Brussels Sprout Gratin


Friends, it is my call of duty in life to get these darn kids to EAT THEIR BRUSSELS! It’s debatable, no? I mean is it really required? Sure they love plenty of the veggies we serve around here, great, fantastic, I’ll take it! But they just don’t do the whole Brussels Sprout deal. They cringe at just the mere sight of them…before even a taste.

But Im a giant fan…and so is Nick…and it has been my 6-year long quest to find a way for these kiddos to see that they really are yummy. We roast them, throw maple syrup on them, butter them to the nines, even shred them and still, nothing. Nada. “Mom, I tried them but I just don’t care for them” is usually the response I get when they are served.

So, it is with great accomplishment and near tears of joy that I present to you the recipe that has done it. They are believers. They are Brussels Sprout believers!  Continue reading

Potato Gratin with Poblanos, Pancetta and Corn

SONY DSCHow about this weather, friends?  It’s so random this time of year.  Mornings feel like fall at its finest:  cool, crisp air perfect for that cozy sweater.  Head into afternoon and the sun is blazing and the temps are rising forcing you to tear that sweater off as quickly as you can.  Part summer, part fall, no?

And this gratin is right there with the weather these days.  Part summer with those farm fresh poblanos, potatoes and corn.  Part fall with that comfort an warmth.

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Leftover Ham: 5 Simple, Delicious Weeknight-Worthy Meals

 

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I hope your Easter was a blessed one, friends.  We had such a lovely weekend…a ton of family time, endless fun for the kiddos and food galore.

Ham was on the menu over here and I know for many of you, as well.  So in an effort to simplify your meal plans for the week, lets find a way to use up that leftover ham in 5 Simple, Delicious Weeknight-Worthy Meals!  Continue reading

Kale with Lemon Cream Sauce

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Good old kale.  It’s wonderful.  It’s versatile.  It’s full of so many fantastic nutrients.  The total package.  I’ve always adored it; for salads, wilting into soups and stews and so much more.  But I have got to say this Kale with Lemon Cream Sauce is up there high on my list of very favorite side dishes. Continue reading

Potato, Ham and Broccoli Gratin

SONY DSCThis number was inspired by an awesome side dish, my sisters “cheesy potato” recipe, on a I-dont-feel-like-cooking kind of day.  Because, well, sometimes we need an easy side dish to turn into a complete meal.  It’s quite possibly the most effortless dinner to put together in the entire universe and my family goes nuts for it.  Cheesy, gooey, comfort mania, right here folks. Continue reading

Cauliflower, Broccoli and Ham Gratin

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If you’re down with cheesy, gooey, comforty goodness this ones for you.  Adult devoured and kid approved around here.  I like this recipe because of its simplicity…there are very few ingredients and it requires very little work.  The sauce and veggies cook together which makes clean up a breeze and the ham is precooked which saves crazy amounts of time.  And an extra thumbs up in my book because theres no cream of anything soup and no flour for thickening.  A wonderful dish to ring in the cool fall days ahead…was that the fastest summer ever, by the way?  Ill take fall any day of the week…bring. it. on.  apples…pumpkins…stews…gratins…oh my!! Continue reading