by Kate Davies
Recently my stepson Luc was asked about his favorite food, and he gleefully replied ‘brussels sprouts!!’. The inquiring adult assumed he was joking, but the boy does love some sprouts. We all do, and in fall they are a staple. This recipe calls for bacon, but it can be made vegetarian and it’s still delicious. Brussels sprouts are often overcooked for my taste; to avoid mushy sprouts crank up the heat and don’t overcrowd your pan. Resist the urge to stir frequently; they will caramelize nicely if left alone. The stock allows you to manage the color on the bacon and the aromatics, so if they are getting too dark add a dash of stock to keep them from burning. If you are unfamiliar with preserved lemon, it can be found in middle eastern and mediterranean grocery stores. Only use the peel, keeping in mind it is quite salty.
The White Dinner – by Kate Davies
We all know them: the Picky Eaters, kids who only eat white foods. I’ve often told my kids that I will never force-feed them anything weird or gross, so if I put it on the table the odds are good that the food is both edible and nutritious. Somehow, even when faced with such wisdom, I get complaints.
We are quite lucky, as our dinners can literally be quite colorful (see Lettuce Wraps). One evening I served a meal everyone loved, and after we tucked in we realized that I had inadvertently served every kid’s dream dinner: all white. Here it is, I hope your kids like it as much as mine do!
I usually stick to healthier dinners than this, but when I saw this recipe on Cup of Jo last week, I knew I had to give it a go! My version ended up being quite different from the original recipe due to the bacon and a few shortcuts, but I can’t imagine that the original was any tastier because this was out-of-this-world delicious!! Definitely a decadent treat, but it still had spinach in it, so I refuse to feel guilty about it! 😉
While this doesn’t qualify as a one-pot meal, it is technically a one-pan meal! When all was said and done, I had only dirtied a cutting board, knife, two spatulas, and one pan. Oh, and a wine glass . . .