinner,

With BBQ, I prefer baked beans and corn bread.

And with pizza, either good ice tea or a cold beer depending on my mood.

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 3:59 PM
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Because of the types of cuisine we have access to here in NYC and the northeast, I'll limit my choices to the steakhouse options. I always get homefries and creamed spinach. Nearly everything else I can do better myself.

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 4:04 PM
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For breakfast, nothing beats home fires.

For lunch or dinner, nothing beats some well-made cole slaw.

Onion rings (homemade ones, NEVER frozen) aren't bad either

Wally

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 4:56 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by clothier

quote:
Originally posted by Willly

Because of the types of cuisine we have access to here in NYC and the northeast, I'll limit my choices to the steakhouse options. I always get homefries and creamed spinach. Nearly everything else I can do better myself.



food snob.


Can't help it.............I am laughing my head off!

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 5:16 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by clothier

quote:
Originally posted by Willly

Because of the types of cuisine we have access to here in NYC and the northeast, I'll limit my choices to the steakhouse options. I always get homefries and creamed spinach. Nearly everything else I can do better myself.



food snob.


Actually, not really Clothier-- we have no tearooms, cafeterias or other places where there is the opportunity to choose from a variety of sides. The wide range of choices in sides that most of you have are not available here. If you look at the Sterns' reviews of restaurants in this area, they highlight the entrees, with little mention of the sides, because there are often no options. Home cooking, at least with most New England cooks is similar -- less emphasis on the sides. I'm not being elitist, I was just working with what my options typically are. If you're concerned that the commnet about my cooking is snobbish, I was simply saying that I would rather steam my own broccoli or asparagus than pay $10 or more to have someone else do it...

oh yeah -- thanks for getting me to my 100th post.

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 5:32 PM
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I think for me the better answer to the question is what side don't I like? In New York there is not usually a choice of sides, as some have previously mentioned, but I have been tempted in restaurants to order a less desirable main course because the accompanying sides sounded so good. Some of my favorites include perfectly tender-crisp steamed/sauteed vegetables, especially zucchini and squash with maybe just a little butter, really good fries, risottos and pilafs, mushrooms in any form, red cabbage, home fries, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes...you name it. I'm a vegetable fiend, so cook it and it's good to me! (I'm not picky.)

I don't really care for coleslaw, okra, or grits.


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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 5:47 PM
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Posted by; Forurlungsonly:

I don't really care for coleslaw, okra, or grits.


Better by pass Tennessee as that is considered a staple. I could have those three items threee times daily

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/11/04 8:13 PM
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Hi Paul. I realized as I was typing that that my answer was very "un-Southern." What can I say? I'm a native New Yorker!

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RE: Favorite sides - Sat, 02/21/04 3:49 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by clothier

EVOO?

That some kind of southern thing?


EVOO = Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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RE: Favorite sides - Sat, 02/21/04 3:59 AM
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Sides are my favorite part of the meal. During the holidays I cook up at least 4 sides

Some of my faves are:

*Carrot Suffle (I have Piccadilly's recipe. Sweet and Delicious)
*KFC Coleslaw
*Smothered Greenbeans with Bacon and Onions
*Broccoli Cornbread ( OUT OF THIS WORLD! )

In fact... Please try the Broccoli Cornbread! I'd eat it over dessert!

Broccoli Cornbread
2 boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix(MUST BE JIFFY)
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 sticks melted margarine (6 ounces)
1 pkg. (10 oz) chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup cottage cheese
Combine all ingredients and pour into greased 9- X 13-inch baking dish. Bake at 375° degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, or until brown.

Sounds wierd I know but it's irresistable. Someone made this dish this past Christmas and I commented she was nuts. I was embarrassed when I couldn't stop eating it. Ended up bringing half the pan home and ate it cold out of the fridge. Goodness Gracious!

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RE: Favorite sides - Sat, 02/21/04 7:57 AM
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I love mint peas.

There's nothing like a side dish that freshens your breath while you enjoy them! And the best thing about them is the mint makes butter obsolete. So healthy and delicious!

Wouldn't you agree that sides are always a bit more un-healthy or decadent compared to the meat they share the plate with?


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RE: Favorite sides - Sat, 02/21/04 3:36 PM
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I love mint peas.

There's nothing like a side dish that freshens your breath while you enjoy them! And the best thing about them is the mint makes butter obsolete. So healthy and delicious!

Wouldn't you agree that sides are always a bit more un-healthy or decadent compared to the meat they share the plate with?





I TOTALLY agree. Because I love sides which are always like an appetizer to me because they are dressed up so well or full of butter or fat of some kind usually, I dont even pay attention to the meat either!

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/25/04 7:12 PM
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Very nice jingle.
Raclette recently served to me smelled like the loch ness monster's soggy boot and didn't taste much better.

Any side that doesn't have peas in it. Just got to love 'em all.

I too love the sides much more than the main entree item most times.

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/25/04 7:54 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by redtressed

la la la la la

Gravy on 'taters and Potatoes Au Gratin
beans in copper kettles and cornbread that's fittin'.
Exotic Raclette bound up in Spaghetti Squash Strings.
These are a few of my favorite things.

Creamed Lima beans and browned buttered noodles,
Bagatelles and farfels, oodles and oodles.
Wild onions fried with potatoes and greens.
These are a few of my favorite things.

Fern Furls and pecans in butter sauced stashes,
Latke cakes that accompany applesauce smashes.
Silver queen corn that go well with green beans
These are a few of my favorite things

When the gallbladder strikes
When the dinner check stings
When I'm feeling stuffed sad
I simply remember my favorite things
and then I don't feeeeeeeeeeellllllllllll soooooooooooooooo baddddddddddddddddddddddddd.

Sing along ![repeat verse]




Redtressed,
You done good, girl. If I ever make it to Morgantown, I'm gonna stop in and hug you for that one. Even if I'm married by that time. Even if I'm on my honeymoon. Even if there isn't anymore Stoney's Beer to be had. No matter what.
Congratulatorially, Ort. Carlton in 30601-Control Central.
P. S. If you're not a hugger, there are aplenty of easy alternatives. I am one; some people are not (alas).
P. P. S. You can also direct me to your favorite neighborhood thrift stores....



oh Ort , Ort , Ort......just marry me and we'll do a thrift shopping honey-do moon. Hit all the book sales from libraries, the 30 plus consignment stores that abound in this town, the indoor flea market, the outdoor major duty flea market , the Amish General store, the Salvation Army Store(much better selection there , than goodwill here.), and the afore mentioned Gabes, where one can buy everything from Victoria's Secret and Fredericks to Levi's and Hilfiger jeans........and even.....yes I said even Dean and Deluca selections. An example of pricing...mens Levis 401's for 6.99 a pair, and the essential hanes briefs 1.00 for 6 pair package(Gabes actually owns most of the Hanes Outlet stores). we can lunch at Starzyzak's where a gyro sammich is filled with 8 1/4 inch thick slices of gyro meat, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, sliced kalamata olives, field greens, baby spinach, sliced onions and sliced tomatoes marinated in Greek olive oil dressing, and a large side of homemade tziztlaki sauce, enveloped in a 13 inch homemade pita, at the cost of 3.75. We can journey a bit north to RT 40 in Pennsylvania and Maryland(the Old National Road) and eat at Penn Alps in Grantsville Maryland where livermush and scrapple both are featured on the all you can eat Amish buffett as well as REAL maple syrup. Or we can stop at Glissans, where the homemade rolls are the size of salad plates. But alas, Ort......my roadie love......the nectar of Stoney's I cannot offer you, but may be able to dazzle you with Rolling Rock. If you're really feeling frisky , my darlin'.......I'll take you to the Appalachian Brewing Pub. Be swift , my Georgia Cracker Bear

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/25/04 9:38 PM
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WOW!! heck of an offer Ort!

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RE: Favorite sides - Wed, 02/25/04 11:43 PM
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Redtressed,
How can I refuse?
Getting Hungrily, Ort. in 30601-land.
P. S. They're getting ready to reopen the Portsmouth, Ohio suspension bridge in April. I have thought of driving up there for a beer-scouting and record-finding expedition (not to mention Roadfood!). Gracious sakes, you're tempting me! - After all, I can go from Morristown, Tennessee up I-81 and cut over through Bristol to Bluefield, then up to Beckley (where there's a Lustron house on the market, if it hasn't already sold). That road (19) leads to Charleston, whence I simply proceed northward until I come to Redtressiana. Doesn't look like too silly a veer off to get to Portsmouth (zag over from Charleston to Huntington to Ashland or some such). Hmmm. I wonder what foods I'll find? Pizza rolls?? Shoo-fly pie??? Apple pan dowdy???? - Can I ride the campus monorail????? Pretty please with livermush on it?????????

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RE: Favorite sides - Thu, 02/26/04 4:29 AM
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Food is soooooo cheeep back East. My daughter and I just drove her 18 wheeler to the east coast and back. We ate at every place we could find that was in the Sterns Books. Of course thay had to have enough space to park our rig. I live in very expensive San Diego where a studio apartment is $900.00 a month and food and every thing else is expensive. Gasoline today hit $2.20 a gallon for regular unleaded.

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RE: Favorite sides - Thu, 02/26/04 7:24 AM
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Originally posted by autumneyez04

Sides are my favorite part of the meal. During the holidays I cook up at least 4 sides

Some of my faves are:

*Carrot Suffle (I have Piccadilly's recipe. Sweet and Delicious)
*


just recently discovered this and its good!!! Amazing how these southern folks seem have a dessert for every course!! Think you could share that recipe tooPlease please please!

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RE: Favorite sides - Thu, 02/26/04 10:42 AM
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Current favorite sides (for fixing at home -- too many too mention for eating out) are:

Roasted Cauliflower
Roasted Broccoli & Garlic
Sauteed Mushrooms
Creamed Spinach

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RE: Favorite sides - Thu, 02/26/04 4:38 PM
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Oh Pogo---that roasted cauliflower!!!Thanks again for the recipe!!my wife raves about it. Roast vegies are amazingly flavorful and this one realy surprised me with just how much of a difference from steaming---which i loved---but roasted,its amazing! Ive added a little Mrs Dash original to your recipe and i can see that it will be a favorite around here for a lon time.

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RE: Favorite sides - Thu, 02/26/04 4:58 PM
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Glad you and your wife like it tiki!! Now you need to try it with broccoli -- do it the same as the cauliflower but add some chopped garlic to be roasted along with the broccoli -- don't cook it quite as long (it's not quite as forgiving as the cauliflower, but I like it even better at times). Enjoy!!

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RE: Favorite sides - Fri, 02/27/04 7:57 AM
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Autumneye04,I,too,would love to have the recipe for the wonderful carrot souffle served at the equally wonderful Picadilly Cafeteria.Thanks in advance

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RE: Favorite sides - Fri, 02/27/04 8:44 AM
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Depends on the menu, but in general: Fresh asparagus any time it's on a menu; Sausage gravy; Buttered new potatoes; Butter, salt, and fresh-ground pepper with a few mashed potatoes; Corn bread dressing; Hushpuppies; Mushrooms in any form; Refritos; Louisiana style red beans; Dirty rice (without liver or giblets); Sourdough toast; Mustard or turnip greens; Grits, especially with garlic and cheese; Beets; Onions, steamed or grilled; Tater Tots ().
Anything NOT on your list of "Favorites"
Very little! Rare fish in any form, I guess.

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RE: Favorite sides - Fri, 02/27/04 2:00 PM
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Tiki and Lamertz... here is the Carrot Souffle Recipe you wanted. Sorry I'm so late posting this. I forgot about this thread. Oops. This dish is so very wonderful especially for the holidays. Many consider this a dessert, its just sweet enough and delicious. Well worth the time to peel the carrots!!!

Piccadilly Carrot Souffle

3-1/2 LBS. peeled carrots
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup flour
6 eggs
1/2 LB. butter (real butter please, 2 sticks)
powdered sugar

1.Steam or boil carrots until extra soft. drain well

2. while carrots are warm, add sugar, baking powder,and vanilla.

3. whip with mixer until smooth.

4. add flour and mix well

5. whip eggs and add to flour mixture, blend well.

6. add softened butter to mixture and blend well.

7. pour mixture into baking dish abou half full as the souffle' will rise.

8. bake in 350F oven about 1 hour or until top is a light golden brown.

9. sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar before serving. serves 10

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RE: Favorite sides - Fri, 02/27/04 5:36 PM
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Ort, it is the Sundancers opinion that you need to get Blanch fired up, fix the cruise and head north. From What I read, you have a wonderful opportunity with a wonderful woman who has offered you something you cannot refuse.

Paul E. Smith
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RE: Favorite sides - Sat, 02/28/04 12:55 AM
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Having read through the whole list, I agree with most of the offerings and will happily eat at least 90% of them.

But if we're talking absolute faves, I gotta go with the tater tots. Nothing beats a perfect tot.

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RE: Favorite sides - Sat, 02/28/04 4:31 AM
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To my surprise, noone has mentioned broccoli rabe (rapini). Steamed, then sauteed in olive oil with fresh garlic and hot pepper flakes.......I just turned on SO to it after finding an affordable abundance of it in SoCal. We used to serve TONS of it when I was chef in an Italian resto in Boston.
We even brought some back to Alaska in our luggage! You can turn this "side dish" into a main course by adding cooked penne and a little grated romano.........manga, manga. The owner used to eat this nearly every night, after asking ME to make it. "I don't trust those bums (the cooks)."

Another favorite side dish in the spring is fava beans. Myriad of things you can do with them.

Late summer/early fall BEST side dish is FRIED PUMPKIN FLOWERS! While I have stuffed them at my hoity-toity restaurants with duxelles and other various fillings, the best is still just plain fried, right out of the garden, picked EARLY in the morning before the bugs get in them. Dipped in batter and deep fried. Oh, I used to HUG my Gramps and Nona when they made pumpkin flowers!

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RE: Favorite sides - Sat, 02/28/04 7:07 AM
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Late summer/early fall BEST side dish is FRIED PUMPKIN FLOWERS! While I have stuffed them at my hoity-toity restaurants with duxelles and other various fillings, the best is still just plain fried, right out of the garden, picked EARLY in the morning before the bugs get in them. Dipped in batter and deep fried. Oh, I used to HUG my Gramps and Nona when they made pumpkin flowers!


mine did the same---and with zuccini blossoms in spring--folks thought my Grampa was nuts---"What the heck ya going do with ten million zuccini's?---Your neighbors will hate you!" well--those "way to many zuccinis never produced squash--but they did provide blossums every day for a month!

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RE: Favorite sides - Sat, 02/28/04 7:08 AM
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Autmneyes----Thanks!! Glad i started this thread--got some great recipes.

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RE: Favorite sides - Sat, 02/28/04 9:04 AM
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Thanks for the carrot soufle recipe. I knew it had a lot of sugar,but wow! I'm going to try it with half. I guess that's why it's called the Sugar Belt!!

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RE: Favorite sides - Sun, 02/29/04 6:56 PM
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Hey, lleechef, help me out with the broocoli rabe: my wife and I love it in restaurants, but the one time I ever made it at home, it was almost inedibly bitter, much more so than it usually is. What did I do wrong? My guess is I overcooked it.

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RE: Favorite sides - Sun, 02/29/04 8:07 PM
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Hey, lleechef, help me out with the broocoli rabe: my wife and I love it in restaurants, but the one time I ever made it at home, it was almost inedibly bitter, much more so than it usually is. What did I do wrong? My guess is I overcooked it.

Well, it is a "bitter" green. I blanch it in salted, boiling water (salt and bring water to a boil, THEN put rabe in!) for about 2 mins. Into a collander and run under COLD water to stop the cooking. You can do this part whenever you want. When you want to serve the rabe, put some olive oil in a saute pan with some chopped garlic (and a few hot pepper flakes if you like). Brown the garlic slightly and add rabe, a little salt and pepper. Toss in the olive oil and garlic (uncovered!) until hot. I just turned my SO on to this delicious vegetable and he's HOOKED!!!

The best brand, and preferred by chefs is Andy Boy from CA.

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RE: Favorite sides - Mon, 03/1/04 3:51 AM
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Thanks for the carrot soufle recipe. I knew it had a lot of sugar,but wow! I'm going to try it with half. I guess that's why it's called the Sugar Belt!!


Haha I never said this was a healthy recipe. Tis why it serves 10 I think. Everyone gets a small portion, just enough to tease them to want more! Thats the beauty of it.

I do reccomend to sprinkle a thicker layer of confectioners sugar on top if you use less sugar in the recipe. DO NOT skimp on the BUTTER! The butter is the KEY ingredient that makes it silky, smooth, and of course buttery to compliment the sugar on top!

You can't go wrong with this

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RE: Favorite sides - Mon, 03/1/04 8:00 AM
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Originally posted by lleechef

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Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

Hey, lleechef, help me out with the broocoli rabe: my wife and I love it in restaurants, but the one time I ever made it at home, it was almost inedibly bitter, much more so than it usually is. What did I do wrong? My guess is I overcooked it.

Well, it is a "bitter" green. I blanch it in salted, boiling water (salt and bring water to a boil, THEN put rabe in!) for about 2 mins. Into a collander and run under COLD water to stop the cooking. You can do this part whenever you want. When you want to serve the rabe, put some olive oil in a saute pan with some chopped garlic (and a few hot pepper flakes if you like). Brown the garlic slightly and add rabe, a little salt and pepper. Toss in the olive oil and garlic (uncovered!) until hot. I just turned my SO on to this delicious vegetable and he's HOOKED!!!

The best brand, and preferred by chefs is Andy Boy from CA.

My favorite way to cook greens of any type!!! I LOVE collards done exactly this way,slice em in thin strips and just "wilt" them in the boiling salt water,usually in my wok--it cooks quick and cleans up quick.---oh and i agree with you about the brand--Andy Boy-- they sell great vegies.Still the only thing i really miss about living in California---the farmers market in Chico had at least 20-25 vendors in the worst weather and 40-50 in the good---not counting the crafts folks.and fresh greens 12 mos a year!!

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RE: Favorite sides - Mon, 03/1/04 1:27 PM
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tiki, you are SOOOOOOO right about Andy Boy! At the resto I would buy nothing BUT Andy Boy romaine, rabe and broccoli.
The old Italian gangster that owned the restaurant where I was chef turned me onto Andy Boy......"I gotta go to the market at 4AM so I can get Andy Boy!"

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RE: Favorite sides - Mon, 03/1/04 1:35 PM
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Late summer/early fall BEST side dish is FRIED PUMPKIN FLOWERS! While I have stuffed them at my hoity-toity restaurants with duxelles and other various fillings, the best is still just plain fried, right out of the garden, picked EARLY in the morning before the bugs get in them. Dipped in batter and deep fried. Oh, I used to HUG my Gramps and Nona when they made pumpkin flowers!


Wow! Thanks for the memories. When I was very young like first grade I used to stay at my best friends house every other weekend and I will always remember his mom making fried flowers. Her son would not touch them with a ten foot pole but I loved them.

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RE: Favorite sides - Mon, 03/1/04 2:18 PM
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"Gramps, why do you plant so many pumpkin plants??" Me at 6 or 7 years old. "Because"
was always the answer. "Why don't we ever have any pumpkins??" "Because". He wasn't big on conversation.

But every morning there was that collander FULL of pumpkin flowers, ready to be fried for the mid-day meal!

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RE: Favorite sides - Tue, 03/16/04 9:18 AM
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In the summer, among my favorite sides is "summer salad" which is simply sliced home-grown tomatoes, sliced cukes, sliced sweet onions (like Vidalia), and peppers all covered with oil and vinegar and salt and pepper (Keep the platter of this covered and chilling in the fridge until you're ready). I think I'll start tilling up the little vegetable garden spot this weekend.
Frank

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