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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

“Eat your vegetables.”

Those words get such a bad rap.  I’d like you to let go, right now, of the nasal, nagging tone you associate with this phrase.  Imagine instead, if you will, the swelling of a great horn section, Rockettes high-kicking, and this ecstatic song:

“Eat your vegetables!”

Isn’t that better?  Hopefully it will be just as easy for you to part with any lukewarm thoughts you’ve ever had about Brussels Sprouts.  Because once you’ve roasted them, you’ll never want them any other way.  (Well, except maybe raw in this awesome salad.)  Roasting does this special thing to Brussels sprouts where the outer leaves get crisp and salty and the inside becomes sweet and nutty, and all it takes to reach Brussels sprout perfection is is one simple secret….

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What’s Cooking: October 2012, Week 2

I’ll give you a clue about what’s cooking around here….But first, this: I was just reading about October Unprocessed, a project that has inspired literally thousands of people to take a pledge to eat only unprocessed foods during the month of October.  I’d say I’m an avid home cook, but reading about this made me reflect on what it would mean for our family to take that pledge.  No Os cereal for the baby.  No granola bars for the kids on the go.  No MSG-laced almonds at happy hour.  (I don’t know if they really have MSG.  But probably.)  It would be kind of a big deal.  Have any of you taken the pledge?  Do you think you could?

And hey, what’s cooking in your kitchen this week?  Please feel free to leave your seasonal favorites and links in the comments! Here’s the weekly glimpse into my kitchen.

In the Kitchen

Menu 1:  Tune in to the Virtual Vegan Potluck on November 1 for a rich and creamy (vegan) roasted celery soup.  We had it with homemade beer bread and cabbage and apple salad.Menu 2: J grilled sardines for maybe our favorite sandwich of all time: crusty bread, swipe of mayo, generous smear of dijon mustard, crunchy lettuce, grilled sardines.  Try it.  We had them with a cooked-greens salad and a beet-and-orange salad.  (There I go again with the many-salads thing.  So decadent!)

Menu 3: We made a tomatillo pizza with cilantro pesto (recipe soon!) and had it with a roasted carrot and avocado salad.Preserving

Today I canned 26 pints of applesauce (which meant four loads in the canner; maybe I’ll do quarts next year) and started a gallon of sauerkraut.  Someone remind me to check it in a few weeks, please!I also dried the leaves from a bunch of celery and made a kind-of-amazing homemade celery salt.  So far it’s gone on soup and buttered bread, and I can’t wait to sprinkle it on deviled eggs.  What else should I do with it?

On My Plate

How many apples are in a bushel?  I think I’ve still got at least that many in the basement.  What are your favorite or most unique things to do with apples?

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Epicurean Ramblings made our favorite Healthy Cookies.

Blue Kale Road made chickpeas from scratch and used the broth in a gorgeous-looking Kale and Polenta Stew.  I can’t wait to try it.  (I also want to make most of the other recipes on that site, and I’ve loved the ones I’ve tried.  Check it out.)

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Roasted Rainbow Carrots

And then today, suddenly, it was unmistakeably fall.

The leaves turned overnight, reds and bright yellows and flame orange.  The temperature dropped ten degrees.  The morning started grey before the autumn sun came flooding through the clouds.  And then there was the smell of the apples.

A day like today is a good day to turn on the oven.  And many more such days are coming.  I turned on the oven.  I roasted a bunch of carrots.  This is an impressive way to treat rainbow carrots, although of course you can use the plain orange variety too.  Roasting concentrates the carrots’ sweetness, and if you time it right the tops and tails will crisp up nicely.  Continue reading

Savoy Cabbage Salad with Apples and Walnuts

Today J picked the apples from our three backyard trees.  It’s been a good year for the apples, and box after box came inside.  Red, crisp, sweet.  Hundreds of apples.  The big girls posed proudly for a photo in front of the pile.  The baby held an apple in each hand and seriously applied herself to the task of trading off bites.

Our plan to make applesauce all day went out the window, the boxes went to the cool basement, and now every time I go downstairs the sweet smell of fall wraps around me.  One day soon we’ll be making a year’s worth of applesauce, but today we settled for a enjoying just a taste of the season’s bounty in our salad. Continue reading

My Favorite Recipes: September 2012

Have you entered the Food in Jars Cookbook giveaway yet?  Do it now.  It’s not just for canning enthusiasts, although it might turn you into one.

Welcome to Emmy Cooks!  You can see more of my favorite recent recipes by clicking the “My Favorite Recipes” category on the sidebar (here are June, July, and August).  If you like what you see here, you can sign up on the sidebar to receive a daily recipe by email, add the RSS feed to your own reader, or follow Emmy Cooks on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

At the end of each month, J and I separately choose our top five Emmy Cooks recipes of the month and then we compare notes.  Usually a bit of discussion goes into the final selection, and occasionally even dissent (like when we couldn’t agree on the best chocolate cookies of the month).  But this month, we picked the exact same five.  Here you go.

  Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad
  Baked Fish with Thai Basil and Peppers
  Grilled Broccoli
  Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums
  Sweet and Spicy Tomato Jam
  And the Readers’ Favorite: Healthy Cookies

Thank you for reading and cooking along!

Saffron Peach Jam

Welcome to Emmy Cooks!  You can see some of my favorite recent recipes by clicking the “My Favorite Recipes” category on the sidebar (here are June, July, and August).  If you like what you see here, you can sign up on the sidebar to receive a daily recipe by email, add the RSS feed to your own reader, or follow Emmy Cooks on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

By this time of year, our shelves are well-stocked with jam.  We’ve been making it all summer: Strawberry, raspberry, blueberry.  Rhubarb, cherry, three kinds of plum.  We eat plenty of jam–on yogurt and oatmeal, in sandwiches, with fancy cheese–and still, we will make it through the winter.  We have plenty of jam.

But it’s hard to stop.  And really, can there be too much jam?  Extra jars make welcome gifts, and I never seem to find myself with much left over when summer rolls around again.So I was happy to spend a day in the kitchen with a box of organic peaches last week.  They arrived on my doorstep courtesy of the Washington State Fruit Commission (full dislosure: the peaches were given to me at no charge, but the opinion that peaches are great is entirely my own).  We ate one after another after another.  And then it was time to make more jam.

I asked you for your peach preserving ideas.  I browsed the Sweet Preservation website.  I flipped through Mes Confitures.  I couldn’t decide.  So I made some of everything.  I made a sweet, chunky peach jam with a vanilla bean scraped in.  I made a tangy peach chutney with a lot of grated fresh ginger.  And, at Hannah’s suggestion, I made this Saffron Peach Jam.

It’s based on a recipe from The Preservation Kitchen, but it’s a good deal sweeter than the version in the book.  Some people say that saffron tastes spicy, or purfumey, or that it tastes like the sea.  Here it simply provides an earthy, savory counterpoint to the sweetness of the peaches, subtle enough that my six year old loved the jam but intriguing enough that I have gone about my days plotting uses for it.  I’m going to spoon it onto rice pudding and ricotta-topped toast.  I’m going to layer it into my next frittata sandwich in place of the tomato jam.  I’m going to serve it on a cheese plate.  But meanwhile, it’s just been going straight on toast.

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Peach and Ricotta Crostini with Basil

Have you entered the Food in Jars Cookbook giveaway yet?  Do it now.  It’s not just for canning enthusiasts, although it might turn you into one.

The entire point of today’s post is to entice you to run out to the farmers market and scoop up a final case of late-September peaches.  Are you convinced?  Because this weekend we are making jam, probably for the last time this summer.  Saffron Peach Jam.  Yes, it’s as intriguing as it sounds.  Yes, you will want to cook along.  And yes, a side benefit of having peaches in the house is that you can eat them on ricotta-slathered toast for breakfast. Continue reading