25 Perfect for a Potluck Side Dishes

25 'Perfect for a Potluck' Side Dishes

  A great collection of the perfect potluck side dishes for your next party. Who is going to a potluck BBQ this holiday weekend?  If you are, we’ve got you covered and if you aren’t you are still going to want to try some of these 25 amazing potluck side dishes.  Perfect for a potluck or your dinner this week!   Balsamic Roasted Potato Salad from Your Homebased Mom Broccoli Salad from Your Homebased Mom Antipasto Tortellini Salad from Neighborfood Asian Broccoli Slaw with Pineapple from The Adventure Bite Bacon [Continue Reading…]

Maple Bacon Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onions


Growing up, I never remember sweet potatoes as part of our Thanksgiving dinner.  Not sure why,  maybe my parents didn’t like them.  But when I married and starting celebrating Thanksgiving with the Wilkes’ there were always sweet potatoes.  This recipe from Aunt Dawn Wilkes quickly became the family favorite.  No marshmallows but oh so good.  These were on our table this past Thanksgiving. This year we have really learned to love sweet potatoes at our house and sweet potatoes are not just for Thanksgiving.  I almost feel a little quilty [Continue Reading…]

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Pecans

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Pecans

Add Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Pecans to your holiday  menu.  You’ll be glad you did. Sometimes I just want to ask, “Brussels Sprouts, where have you been all my life?”  I am a late bloomer as far as brussels sprouts are concerned and can honestly say I only tasted my first brussels sprouts about a year ago.  I’ve had fun experimenting and cooking with them ever since. They are going to be the newest addition to our Thanksgiving menu this year replacing the traditional green beans.   We’ll see [Continue Reading…]

Tomato Basil Tart

Tomato Basil Tart

Today I’ve got another Recipe Redo for you – one of my favorite recipes I shared in the beginning days of my blog that is so good it deserves a little facelift. This recipe for Tomato Basil Tart is a  perfect dish for a brunch, luncheon or as a side dish for dinner.  You can combine it with a green salad and you have a meal. It is also a great dish for a picnic which is how I recently enjoyed it. This recipe came  from my mother who had attended a [Continue Reading…]

Mexican Cole Slaw

Mexican Cole Slaw

I have recently discovered the wonders and beauty of cole slaw. In fact, not only have I learned to enjoy it as a salad/side dish but I have also discovered the yumminess of topping my burger or pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw. I love the crisp texture of the cabbage and I also love how relatively easy it is to put together.  It especially makes a nice addition to a Mexican themed dinner when you add a little kick to it. This Mexican Cole Slaw also fits the pretty [Continue Reading…]

Balsamic Glazed Carrots

Balsamic Glazed Carrots

Dress up your carrots with Balsamic Glazed Carrots. Usually when I hit the produce section of the grocery store I head right to the green vegetables – broccoli, asparagus, green beans.  But earlier this week the green vegetables weren’t looking so hot.  The asparagus was too thick, the green beans were too shriveled and I just wasn’t in the mood for broccoli.  I needed a vegetable to take to a potluck dinner.  (The same one I took t his yummy cashew nut rice dish to.) So I headed over to [Continue Reading…]

Pecan Topped Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

  Over the next few days I am going to be sharing some of our favorite Thanksgiving menu items! We’ll be spending the holiday with the four kids and about 40 of Jim’s family in Utah.  We volunteered to host dinner.  Fortunately my lovely niece Emily (love that girl!)  is letting me use her house and kitchen!  I also have some amazing sister in laws and mother in law who have volunteered to help! Today’s recipe is one that was shared with me about 25 years ago by Jim’s Aunt [Continue Reading…]

The Best Baked Beans

The Best Baked Beans Ever - everyone loves them.

These truly are the best baked beans.  They are one of my most requested recipes at our neighborhood potlucks! As promised I am sharing my baked bean recipe that we served with our early Father’s Day dinner last week. This recipe came from my husband’s Aunt Dawn and has been a family favorite. One of the tricks of wonderful baked beans is baking them for a long time.  These beans bake for 3 hours so be sure and plan ahead. Baked beans are a frequent menu item at our house [Continue Reading…]

Mexican Rice


We eat a lot of Mexican food at our house. We love: Fabulous Fajitas Cafe Rio Pork Costa Vida Chicken Bajio Chicken Chile Salad We also eat a lot of rice at our house, especially with Mexican food.  One of my favorite rice recipes is for Lime Cilantro Rice. I also love the red rice you get in most Mexican restaurants.  The only problem is I haven’t been able to find a recipe for that type of rice that I really like.  I usually end up going to our local [Continue Reading…]