My “about me” blurb mentions that I am a “sometimes (but not often)” cook!
The holidays are one of the “sometimes” when I cook!
The Sweetwater Kitchen actually gets used this time of the year!!!
I think I used more butter, eggs, and sugar in the December than in all the first 11 months of 2012!!!
So now….maybe it is time to focus on eating some vegetables!
Our new favorite vegetable is Brussels Sprouts!
My mom will definitely laugh when she reads THIS!
Chances are….this is how she remembers me when she tried to get me to eat them….
But, as I remember Brussels Sprouts from my youth…..they were pretty yucky and mushy and smelly…..
Oh…she probably thought they were good for us…but I thought they were a form of culinary torture!
Fast Forward To NOW!
 We buy big bags of these little babes at CostCo every on every trip!
 They are usually priced reasonably and are easy to fix!
Here are a couple of easy recipes that we have been serving lately!
Carmelized Roasted Brussels Sprouts 
1 package of Brussels Sprouts cleaned and cut in half
(enough to fill a 9 x 9 metal cake pan)
Salt and Pepper
A drizzle of Olive Oil
3 TBSP butter
1/4 Cup brown sugar Sprinkled over the top
Roast in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes or so….
Stir every 10 minutes to coat and evenly distribute the “sauce”…
they are done when they are nice and brown with a little crunch…
Top with some packaged French Fried Onions!!
The Sweetwater Daughter served this recipe from The Pioneer Woman  for our Christmas Eve Dinner….Delicious!!!
Brussels Sprouts really are good for you…..
Well….they would be without all the extra ingredients in the recipes above!!!
We actually like ours just roasted with a tiny bit of olive oil and a little salt and pepper….
After all the indulgent eating that has been going on at Sweetwater….
Maybe we need to get back to that simpler recipe…..
hmmmm…..100 calories for a nice size serving…..sounds like a PLAN!!!
Now….to quote MOMS everywhere…. 
eat your vegetables….
you’ll like them!

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0 comments on “A Cooking Post….Oh MY!!!

  1. NanaDiana

    Mary- Don't laugh- we eat ours with butter and nutmeg. Try it-so good! Good for you for eating healthy. I have never tried them roasted but I will now- xo Diana

  2. Bobbie

    I LOVE Brussels too!!! My favortie is the carmalized!

  3. Katherines Corner

    I love them..they hate me…Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

  4. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads

    I have some Brussels sprouts growing in our garden, and I cannot wait until I have enough to roast them. I will tell you that they are very slow growing! The little bit of brown sugar on them sounds delicious!