Has anyone else noticed how brussels sprouts are the new “it” veggie? Pioneer woman has blogged about them and served them at her Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, (I know about that because she invited me to both. I’m part of the family now…in my head.) they are popping up on the Food Network and swank restaurants are serving them. I say it’s about time. Brussels sprouts have gotten a bad rap for a long time and I think their little feelings are hurt. Let’s give them some love.
This week I decided to try sweetening them up and the result was amazing. Dear Husband is still not a fan of them (despite their growing popularity) but he admitted that this recipe made them appetizing. However, I will be honest…my boys would not eat them. Addison ate a quarter of one but took about 5 minutes to chew it up and drank an entire glass of milk to get it down. He still hasn’t figured out that the faster you chew and swallow something the faster the horribleness of it will be over. Harry just sat there with this mouth open and the sprout on his tongue until I conceded and let him spit it out. I, on the other hand, gobbled them all up.
Who knows, maybe your kids will be more receptive than mine were.
1 lb. brussels sprouts, washed and cut in half
1 tsp. coarse salt
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup brown sugar
Heat oven to 450. Arrange brussels sprouts on a foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over sprouts, sprinkle with salt, pepper and brown sugar. Note: all those measurements are approximate as I hardly ever use measuring spoons for something like this. Just do your best and eyeball it.
Roast in oven for about 20 minutes, tossing once after about 15 minutes. Sprouts should be tender and some of the leaves have a little char to them. Serve immediately.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on February 19, 2013
Let me introduce you to my new best friend…
A few weeks ago I used this mix to make apple crisp. It was a revelation. Dear Husband and I wolfed it down. Addison not so much. He has this affliction that prevents him from enjoying any sort of food that tastes good. He would do very well in a 17th century prison in France where all they got was dry bread and water. It’s practically his favorite meal.
Last night I made a desperate attempt to get some sort of vegetable into my kids. My theory was that if you put enough butter and sugar on anything, kids will eat it.
Apple & Squash Crisp was born.
Peal and chop into bite size pieces one acorn squash and two apples. Place in a 8×8 baking dish.
The directions on the package call for 4 Tbs. of butter. Trust me right now when I say that is not enough. One stick of butter will do nicely.
Because squash does not have as much moisture as apples you need to add a couple of tablespoons or so of water to the apples and squash. Because I wanted to make sure there was ample sweetness I decided to add a generous drizzle of caramel sauce.
Melt butter and combine with mix. Pour on top of apples and squash, cover with foil and bake at 375 for 30 to 40 minutes.
Dear Husband, Harry and I enjoyed this very much. Addison on the other hand was in tears. I made the mistake of telling him to eat his super sweet squash. All he heard was squash. I should have told him that it was an apple from the poo-poo tree on the planet Fart. He did, however, manage to choke down a bite of apple and a bite of squash. Dear Husband is a master at distraction and before he knew it he had been tricked into chewing and swallowing. Thank God for my dear Dear Husband and his dinner time patience. If it weren’t for him this child would have starved by now.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on March 2, 2012
I love Halloween…I love dressing my kids up and I love dressing myself up. Last weekend was a “mommy night out” Halloween party. Costumes were not required but I’m not one to turn down a costume challenge. I had recently been gifted a collection of ladies gloves (the kind you see ladies in Mad Men wearing to and from the grocery store and bridge club) and as I dug through the box and wondered what the heck I’m supposed to do with them I had a Halloween inspiration…
Is this a young girl in 1962 waiting for her prom date?
No, it’s me…2011…waiting for my mommy-night-out Halloween party ride.
I’ve owned this Jessica McClintock dress since 1993. I wore it to the prom when I was a Jr. in high school. My date’s name was Keith. Please don’t hate me that I can still wear it.
Now for the Almond Spice Goat Cheese…
I brought this tasty cheese and cracker treat to the Halloween party.
3 oz. or 6 oz. log of plain goat cheese
On a piece of wax paper or parchment paper, sprinkle a generous amount of Garam Masala. Roll the goat cheese in the spice until well coated. Transfer to a serving plate. Drizzle with honey then sprinkle with almonds. Serve with water crackers. So easy and so yummy.
If you like deviled eggs check out my friend at Go Mommy Go for her spooky recipe for Deviled Egg Eye Balls
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on October 18, 2011