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Side Dishes

Side Dishes

Baked Sweet Potatoes

How could something so simple be so good? And easy to prepare! And nutritious! I bake enough to have one or two left over, unpeeled. Even at room temp, just slice one open, scoop out the good stuff with a spoon, and enjoy with a glass of milk.

Baked Sweet Potatoes
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Pickled Beets

Here is some genuine down-home cooking nostalgia -- a tangy accent that is almost an essential part of any respectable meat-and-three throw-down. And pickled beets are another of those "refrigerator" dishes that just get better after a few days in the fridge.

Pickles Beets
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Cucumbers and Onions

Cucumbers & onions marinated in sweet-salty vinegar may be an acquired taste, but once it is acquired the taste is memorably good. This makes a wonderful side dish to go with traditional summertime meals, but I believe it's too good to limit to the summer.

Cucumbers & Onions
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Cole Slaw (Creamy)

Cole slaw almost has no independent identity, unfortunately; people only think of it as a nice accompaniment, second-fiddle to some star attraction like barbecue. But just give me a tangy cole slaw, a bunch of saltines, some sweet tea, and I'm good to go.

Cole Slaw
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Turnip Greens

In the soul-food world, turnip greens are iconic (as are collards), loved by nearly all who appreciate the foodways of African-Americans. And with this recipe, the "pot likker" is one of the most sumptuous, soul-satisfying parts of the experience.

Turnip Greens
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Talk about a versatile and widely enjoyed side dish! Roasted sweet potatoes are a guaranteed guest-pleaser. And since you can go in the direction of either sweet or savory, they match up well with almost anything else you plan to put on the table.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
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Green Beans (Southern-Style)

There is a widespread myth that Southerners boil or seethe their green beans so long that they turn into mush. But any good Southern cook knows that too much water or too much heat will prevent the beans from reaching their maximum flavor and texture.

Green Beans
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Pinto Beans

Pinto (as well as other dried beans) are a marvelous comfort food, and they're also extremely nutritious. There may be no other food that comes closer to being a complete source of nutrition. In fact, some cultures in the world live on beans like these, with little else to eat.

Pinto Beans