Battered Baby Zucchini with Ricotta-Stuffed Squash Blossoms

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Battered Baby Zucchini with Ricotta-Stuffed Squash Blossoms

The delicate blossoms are stuffed with ricotta and lightly coated in a beef batter before being fried until the baby zucchini are tender and the squash blossoms stuffing is melty.

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Spiced Cauliflower “Steaks” with Avocado-Tomatillo Salsa

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Spiced Cauliflower “Steaks” with Avocado-Tomatillo Salsa

California avocados are a great way to thicken sauces and add a creamy element to any dish.

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Cheesy Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes

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Cheesy Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes

Potatoes are roasted and scooped out and then mixed with a combination of sour cream, milk and lots of cheddar cheese. The potatoes are then refilled and baked until the tops are golden brown.

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Cheesy Mushroom and Kale Brioche Strata with Pancetta 

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Cheesy Mushroom and Kale Brioche Strata with Pancetta 

Chunks of brioche bread are tossed with pancetta, sautéed mushroom, and kale then combined with an egg mixture and topped with an abundance of cheese for an alternative to traditional holiday stuffing.

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Rustic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Shallots

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Rustic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Shallots

Most people fall on one end of the spectrum or the other -- do you like your mashed potatoes with lumps or without?

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Garlic Butter Tomato Cheese Bread

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Garlic Butter Tomato Cheese Bread

For years whilein high school this was my go-to for a summertime snack. It was easy to toss together when my friends and I were lounging poolside.

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Spicy Cheesy Corn with Bacon

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Spicy Cheesy Corn with Bacon

Similar to Mexican eloté, the corn is cut off the cob then sautéed in a pan and tossed with a mayonnaise and sambal chili paste mixture, as well as with green onions, cheese and of course the pièce de résistance– bacon.

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Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Bacon​​​​​​​

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Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Bacon​​​​​​​

This is one of the easiest vegetable side dishes and also one of the biggest crowd-pleasers!

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Roasted Ranch Pumpkin Seeds

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Roasted Ranch Pumpkin Seeds

When you’re carving pumpkins for jack-o'-lanterns, save the seeds and roast them tossed in ranch spices for a healthy, salty snack.

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Whipped Cheddar Potatoes

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Whipped Cheddar Potatoes

Cloudlike mashed potatoes whipped with butter, cream and cheddar cheese are what dreams are made of. At least they’re what my dreams are made of.

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