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Not s-ing around, here

There’s no better way to start off a weekend than with a warm, satisfying, bacon-flecked dish of Brussels sprouts. Seriously. Like many, I grew up fearful of this little green orb because of the horror stories of my mom’s childhood. Back in the day, these were served mushy and boiled. Now they’re the supposedly the trendiest vegetable out there. Most food blogs I read have at least one BS recipe, but my first exposure was on Orangette. And let me tell you, that woman is obsessed with the sprout. If you don’t take my word for it, take Molly’s.

How would I describe the BS? It’s cabbage-y, crunchy yet tender. Best when roasted or sauteed; I’m hesitant to try it boiled or blanched (associations with mushiness). It begs to be paired with something flavorful, like balsamic vinegar or caramelized onions, which was a favorite dish of last winter. This winter, I’ve upgraded to bacon. It’s salty, chewy, familiar, and fills your house with that wonderful aroma. “There’s only one thing that smells like bacon, and that’s BACON!” 



Nothing says lovin’

I am done with summer. Sorry, friends-who-love-summer. I enjoy a cold drink outside, a wade in the lake, the warmth and fresh air of June. But July and August are a bit too steamy for me. Even though we’re having a slight warm spell here in Minnesota, with temps in the lower 80s and such, I couldn’t wait to turn on the oven and bake. Sweet potato fries. In our house, root vegetables are indispensable during the fall and winter months. And according to my calendar, September means fall.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Adapted from a bunch of sources but mostly trial and error

Large sweet potato or yam (size of two fists will feed two)
1-2 Tbsp. Olive Oil or vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg or 1 tsp. curry powder (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. High heat is essential for crispy fries.

Peel the sweet potato with a veggie peeler. Remove most of the blemishes. Microwave for 2-4 mins, until you hear a little squeal. Careful, it will be hot.

Slice into thin circles or french fries. Toss with olive oil in a bowl and spread on a cookie sheet. Season with spice of choice, salt, and pepper. I like a lot of salt.

Bake for 25-35 mins, flipping halfway. Serve with ketchup, mayo, or any other dipping sauce that appeals to you.

Lovin' from the oven

Lovin' from the oven