Apple Cider Glazed Brussel Sprouts with Bacon (of course)

I only became a brussel sprouts fanatic about 5 or 6 years ago — and I’m busy making up for lost time.   Here’s one of my favorite ways to make these — ADDICTIVE!! INGREDIENTS 1 pound thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces 3 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved through the stem 3 tablespoons olive oil […]

Absurdly Addictive Asparagus

‘Tis the season–asparagus season!  And if you’re through gently steaming or stir frying  your farmer’s market purchase, TRY THIS!  Making it again today! 4ounces pancetta, cut into 1/4 inch dice 1 tablespoon butter 1 pound asparagus, woody ends trimmed and sliced into 2 inch pieces on the bias 1  1/4 cups leek, thinly sliced crosswise (white and pale […]

Green Bean Salad with Feta and Almonds

Green beans are in season, and this is such a  yummy summer salad — I’ve eaten three days in a row! INGREDIENTS ⅓ cup sliced almonds 1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 2 to 3” long pieces ¼ cup water ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, divided 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon […]

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 […]