Brussels sprouts are the new green beans

For holiday feasts, that is. I have nothing, exactly, against the standard green bean, mushroom soup, onion things casserole. But unless you make it from scratch, it just doesn’t compare, for flavor with this easy and candy-esque treatment for b’sprouts. One of the secrets, of course, is bacon. The other is to cook the heck out of the sprouts until they are the kind of candy you like. (more…)

Dad’s Holiday Cranberry Relish

My first cook book was the Craig Claiborne classic, The New York Times Cook Book. My now ancient, paperclip bookmarks tell the story of why I bought it. Thanksgiving. Bookmarked are “Turkey,” “Basic Bread Crumb Stuffing,” “Mashed Potatoes,” and “Cranberry Relish.” I have referenced the last one each year that I’ve made Thanksgiving dinner.

This version uses cooked berries, not raw, and lots of sugar. Get over it. It’s just great. (more…)

Easy Southern Green Beans

A friend, Betty Lou M., who grew up in Richmond, Virginia, says she has made this recipe ever since before she was a young bride 60+ years ago. These beans are very easy and mighty good, a great side for any occasion. We think they would probably be even better with fresh, local green beans, but we’ve been too lazy to try this. We’re pretty sure these beans are close to the ones at Cracker Barrel. (more…)