― It seems to me that side dishes often get treated like second-class citizens on the plate. I'm as guilty of it as anyone. Truth is, I like things like plain mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. ∙ But it doesn't always have to be that way. Sometimes you want to have a side dish that makes you sit up and take notice. Something with color and flavor and a little bit of something that's ... different. ∙ I know potatoes are the great American starch, but I love rice. I love plain white [...].