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Lovely Internet 11.6.15

1. One of my favorite holiday traditions, along with traditions from a number of Southern food writers, over on The Daily South!

2. Well, bacon is apparently carcinogenic. Bummer.

3. If I had a dollar for everytime someone asked me to work for free I could pay myself a decent salary.

4. Oh man, I am trying to eat SO MANY OYSTERS this winter. If only I had a beautiful handmade wood fired oyster roaster.

5. What you need to know about the federal inmate release.

6. A convincing argument for putting whole grains back on your plate.

7. Why it’s difficult to talk about race to white people, but also why it’s important.

8. “Three – always pick up worms off the pavement and put them on the grass. They’re having a bad day, and they’re good for… the earth or something (ask Daddy more about this; am a bit sketchy).”

9. Sometimes other people’s embarrassing moments make you feel just a little better about this human community.

10. It’s been interesting following the evolution of the public opinion and story of Hilary Clinton’s personal email use. For instance, what is “Plumpy Nut”?

 

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

 

After a long separation I’m happy to say that Brussels sprouts, the delectable little brassicas, are officially back in my kitchen. And belly. It’s a happy time.

 

brussels sprouts salad 2

I’m usually a fan of tossing them, halved, with a little balsamic and roasting them. Or coating them with bacon jam. Or red curry. But this time around I wanted something a little different, so I sliced them thinly, added a red onion and some shaved parmesan, and tossed them in olive oil and lemon juice. Simple, fresh, and completely satisfying. Brussels sprouts, I’m glad you’re back.

 

 

brussels sprouts salad 3

 

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

 

2 dozen Brussels sprouts

1 small red onion

1/4lb parmesan cheese

1/8 cup olive oil

Juice of 2 lemons

Pinch of salt

 

Remove tops of sprouts and thinly slice. Mix in a bowl with thinly sliced red onion, shaved parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

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Sweet Potato & Rosemary Cocktail

There are few things I love more than seasonal cocktails (that might be a lie, the list of things I love is very long). In the past, however, I’ve always shied away from sweet potato cocktails, finding them offensively sweet and way too viscous (how appetizing is that word?). Thankfully I’m a food blogger with access to more sweet potatoes than anywhere else in the country, a big rosemary bush in my yard, and a bottle of vodka made from sweet potatoes, so I’m the perfect person to solve my own cocktail problem. And solve it I did! May I present a sweet potato, rosemary, vodka, and prosecco cocktail that is earthy, fresh, sweet, and a little bit sparkly?

sweet potato cocktail

 

Sweet Potato & Rosemary Cocktail

makes 4

sweet potato simple syrup

 

2 large sweet potatoes

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp butter

2 cups of water

1 cup brown sugar

Pinch of salt

Large handful of rosemary, plus more for garnish

 

cocktail 

 

4 oz vodka

4 oz sweet potato simple syrup

2 cups prosecco

 

To make your simple syrup, heat your oven to 375F. Peel and cube your sweet potatoes and toss in butter and 1 tbsp brown sugar. Roast for 30 minutes, or until soft and golden brown.

 

In a pan on the stove combine your sweet potatoes, water, brown sugar, salt, and rosemary. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Allow to cool to room temperature and then puree. Push through a fine mesh strainer.

 

Combine 1 oz sweet potato simple syrup, 1 oz vodka in a shaker. Shake well and pour over ice. Top with prosecco and garnish with rosemary.

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