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Quick Roasted Green Beans

Quick Roasted Green Beans

Every year, I fall in love with a new vegetable. Perhaps I am a romantic at heart. It’s possible. Last year, I was fascinated by Brussels sprouts. This year it is green beans. They seem to be a mainstay in every garden. Easy to grow, but no one ever is overly excited about actually eating green beans. Let’s face it, green beans suffer from neglect. They are boiled or steamed. Their lovely green hue drained of its vibrancy. Often never seasoned. Basically, they are an afterthought. Shoved limply into the shadow of whatever main dish holds the spotlight. It’s a tragedy, especially since green beans have serious promise.

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Coconut Confetti Corn

Coconut Confetti Corn

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to talk turkey and side dishes. Most cooks are loyal to their turkey recipe, so scene-stealing vegetable side dishes can offer an opportunity for adventure. This new approach to corn invests ordinary ingredients with extra significance, boldly overturning traditions and juxtaposing flavours. Coconut confetti corn is a dish delectably satisfying that will make vegetarians and non-vegetarians feel loved and looked after.

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Holiday Nostalgia – Non Rockwellian Brussels Sprouts

Holiday Nostalgia – Non Rockwellian Brussels Sprouts

I was 12 years old when we started eating brussels sprouts and other traditional Thanksgiving foods. The addition can be attributed to my parents acquiescing to my siblings efforts’ to recreate the holiday nostalgia portrayed in movies and books. Not to oversimplify things, but they were purposeful in creating the most Rockwellian of celebrations. There was an adamancy to refrain from adding Indian flair. No spices. No Indian ingredients. Just idyllic foods – like turkey, Stove Top stuffing, canned cranberry sauce and plain brussels sprouts.

Our efforts to emulate a traditional idea were bang on. They resulted in brussels sprouts that were boiled or steamed. Really, they were terrible. Smelly, bland – sometimes, pale green, sometimes slightly grey. Since they were depicted in every holiday scene – they remained a fixture on our plates.

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