Italian Marinara Green Beens

Plain green beans can be boring. I like to spice things up with this Italian version. They are so good you will keep coming back for more! Italian Marinara Green Beans 1 ½ pounds fresh French green beans 2 tablespoons … Continue reading

Beef Consommé Rice with Mushrooms

When I was a child my parents had a very active social life. On the weekends mother was either having people over for dinner or we were going to one of their friend’s houses for dinner. One of the dishes … Continue reading

Marinated Grilled Yellow Squash

  One of our neighbors, Sam Lewis, brings Doc and I vegetables from his garden. One of my favorites is yellow squash. I like to marinate squash in vinaigrette because it adds additional flavor. This recipe is simple to make … Continue reading

Cajun Fried Okra with Heirloom Tomatoes and Ranch Dressing

Cajun Fried Okra with Heirloom Tomatoes and Ranch Dressing highlight two summer favorites: okra and tomatoes. Okra is fried until crisp and gets a little kick from the Cajun seasoning. Ripe tomatoes provide a temperature contrast the hot okra. Ranch … Continue reading

Grilled Zucchini Planks with Garlic-Butter and Parmesan Cheese

Grilled Zucchini Planks with Garlic-Butter and Parmesan Cheese   marydukecooks.com I love it when I can cook an entire meal on the grill! This is a great, grilled side dish. It looks so sophisticated on a plate. Char-grilled zucchini planks … Continue reading

French Green Beans with Garlic Butter and Grape Tomatoes

These green beans are flavorful instead of bland. Even people who don’t like green beans love this recipe. Doc says they taste Zippy! French Green Beans with Garlic Butter and Grape Tomatoes 1 ½ pounds French green beans; washed, drained … Continue reading

Spring Asparagus and Peas Risotto

Spring Asparagus and Peas Risotto 1 (32 ounce box) low sodium chicken broth 1 cup water 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 1/2 cup (1/4-inch dice) Sweet onion 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 ¼ cups Arborio rice (Arborio … Continue reading

Oven Fried Baby Red Potatoes

Crispy on the outside and soft in the center these potatoes are a snap to make. The oven and cast iron skillet do all the work! Oven Fried Baby Red Potatoes 1 (24 ounce) bag baby red potatoes, cut in … Continue reading

Maple Roasted Acorn and Butternut Squash

Maple Roasted Butternut and Acorn Squash is the perfect side dish for any menu. The maple syrup caramelizes as the squash bakes and adds just a hint of sweetness. Enjoy! Maple Roasted Butternut and Acorn Squash 1 acorn squash cut … Continue reading

Cornbread and Sausage Dressing

My family broke tradition last Thanksgiving and changed their cornbread dressing recipe. We took the dish to a friend’s house for dinner and let me tell you- it was a big hit! So my advice to you is, don’t be … Continue reading