Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Avocado & Pecans

by Lynne on November 15, 2014

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As Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, I am finalizing my chosen side dishes and making my shopping list. I decided on this brussels sprouts dish, because I thought it would be a nice color contrast to the Roasted Carrots & Parsnips I will also be serving. I discovered this dish in a Food & Wine magazine from March 2013 in a write-up of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s recipes that have appeared in F&W through the years. I am always trying to find a brussels sprouts recipe that I really like, as sprouts aren’t my favorite, although everyone else seems to love them. But this recipe is good, good, good.

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Those crispy dark brown edges on the roasted sprouts are just the best, aren’t they? Crunchy toasted pecans. Soft buttery avocado. Sweet rich balsamic vinegar. Olive oil and the herbal note of minced thyme. This dish has everything. My in-house taste tester thought it was sublime.

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The brussels sprouts are blanched before roasting to retain their nice green color. I was so happy with the way they caramelized on the bottom side. Really great for presentation. I am looking at these photos as I write, and I wish I had a bowl of this stuff in front of me right now. A big bowl. And a fork. All for me.

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Roasted Carrots & Parsnips

by Lynne on November 7, 2014

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Thanksgiving is almost here! Thanksgiving is almost here! Yeaaaaa! If you’re like me, this is your most favorite meal of the year. That may be intensified by the fact that we only eat it once a year, and the build-up and anticipation add to its wonder and perfection. For me, I could go with just the turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberries and be totally satisfied. But convention insists we have side dishes like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and whatever your regional specialty is. I admit, I always make mashed potatoes, as another vehicle for the gravy. Oooh, the gravy. Yum.

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Have you ever eaten an extremely satisfying meal, feel totally full and replete, and then get hit with a unrelenting need for something sweet. It just hits you. You prowl around your house looking for the little Snickers bar or Snickerdoodle. Anything to satisfy your junkie craving. You may have to resort to a spoonful [...]

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I went to my first cooking class taught by Chef Mary Ellen Rae in April of 2010. My photos of her delicious recipes have been pinned and stumbled thousands of times, especially the Chicken, Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Wrapped in Filo. So when Chef Mary Ellen recently invited me to a class she was teaching, [...]

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I am a cooking class junky. I love going to cooking classes. So imagine my happiness when I was recently invited to the Main Dish Salads Cooking Class by Patricia Rose of Fresh Food in a Flash. Her classes are hands-on and it is so fun to watch her students preparing her recipes, cutting and [...]

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