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Thursday

21

November 2019

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Roasted Brussels and Bacon

Written by , Posted in Dairy-Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Holiday, Main Dishes, Meat, Pork, Quick and Easy, Roasting, Sides, Vegetables, Vegetarian

As I park the brussels in the oven, my mind goes to what I can do while they cook. I could start the laundry, do the dishes, plan next week’s Thanksgiving table decor… Dishes first. Then laundry. Then some quick pics of the dish before it inevitably becomes my lunch. Such is the life of a food writer who works from home. I’m constantly torn between the work and home to-do lists.

I can’t imagine that this is uncommon, for those who work from home. I have a dedicated office space. But, it’s in our house. So, I will hear the washer stop washing and know it’s time to change the load. I will see the full dishwasher and empty it.

This isn’t a complaint. I love working from home. I just need to be better at prioritizing work during work time, and home stuff during home time. I’m getting there. Slowly.

This dish is a mish mash of work and home. It may end up on our Thanksgiving table. But, I wanted to share it here in case you need some help with your menu. It’ll be great alongside the turkey and stuffing. But, it will also make a great, easy weeknight dinner. I might serve it alongside some polenta, or with a big salad and some cornbread.

If you’re gonna make it for Thanksgiving, it may be the easiest Thanksgiving side dish. Ever. Unless you’re a can of cranberry sauce lover. Are you? I’m not, but I’ll eat it gladly if it’s served to me.

I tossed some halved brussels sprouts with oil and salt. Then I added some chopped bacon. Optional, but delicious. If you don’t eat bacon, you could throw in some tempeh bacon at the end.

My brussles were a little old. Read: farty smelling. Opt for the freshest brussels possible.

I roasted them on high heat for a bit, then tossed them with some balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and garlic.

After their tossing, they roasted for a bit longer. Then, done. I added a bit more balsamic, some spicy pepitas, and a bit of Maldon salt. It made for an easy, sweet and savory dish.

Happy Eating!

Roasted Brussels and Bacon

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, halved
  • 1 tablespoon oil (I used grapeseed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 strips bacon, chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • topping: more balsamic vinegar, Maldon salt, spicy pepitas

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Toss the brussels sprouts with the oil and salt. Lay them cut-side down on a baking sheet and sprinkle the bacon around the pan. Roast until they’re beginning to brown, about 15 minutes.
  3. Whisk the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and garlic. Pour over the brussels sprouts and toss so they’re evenly coated and spaced out. Return to the oven and bake until sprouts and bacon are crispy, about 10 minutes more.
  4. Serve topped with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, a sprinkle of Maldon salt, and some spicy pepitas.

Friday

27

November 2015

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Potato Pancakes

Written by , Posted in Appetizers, Breakfast, Brunch, Cheese, Condiments, Dinner, Eggs, Gluten Free, Herbs, Holiday, Kid-Friendly, Leftovers, Lunch, Main Dishes, One Dish Dinners, Potatoes, Quick and Easy, Sides, Vegetables, Vegetarian

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It’s finally arrived. The day of my favorite meal: Thanksgiving. I don’t know if it’s favorite because it only happens once a year though. If I could only have one meal for the rest of my life, I don’t know that it would be this one… Then again, maybe it would.

It’s just the perfect mix of flavors, textures, and since it’s most often eaten surrounded by loved ones, it’s such a winner.

My perfect Thanksgiving plate includes: Turkey, dressing, green beans, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, and gravy to pour over almost everything. It’s a feast for sure. There’s always more than we need. Part of the fun of a meal like this is getting creative with the leftovers.

Today, I’m tacking the mashed potatoes. I usually just make a big pot of soup and call it good. But, here’s a way to use those potatoes, and maybe a few other dishes from dinner, in a non-soupy way.

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I combined the potatoes with some sautéed veggies (the possibilities are pretty limitless here: sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squash, mushrooms, peas, corn, bell peppers, garlic, greens, chile peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, summer squash…), spices, cheese, flour, baking powder, and an egg (to hold it all together).

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Then I dropped them onto a hot skillet with a bit of olive oil. Easy. Almost done.

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They didn’t need long to cook, just a few minutes per side.

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I topped each one with a dollop of yogurt with fresh herbs mixed in. The perfect little treat for a lazy, relaxing holiday lunch.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Potato Pancakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 33 minutes

Total Time: 48 minutes

Yield: 4

Serving Size: 4-5 pancakes per person

Potato Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1-2 C veggies (could be carrots, peas, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, winter squash, corn, garlic, greens, bell peppers, chile peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, summer squash), chopped, if needed
  • to taste salt
  • 1/4 C plain yogurt or silken tofu
  • 1 T fresh herbs (dill, parsley, basil, chives)
  • to taste salt
  • pinch cayenne
  • squeeze of lemon or splash of white vinegar
  • 1/4 C All Purpose flour (or gluten free)
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 2-3 C mashed potatoes (could also add green bean casserole or dressing/stuffing)
  • to taste salt
  • 1/4 t paprika
  • pinch cayenne (optional)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/4 C cheese, grated or cut into small cubes
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 T olive oil, for frying

Instructions

  1. Heat skillet. Add 1 T olive oil. Sauté veggies with salt over medium-low heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until all veggies are tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Combine yogurt or silken tofu through lemon or vinegar. Taste for salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine flour and baking powder.
  4. Combine sautéed veggies with mashed potatoes through cheese. Stir gently. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired. Stir in flour mixture, then stir in egg.
  5. Wipe out veggie skillet. Heat and add 1 T olive oil. When oil is hot, drop and flatten (slightly) 2T pancake batter. Cook over medium-low heat for about 3 minutes per side, working in batches until all batter has been used, adding more oil as needed. Place finished pancakes on a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack in the oven (set at the lowest temperature to keep them hot).
  6. Serve pancakes topped with a dollop of herbed yogurt.

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Wednesday

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November 2013

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What To Do With Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Written by , Posted in Holiday, Inspired By, Leftovers, Menu Planning

Butternut-Squash-Soup-2I love Thanksgiving dinner so much that having it again the next day is just perfect, even after having a turkey sandwich for lunch. I could probably be talked into having it again two days later. But, there is a limit to how many times I can have the exact same dinner, even if it is one of my favorites.

So let’s talk about how to use those leftovers in a creative way. You worked so hard on that meal. It would be insane to just let it sit in the fridge and eventually go bad. Plus, it’s always fun to think of new ways to use an “old” dish.

If you used the non-traditional menu, here are some ideas:

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Herbed Roasted Chicken Thighs with Cherry Tomatoes and Roasted Broccoli gets chopped and added to Chicken and Rice Soup to go alongside the Garlic Bread that’s used to make Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, or could be used in Chicken Pot Pie.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup becomes Butternut Squash Risotto.

Crispy Potatoes get re-heated (in foil so they don’t burn) and topped with Chili to make Crispy Potatoes with Chili and Cheese.

Pomegranate juice can be simmered and reduced to make a syrup for Pancakes, Waffles, or French Toast.

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Apple Bourbon Galettes are perfect for breakfast, with your coffee, alongside a bowl of yogurt.

Gosh I’m hungry!

If you opted for a more traditional approach, here are some suggestions:

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Turkey can be made into Shepherd’s Pie of the South, Turkey Pot PieTurkey Caesar Wraps with homemade Caesar Salad Dressing, Spicy Turkey Chili, Honey Mustard Turkey Sandwiches, Thanksgiving Soup, Turkey Club Pizza.

Stuffing can be added to a Mushroom Frittata (add about 1 C or so).

Mashed Potatoes become Mashed Potato Soup, Sheila’s Potato Pan Rolls, or Thanksgiving Soup.

Green Beans can be used in Thanksgiving Soup.

Sweet Potatoes turn into Winter Veggie Salad.

Gravy can be used in Thanksgiving Soup.

Rolls can be French Toast topped with Cranberry Sauce, or Cream Cheesed Garlic Bread.

Pumpkin Pie filling becomes Pumpkin Pasta, or Pumpkin Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

Now I’m really starving!

I hope, dear friends, that you have the most wonderful Thanksgiving. If you live somewhere that doesn’t celebrate this holiday, I hope you have a lovely Thursday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday

3

December 2012

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Autotunesgiving and Parmesan and Garlic Roasted Yams

Written by , Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, Holiday, Nuts, Potatoes, Potlucks, Roasting, Sides, Vegetables, Vegetarian

I know Thanksgiving is over. I know, I know. But, we had such a fun time with our family and friends that I just want to write about it one more time.

You see, each year, for a long time, Tim has been making a Thanksgiving video. Some years it involves the Turkey being driven around the family farm, other years it features us. He’s so creative.

Normally, you see videos of my cooking show on here. But, I feel like giving you a glimpse of our life, our family, our holidays.

We had Thanksgiving dinner with my Uncle Larry and Aunt Gail, cousins: Ted, Jake, Renée, Gracie, Josiah; Tim’s parents, Terry and Cathy, and our friends, Doris, Brad, Mary, Brian, and Sarah. It was a blast!!

I’d planned to make my Roasted Garlic Yams, but ended up making a variation of them, which you can see below. It would work well for any holiday or regular dinner, so keep this one bookmarked!

Happy the holidays! Enjoy a laugh, on us.

Happy Eating!

Parmesan and Garlic Roasted Yams

Recipe Type: Side, Roasting, Oven, Squash, Winter
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Yams are roasted. Parmesan cheese is grated. Almonds are chopped. They are all combined to make a delicious fall dish.
Ingredients
  • 9 yams, cut into large chunks
  • 1 acorn squash, halved and seeded
  • 1/2 to 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch cayenne or red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 T olive oil
  • 1/4 C garlic infused olive oil (I used Bari’s)
  • 1 C parmesan cheese, grated (1/4 C reserved)
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 t lemon juice
  • 1/4 C apple cider
  • 1/2 C roasted almonds, chopped
Instructions
  1. Toss yams with 1 1/2 T olive oil, and seasonings. Place on 2 or 3 baking sheets (making sure they are not overcrowded). Drizzle cut side of squash with 1/2 T olive oil. Place cut side down on a baking sheet. Roast at 350F for 60 minutes (at 30 minutes rotate which is on top and bottom oven racks).
  2. Whisk together garlic olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and cider.
  3. When squash is tender, scrape into a bowl, mash a bit, and combine with roasted yams, 3/4 C parmesan cheese, and cider mixture.
  4. Top with remaining 1/4 C cheese and bake for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  5. Serve topped with almonds.
Notes

This can be made the day before, up thru step 3. The following day, place in an oven proof pan, covered, and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes. Uncover, and bake an additional 20-40 minutes more (or until it’s heated to at least 165F). In last 15 minutes of baking, top with remaining 1/4 C parmesan cheese. Serve topped with almonds.

 

Wednesday

21

November 2012

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Roasted Garlic Yams

Written by , Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Gluten Free, Holiday, Kid-Friendly, Meat, Pork, Potatoes, Roasting, Sides, Vegetables

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. You know this. I know this. Are you prepared? We’re having Thanksgiving dinner with a mixture of Husband’s family, my family, and good friends. I’m excited. I think my excitement is a tie between the company and the food. Good thing there will be both.

My job, my dish, my instructions were: Rachel, can you bring the yams? Perfect, because I have yams. As I write this early on Monday (so that I can have a mini vacation for the rest of the week), I’m trying to think of what I want to do with them. I have lots of ideas. Scalloped Yams could be fun, Roasted Garlic Yam are great (I made them two years ago and we loved them), traditional Yams with Marshmallows are fine, Winter Veggie Salad is delicious… but I want to be creative, which usually means making something up. This is one of my favorite things to do.

Thanksgiving is the one meal, however, where I kinda like the traditional classics. Turkey, Stuffing, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Yams, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Rolls. Mmmmmm, I can’t wait to eat!! So I have some thinking to do regarding these yams… I’m thinking… I’m thinking… I think I’m going to use my recipe for Roasted Garlic Yams. They were good. They have bacon. They have garlic. They have parmesan cheese. Winner.

Thinking about the day after, if you need some ideas for what to do with your leftovers, here are some from this year and last.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Roasted Garlic Yams
Recipe Type: Side, Thanksgiving, Fall, Winter, Savory
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
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Serves: 6
Roasted garlic and yams are mashed together then topped with bacon. A perfect side to your Thanksgiving turkey, or for any day really.
Ingredients
  • 4 sweet potatoes(yams), cubed
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1/4 C parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • pinch cayenne
  • pepper
  • 1/2 t all spice
  • salt (to taste)
  • olive oil
  • 3 slices bacon
Instructions
  1. Slice tips off garlic, place on tin foil, drizzle with olive oil, wrap with foil. Bake at 350F for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool.
  2. Cook bacon. Remove from pan and drain on paper towel. Cool and crumble.
  3. Add about an inch of water under steamer basket and steam yams until fork tender. Mash with garlic, milk, seasoning, and vinegar.
  4. Stir in parmesan cheese.
  5. Sprinkle with bacon and serve.
Notes
To make this vegan: Substitute chopped almonds for bacon, almond milk for cow’s milk, and omit parmesan cheese.