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How to Cut Brussels Sprouts, with Photos & Recipe Suggestions

People ask all the time, What's the best way to cut up Brussels sprouts? Is there an easy way? A quicker way? My answer, sorry, is that it depends. That's why I'm sharing four ways to cut Brussels sprouts. One method works best for cooking Brussels sprouts whole; another way works best for roasting and sautéeing; another for cooking quickly and lightly; still another for quick-cooking just the leaves. Step by step photo illustrations of each technique. QUICK LINKS Skip Straight to the Right Technique Buying, Washing & Trimming Brussels Sprouts #1 Best for Cooking Brussels Sprouts Whole #2 Best for Roasting or Sautéing #3 Best for Cooking Quickly & Lightly #4 Best for Cooking Just the Leaves Some times, you look at a vegetable and wonder how in heavens to cut it up for cooking. Take Brussels sprouts. The baby cabbages may look like green golf balls but take a closer look, they're really tightly bound leaves surrounding a dense core. (While we're

Homemade Vegetable Bouillon Concentrate ♥ Recipe

How to make bouillon concentrate from scratch using fresh vegetables, a few herbs, lots of salt and a food processor. No cooking required! The concentrate keeps in the freezer to scoop out a teaspoon or two at a time over the next few months. Then just add water for a fresh, lively stock that makes a huge difference. And if you have foodie friends? Homemade Vegetable Boullion Concentrate makes a great savory food gift. Fresh & Seasonal. Kitchen DIY. A Staple for a Homemade Pantry. Great for Meal Prep. Weight Watchers Friendly. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real . Naturally Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly.

How to Succeed with Weight Watchers & Win a Kitchen Scale

Sunday is the last day to enter to win a kitchen scale! This week, I dusted off the tips and techniques I used in 2002 to lose 30 pounds using Weight Watchers, see How to Lose Weight with Weight Watchers . I invited readers to share their best tips too and boy, have they, all to win one of my favorite Weight Watchers tools, a kitchen scale . If you don't have a kitchen scale, head on over to the contest to enter to win, it's easy and there are five ways to enter! WEIGHT WATCHERS RESOURCES ~ Weight Watchers recipes ~ (sorted by Weight Watchers points) ~ Low-Carb Recipes ~ Low-Calorie Recipes ~ from Kitchen Parade, my food column ~ Weight Watchers Recipes ~ (zero-point, one-point and two-point vegetable recipes, including the famous Weight Watchers Zero-Point Soup Recipes) ~ Low-Carb Vegetable Recipes ~ from A Veggie Venture, my food blog about vegetables © Copyright Kitchen Parade 2010

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. TESTIMONIALS "We had a ball this afternoon grinding ev

Carrot Salad with Pomegranate ♥ Vegan Recipe

A quick and colorful salad, grated carrot tossed in a light vinaigrette with pomegranate seeds. Low carb. Weight Watchers 1 point. Vegan. Even without a blanket of snow, beginning somewhere in mid-November or early December, I think we all begin to crave color, perhaps because of the shorter days, the long darkness of winter nights. And my goodness, does this quick salad ever pack a punch of color! The recipe comes from a reader, Kathie from Los Angeles, who shares Weight Watchers-friendly recipes with me every so often. Here's how she sold me on the concept for this colorful salad, it took all of ten seconds. "Quick, delicious. I am in love with this concoction." It goes together quickly and packs a flavor punch and a crunch punch (ha!) too. RECIPE for CARROT SALAD with POMEGRANATE Hands-on time: 20 minutes Time to table: 20 minutes Serves 4 6 carrots, trimmed Seeds from half a pomegranate ( The Quick & Easy Way to Remove Seeds from a Pomegranate ) Orange

Caramelized Onion Tart ♥ (Swiss Onion Cheese Flan)

A simple but sophisticated tart, rich enough to serve in thin slices as an appetizer or in larger wedges for a vegetarian main dish. The crust is super un-fussy and flecked with cornmeal for crispness. The filling is packed with caramelized onions, those dark and dusky nuggets that make almost anything taste better. Both the crust and the filling can be made ahead of time, then tossed into the oven to bake in time for serving hot, warm or at room temperature. Vegetarian Entrée or Appetizer, Perfect for Thanksgiving. Time-Adaptable (Cooking and Serving). Make-Ahead Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special.

Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash & Mushrooms ♥ Vegetarian Recipe

Today's vegetarian entrée recipe: Another idea for a vegetarian (and in fact, vegan) main dish for Thanksgiving but will have everyone, I'm willing to bet, coming back for seconds. The recipe blends four fall flavors: nutty Italian farro, butternut squash, mushrooms and sage. Very pretty on a plate. So this is fun! I'm having a great time testing recipes suitable for vegetarian Thanksgiving entrées for the 2009 collection of Thanksgiving vegetable recipes (FYI, link updated in 2010). With this one, it took great restraint to not gobble (tee hee) it up all by myself. The recipe starts with an idea borrowed from Cook's Illustrated, using the skins and seeds and all the 'gunk' inside a butternut squash to make a vegetarian broth, so very thrifty! The broth is gently flavored with a lovely orange tinge. From there, the squash is pan-roasted but you could also roast the squash cubes in the oven if preferred. I also added mushrooms for bulk and texture contrast,