Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Feeling Domestic

Occasionally I feel in the mood to cook something besides our usual's (ie. tacos, spaghetti, casseroles). Since its fall I can get pumpkin ravioli in the freezer section so to pair with that I made pear and parmesan salad, one of my faves and so easy! Its just sliced pears, parmesan, walnuts and then an easy lemon vinaigrette. I use walnut oil in the vinaigrette with the lemon juice instead of olive oil for something a little extra :)
The salad I make all the time and is super quick. The brussels sprouts below however took quite a bit of preparation and I had never tried the recipe before but it turned out so yummy!
The brussels sprouts had bacon, sauted red onions and apple cider vinegar soaked cranberries. The recipe called for raisins but I'm not a fan so I substituted dried cranberries instead. I found the recipe online here.

I should mention that growing up we had boiled brussels sprouts which are really awful, I've only recently discovered that brussels sprouts can actually be great. They're quite trendy here in NYC so I've gotten to taste lots of different preparations :)
And for the main dish we had the pumpkin ravioli which I did with a simple sage browned butter sauce. Such a yummy meal and almost vegetarian except for the bacon :)

Living in NY has definitely opened my eyes to all kinds of new and exciting foods, I would have never even gotten the idea to cook this meal back in Arkansas.

1 comment:

  1. Oddly, I have walnut oil sitting in my pantry from a recipe I made a while back. I had no idea what to use it for. Thanks for the idea! Sidney