Cider Glazed Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

I know balsamic glazed brussel sprouts with bacon are the rage these days, but don’t you think the balsamic vinegar can take over the flavor of the sprouts at times?  I found this new recipe on the Kitchn blog, and modified it a bit, and have had these for dinner the past three nights.  I […]

Carrots and Green Beans with Chardonnay Sauce

I made this at both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners this year.  Pretty to look at and delicious to eat — make it in stages:  the day before cut, parboil, and shock veggies; the morning of your dinner, toast the breadcrumbs;  an hour before eating, make the sauce. 5 Tbs. unsalted butter 2 cups coarse fresh […]

Carrots with Pistachio Herb Butter

Five star carrots with great flavor! These are super easy to make ahead for a big dinner.  I made the compound butter the day before, and cooked the carrots in water early Thanksgiving morning.   Right as the kitchen got crazy with all the last minute dishes having to find room in the oven, I […]

Pan-Roasted Asparagus w/Pancetta, Leek and Pine Nuts

Truly — one of the most delicious asparagus dishes I’ve ever made — all my favorite flavors!   4 ounces pancetta, cut into 1/4 inch dice 1 tablespoon butter 1 pound asparagus, stalks trimmed and sliced into 2 inch pieces on the bias 1 1/4 cup leek, thinly sliced crosswise (white and pale green parts only) 2 cloves garlic, minced Zest […]

Carrots Glazed with Balsamic Vinegar and Butter

10 servings 1 stick butter 3 1/2 lbs peeled baby carrots or regular carrots, peeled, cut into 2″ pieces, halved lengthwise 6 T. sugar 1/3 c. balsamic vinegar 1/4 c. chopped fresh chives Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat.  Add carrots and saute 5 minutes.  Cover and cook until carrots are crsip-tender, […]

Fresh Corn and Nori Tempura Poppers

Dangin’ delicious! I don’t know what else to say. I mean, it’s fried corn and seaweed (kind of) with some heat from red pepper flakes, and it was just DANGIN’ DELICIOUS! I KNOW you’re gonna think this looks like a long recipe. WRONG — super fast to make!! So don’t be whining! The recipe is […]

Szechuan Green Beans

So delish!  I make these for dinner once a week (I know — boring!). 4 servings 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon dry sherry 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon corn starch 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 pound green […]

Roasted Potato Stacks with Thyme

Super easy, super pretty, super tasty! INGREDIENTS: 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 lb. Yukon gold potatoes Salt and pepper 2 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves METHOD: 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Make the garlic oil: combine the olive oil and garlic in a small saucepan and slowly warm […]

Asparagus and Cheese Tart

Adapted from Great Food Fast, a great little cookbook from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living. Try to find asparagus spears that are straight, and of uniform width. Makes one tart that serves 4-6 people for lunch, with a side salad or bowl of soup. 1 sheet frozen puff pastry 1-1/2 cups gruyere, Emmental or […]

Potatoes Boulangere

OK.  The first thing you need to know about these incredibly delicious potatoes is that they cook lonnnnng and slowwwwwww!  They take only 10 minutes to get ready for the oven, and TWO TO THREE HOURS once in the oven.  Don’t hurry them — the long wait is worth it.  They are unbelievably yummy! Ingredients […]