Showing posts from December, 2009

Homemade Swedish Potato Sausage ♥ Recipe & Photos

Last month, twas my honor to witness something magical, a grandmother passing a family tradition along to two of her granddaughters. I took a few pictures so that readers might tag along too. Here's how to make homemade Swedish potato sausage, the classic Swedish dish, with step-by-step photos and tips.
It happened like a scene right out of Carl Larsson, the renowned Swedish painter who captured home and family scenes in the Swedish countryside in the last 1800s and early 1900s.

There we were on an unseasonably warm afternoon on the last day of November, the grandmother all organized and prepared, the kids smart from school, me bearing a camera and a tin of allspice -- all gathered in the kitchen to make one of the family's traditional Swedish recipes, an important dish for the feast on Christmas Eve.

The dish? Homemade potato sausage, 'potatis korv' en svenska. Here's how it's made, with love.

"We had a ball this afternoon grinding everything…

Fast Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts ♥ Recipe

Today's vegetable recipe: Brussels sprouts that reach the table in 20 minutes flat, with all the flavor of a long and slow roast in the oven. Weight Watchers 1 point and low-carb so an especially good vegetable choice during the calorie-heavy holidays.
Roasting vegetables is just so rewarding! For that hungry hour before supper, the low and slow heat coaxes out aromas and flavors, teasing us of what's to come.

The one downside? Speed. Or lack thereof. Slow Food is one thing. So is sloooooow food. But when you want dinner on the table, pronto? Roasting's not the smart choice.

But wait. Here are roasted Brussels sprouts that reach the table in 20 minutes snap. It takes two pots, one to parboil (that means to partially cook) the sprouts, another to pan-roast the sprouts. But these are delicious - way delicious, worth the wait, even if not required. Plus the two-step process has an advantage: they can be cooked, partway, ahead of time and then be finished at the last minute. T…