It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.
Here we are again, the holidays… gastronomy’s ultimate do over time of the year. Everyone’s getting fired up about brining birds, smoking hogs, roasting vegetables, buttering breads and sampling sweets. But it’s the same old tired stuff as last year… and the year before that. So you might be asking the question “What can I do to change it up a bit…add some sass to the meal without everyone screaming foul?” How about making a few changes to your side dishes. Here are two easy-to-make dishes that will add unique yet familiar flavors to the holiday meal.