Almond brown butter Brussels sprouts – a New Years introduction

This is a family Thanksgiving classic that my aunt used to serve to “introduce” us to Brussels sprouts. It worked. They are still a favorite vegetable of mine. Butter doesn’t have a whole lot of room for improvement, but browning it really does launch it to the next level. Then you add almond slices to…

Fall pesto with sage and hazelnuts

Craving a pesto to go with your fall vegetables? The combination of sage and hazelnut is a winner. Easy to make and big on flavor. Use 1 cup fresh sage leaves, 1/4 cup hazelnuts, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, 2 cloves of garlic and 1/3 cup of oil. This makes about 1-2 cups of pesto. Use…

Whole roasted romanesco

Romanesco is a showstopper. It’s an architectural wonder vegetable offering the best of both broccoli and cauliflower. Often I prepare it in a similar manner to those vegetables, but serving it like this puts its best features on display. This is easy enough to make. Preheat the oven to 425. Remove stems and leaves from…

Coconut curry soup

I saved a bit of the basil I bought for pesto to treat myself with a warming coconut curry soup. The aromatic combination of curry, ginger, lemongrass, garlic and fresh herbs was splendid for the cold I’ve been fighting. The soup is a bit complicated to make with so many flavors and toppings, but it’s…

Pesto and its many wonderful uses

Basil pesto doesn’t exactly scream out fall, but oddly, I still have a ton of garden fresh tomatoes. They were once green and have ripened on the counter. I haven’t had much use for them, so I thought why not splurge on a summer favorite to use the rest. Pesto is a decadent mix of…

Pumpkin seeds

I’m a big fan of salty crunchy things so I never miss a chance to make this more healthy option. Very crunchy, but with good fiber and micronutrients. These are from my Halloween pumpkin, but this method is great for the seeds from any winter squash – butternut, acorn, spaghetti, delicata all have edible seeds….

Roast chicken: fall comfort food at its best

Once the weather turns colder and darker – or maybe it’s just the perfect meal for football season – I get motivated to roast a chicken every week. I love trying new herbs and flavorings. Plus having leftover roast chicken for soups, salads, and whatnot is invaluable for quick meals. And then of course, it’s…

Red pepper sauce

An easy satisfying vegetable sauce to brighten chicken, fish or bowls. Shown here with chicken and sautéed kale, this sauce is a snap to make and will keep for a few days. Long enough for you to try it on a few things or add it to your soup. To make it, preheat your oven…

Sorrel

Sorrel is a perennial herb/vegetable, that’s rather like a lemony spinach. It’s good in salad and the French often use it in sauces or soup. I love to eat it in the spring when it seems to go with everything, especially salmon. I seem to have forgotten all about my plant all summer long. It…

Duck Confit

This is more of a secret ingredient post. Duck Confit is a classic winter preservation method used in France and the French have perfected the storage of it with canning. I never dreamed I would be recommending a canned product to people, but not only is it fantastic alone, it’s stored in duck fat, which…