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Maque Choux

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This traditional Native American corn recipe is very popular in Cajun country. Get this quick and easy vegetable recipe from Short Order Mom here.

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Red Beans and Rice

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This thick and hearty stew-like dish is Cajun cooking at its finest. Get the recipe for this Louisiana favorite from Short Order Mom here.

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Sauteed Mushrooms

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This recipe for sautéed mushrooms can be served on its own, as a side, or over beautifully sautéed chicken, as the two flavors complement each other well. Adapt it as you will: add small amounts of chopped herbs (rosemary, say, or tarragon) or add lemon juice and capers to the pan sauce to make a version of a piccata (we make it this way a lot at home).

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Squash Packets

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Here is a recipe that might be useful even if you're not camping -- Squash Packets, which we like to call "hobo packets", and they make a fine accompaniment to Fish Wrapped In Foil. Try other vegetables, if you like, and consider adding whatever seasoning strikes your fancy, such as sliced onions, chopped tomatoes, or spices.

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Roasted Butternut Squash

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Everything about this dish says fall -- the sweet earthy flavor, the rich fragrance and the bright orange hue. Roasted butternut squash makes a wonderful side dish on its own, or it can be tossed into beef or vegetarian chili, pureed into soup, or stuffed into raviolis. It's a quick dish to throw together and is even faster when you buy a package of it already cleaned, peeled and cubed (look in the refrigerated produce section at the grocery store).

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Green Beans with Mushrooms and Shallots

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This is such an easy, yet elegant side dish that could compliment anything from a turkey dinner to a standing rib roast. I always set aside some beans, before they are tossed with the mushroom mixture, for the picky eaters in my family, but most kids do love the rich flavor of the mushrooms and shallots. Each part can be made ahead and refrigerated separately to help speed up meal preparation.

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad

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Roasting brings out the incredible sweetness of the vegetables in this dish. Get Catherine Newman's delicious recipe here.

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Savory Potato Frittata

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This hearty, delicious potato dish is perfect for breakfasts, brunches or just about any time! Super easy to make, kids and adults both will love it. Get Cat Cora's terrific recipe here.

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Farfalle and Herb Salad with Peas

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This fresh, healthy pasta salad is super fast and easy to assemble and a delicious side, potluck dish, or meal in itself. Get Cat Cora's terrific recipe here.

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Leek and Spring Onion Tartlets

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These yummy mini onion tarts are savory, succulent and the perfect appetizer or potluck treat. Get Cat Cora's terrific recipe here.

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