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2004/02/10 20:44:57 (permalink)

Favorite sides

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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    Ort. Carlton.
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    RE: Favorite sides 2004/02/10 22:00:52 (permalink)
    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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    howard8
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    RE: Favorite sides 2004/02/11 08:39:09 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 09:26:40 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 09:30:20 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 09:30:47 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 10:05:03 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 10:13:41 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 10:22:33 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 10:22:48 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 10:23:57 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by clothier

    EVOO?

    That some kind of southern thing?


    Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
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    RE: Favorite sides 2004/02/11 10:25:28 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 10:43:26 (permalink)
    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
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    RE: Favorite sides 2004/02/11 11:51:25 (permalink)
    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"?????
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    RE: Favorite sides 2004/02/11 11:54:57 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 12:13:25 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 13:01:45 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 13:04:51 (permalink)


    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 2004/02/11 13:46:43 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 13:58:11 (permalink)
    Tiki - I won't go near a brussell sprout. Or beets. Or Rutabaga. Everything else I love!
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    RE: Favorite sides 2004/02/11 14:01:06 (permalink)
    My favorites are any kind of sweet potato, any sweet apple dish and creamed spinach.
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    RE: Favorite sides 2004/02/11 15:26:27 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 15:41:35 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 15:59:46 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 16:04:16 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 16:56:01 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 17:16:38 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 17:32:25 (permalink)
    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 2004/02/11 17:47:12 (permalink)
    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
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    RE: Favorite sides 2004/02/11 20:13:52 (permalink)
    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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