Side Dishes

Fresh Pumpkin Puree – How to Make this Fall Staple

Fresh pumpkin puree

Pumpkin puree is a staple in Halloween and Thanksgiving cooking. From pancakes to smoothies, to fudge and cookies, this creamy part of the pumpkin adds an earthy flavor to all your fall recipes.  You can buy it at the supermarket, of course, but here is one of my latest cooking tips – make your own fresh…

Amish Food is the Epitome of Real Home Style Cooking

Amish family

The Amish people are found in the United States in several rural areas, but primarily around Ohio and Pennsylvania, and also in smaller numbers in Ontario, Canada. Lancaster, Pennsylvania is home to about 16,000 Amish people and is in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch area. Traditional Amish food is very simple and something that…

How To Use Caramelized Onions

Using caramelized onions in burgers makes them taste amazing

One of my favorite ways to cook onions is to caramelize them to release a lovely sweet flavor and brown color.  It takes time but is so worth the effort.  Now that you have a pile of these tasty morsels, what do you do with them? Here are a few of my favorite ways for…

How To Caramelize Onions – Tips for Success Every Time

How to Caramelized onions

Learning how to caramelize onions is a kitchen task that any cook should be able to do.  Caramelized onions taste great on so many foods, but can be a little tricky to master. These cooking tips will help you make perfect caramelized onions every time. There is nothing quite like the taste of caramelized onions.  Most…

How to Make Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

sweet potato fries in a cone with sauce

I love French fries as much as the next person, but when you are trying to eat a more clean diet, normal French fries are a bit of a no no.  Instead, try making these baked crispy sweet potato fries. They are more healthy, more tasty and very easy to do if you follow a few…

Sauteed Mushrooms with Spinach and Garlic

Sauteed mushrooms recipe

I have to admit it – I am a mushroom girl. I’ll eat with eggs for breakfast, in a salad for lunch and incorporated into main courses for dinner and I am proud of it!  These sauteed mushrooms are combined with garlic and baby spinach. They are ready in 15 minutes and go well with just…

Cucumber Melon Salad – Refreshing Summer Treat

Refreshing cucumber melon salad

When summer hits and the temperatures rise, the last thing I want to be doing is cooking in a hot kitchen.  \For me, summer time means lots of different salads.  They are refreshing and light and make use of the plentiful fruits and veggies that are in season in the summer.  This delicious cucumber melon…

Grilled Pork with Mango Salsa

Grilled Pork with mango salsa

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AllNaturalPork #CollectiveBias It’s time for some grilled pork with mango salsa! We love to grill at our house.  My husband is a wonderful grill master, and everything he puts on the grill comes out beautifully.  It’s up to me…

Skinny Cauliflower Mexican Rice

skinny cauliflower Mexican rice

We love Mexican meals and the normal version of Mexican rice, but there is no denying that it can be a calorie heavy dish. This skinny cauliflower Mexican rice makes the perfect recipe substitute for the times when you are trying to keep your calorie count lower in your meal planning. It is one of my…

Most Popular recipes of 2015- My Top 10 Picks

Top 10 Most Popular recipes. These 10 recipes and party tip posts are the most popular ones at Recipes Just 4u in 2015

These are the top 10 most popular recipes of 2015 here at Recipes Just 4U. My list of most popular recipes for the past year sometimes brings me surprises.  It is humbling to find that my all time favorite recipe that will be sure to be a huge hit,  is not one that my readers also…

Quick and Easy Side Dishes

side dishes

Jazz up Your meals with one of these Quick and Easy Side Dishes. Before we know it, the holidays will be upon us.  Each year, I am amazed at how quickly the end of the year holidays roll around.  The holidays mean lots of entertaining and having delicious side dishes are one way to make…

25 Tips for Using Lemons

tips for using lemons

20 Creative Tips for Using Lemons. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, or so goes the saying.  But think again! There are lots of other ways for using lemons in your everyday life.  For a start, lemons are a great kitchen helper.  So, get out the citrus and see how you can put them…

20+ Best Bacon Recipes

Treat your Family to One of my favorite Bacon Recipes Everything goes better with bacon, so the saying goes. Did you know that bacon has its own special day? It is celebrated on the Saturday before Labor Day in the US.  There are also some who think of international bacon day as December 30.   Whichever…

25 Delicious Ways to Use Zucchini and Summer Squash

25 ways to use zucchini and summer squash

25 Ways to use Zucchini What is not to love about zucchini? It is a super easy to grow vegetable, especially for beginning gardeners, is prolific, is low in calories and tastes great. But by the end of the growing season, you are likely to have bucket loads of it and the neighbors will be…

10 Ways with Oranges – Orange Recipes

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Oranges are the star attraction in these delicious recipes. From delicious smoothies to decadent desserts, these recipes that feature oranges will add a refreshing touch to your dinner table. Oranges are so sweet and lend themselves to all sorts of recipes ideas.  And they are quite plentiful for the spring and summer months.  This popular…

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus – Perfect side dish or appetizer

bacon wrapped asaparagus

If you are having a party, recipes for easy appetizers are something that you will want to have on hand as go-to recipes. This easy bacon wrapped asparagus recipe makes a great party starter and is also a great side dish for any regular meal.    This Bacon Wrapped Asparagus is the Perfect Side Dish Asparagus…

20+ Easy Gluten Free recipes

20+ of my Favorite Gluten Free Recipes

Tempt Your Taste buds with these Gluten Free Recipes. Over the last few years, our awareness of some of the problems with foods which contain gluten has risen sharply.  Many readers, for health reasons, or sometimes to lose weight have tried to cut gluten from their diets.  This collection of Gluten free recipes should be…

Homemade Pear Preserves with Crystallized Ginger

Pear preserves with Crystallized ginger

This recipe for homemade pear preserves with crystallized ginger is easy to do (other than the canning part of course) and tastes delicious.  The simplicity of the preserves is just a small benefit.  The star of the recipe is the delicious taste of the pears, accented with the crystallized ginger with sugar and lemon.  To…

Citrus Salad with Chicken and Walnuts

Citrus Salad with Chicken and Walnuts

I came home from the grocery store yesterday with a huge bag of grapefruit instead of the oranges I thought I was buying.  I do like grapefruit but at 1/2 a fruit in the morning, these babies will take a long time to disappear.  This Citrus salad with chicken and walnuts uses them beautifully, and…

Creamy & Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

Creamy and Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

There is nothing quite like the taste of perfectly cooked, creamy mashed potatoes. They are the ultimate comfort food.   They are light and fluffy and make the perfect side dish for any meal.   Making a great mashed potato dish takes a bit of skill to get the texture just right but is worth the…

Roasted Root Veggies with Maple Cinnamon

Roasted Root Vegetables with Maple Cinnamon

These roasted root vegetables use maple syrup and orange juice as well as cinnamon and ground cloves to give the dish a wonderful level of taste. I love to roast vegetables. Cooking them in the oven brings out their natural sweetness and adds a lovely flavor to them.  For another way to roast veggies, see…

Ziti Pasta with Asparagus & Mushrooms

Ziti Pasta with Mushrooms & Asparagus

Printable Recipe:  Ziti Pasta with Asparagus and Mushrooms My daughter visited for the Christmas holidays this year and she is a vegan. We were planning on having ham for Christmas dinner, and she could not eat this, so I wanted some tasty side dishes that she could enjoy.   This recipe for Ziti Pasta with Asparagus…

Brown Sugar Baked Pineapple Rings

Brown Sugar Glazed Pineapple rings.

Brown Sugar Baked Pineapple Rings This recipe for baked pineapple rings could not be easier to make. But don’t let the ease of the recipe fool you. The pineapple ends up moist and delicious and with a great brown sugar taste that can’t be beat. To make the recipe, you will need just two things…

Cream Cheese Appetizers with Tomato & spring onion

Tomato and spring onion crudites

These cream cheese appetizers with Tomato and spring onion were another big hit at my Christmas party this year. What I liked best easy appetizers like these, is that the mixture kept its consistency well and did not make the crackers soggy, so they could be made a little ahead of time.  The taste is…