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Winning Side Dish Recipes

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Local veggies and herbs have a magical knack for inspiring me to cook. After my CSA box arrived, I used the fresh ingredients to create this adorable appetizer. —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York
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Pumpkin & Cauliflower Garlic Mash

Pumpkin & Cauliflower Garlic Mash

Pumpkin & Cauliflower Garlic Mash

I wanted healthy alternatives to my family's favorite recipes. Pumpkin, cauliflower and thyme make an amazing dish. You'll never miss those plain old mashed potatoes. —Kari Wheaton, South Beloit, Illinois

Spicy Corn on the Cob

Spicy Corn on the Cob

Spicy Corn on the Cob

“Being from Louisiana, we like everything hot…even our vegetables,” writes Glenda Ardoin from Hessmer. “This is one of our summer favorites.”

Pearl Onions

Pearl Onions

Pearl Onions

“These onions were served at a restaurant I visited in Florida, and the chef’s assistant shared the recipe with me. They make a unique side to many entrees.”—Dixie Terry, Goreville, Illinois
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Chili-Cheese Bake

Chili-Cheese Bake

Chili-Cheese Bake

Since my husband's a Navy meteorologist, we've sampled food all over the world. I adapted this recipe from one I was given while we were stationed on the Aleutian Islands. Fresh meat was difficult to obtain in that part of Alaska, so I learned to make many meals featuring grains and legumes instead! We're looking forward to retiring soon to a small farm in central Maine. All three of our children were 4-H leader for 9 years.

Spring Green Risotto

Spring Green Risotto

Spring Green Risotto

Once a week, I create a new recipe for my blog, An Officer and a Vegan. I first made this risotto when I needed something cheerful and comforting. It would be fantastic with asparagus, zucchini or summer squash, but use whatever veggies are in season. —Deanna McDonald, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Southwestern Spuds

Southwestern Spuds

Southwestern Spuds

I came up with this attractive side dish when my best friend unexpectedly stayed for dinner. While my husband grilled pork chops, I perked up potatoes with tasty taco fixings. The results received rave reviews. This recipe is even quicker to fix with leftover baked potatoes. —Penny Dykstra Porterville, California

Pickled Carrots

Pickled Carrots

Pickled Carrots

The trick to pickled carrots is cooking them just long enough to retain a harvest-fresh "snap." These tangy treats are terrific for perking up a buffet table or relish tray or serving alongside a hearty sandwich.

Cranberry Cornmeal Dressing

Cranberry Cornmeal Dressing

Cranberry Cornmeal Dressing

This moist dressing is perfect when paired with poultry or even pork. The sweet-tart flavor of the dried cranberries really complements the dish's turkey sausage. —Corinne Portteus, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Two-Tone Baked Potatoes

Two-Tone Baked Potatoes

Two-Tone Baked Potatoes

One potato...two potato...this recipe is doubly wonderful as far as spud lovers are concerned. I have a reputation at home and at work for trying out new recipes. Everyone is glad I took a chance on this one. -Sherree Stahn, Central City, Nebraska

Lemon Date Couscous

Lemon Date Couscous

Lemon Date Couscous

Couscous is a great carrier for bold flavors and cooks so quickly. It makes a wonderful accompaniment to many main dishes. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California

Roasted Acorn Squash & Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Acorn Squash & Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Acorn Squash & Brussels Sprouts

I love creating dishes with few ingredients and easy steps, like squash with Brussels sprouts. Maple syrup adds a slight sweetness, and pecans give it a toasty crunch. —Angela LeMoine, Howell, NJ
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