Category: Side Dishes

Sweet Potato Gratin

Sweet potatoes have a long history in the Smith family, going back as far as my grandfather, Pa Smith, who would plant them in organized rows where the vines would leaf out and bloom their beautiful morning glory-type flowers (trivia item: sweet potatoes are actually in the morning glory plant family, Ipomoea).

Once they had been harvested, stored, and cured, my family would enjoy them throughout the fall and winter. They would boil, bake, soufflé, and sauté their way through a variety of sweet and savory recipes that never failed to delight.  If a guest was not a sweet potato fan at the beginning of the meal, they would be by the end.

Let me share with you one of my favorite sweet potato recipes that you can try at a holiday meal. If you wanted to work one into a weekday meal, even better.



golden rice pilaf

Golden Rice Pilaf

There are some dishes that are just so reliable that I find myself serving them over and over again. This golden rice pilaf has always been a hit with my guests, and I can’t get enough of the wonderful aroma that it fills the room with. I like to use golden rice from Ralston Family Farms in this dish. Check out their website to learn more about their artisanal and sustainable rice products!

cranberry pecan rice salad recipe

Cranberry Pecan Rice Salad

Any dish is better with rice, especially around the holidays. When I prepare this dish, I love using Ralston Family Farms rice! Being able to follow this grain from their farm to my fork is one of the many reasons I love Ralston rice! Since Ralston Family Farms is located along the Arkansas River, it allows them to work in environmentally friendly ways during the growing season! Whipping up this recipe is so quick and easy! This dish is great for all my holiday guests, and it’s tasty, too!

Mango Cilantro Rice

Mango Cilantro Rice

Siva and Indu Soora gave me this recipe for Mango Cilantro Rice. Many of the ingredients such as green chilies and turmeric have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making this dish good for you as well as good tasting. Indu says you can purchase all the ingredients at an Indian grocery store.

Glazed Turnips

If you want to serve turnips as a side dish this recipe from Chef Regina Charboneau is an incredibly simple and delicious way to prepare them. The key to this recipe is a cast iron skillet.