Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Whole-Grain Mustard Sauce

We’ve reached the time in the season which I find incredibly sad because Brussels Sprouts are challenging to find.  With the last of the sprouts I could find when out and about, I wanted to try this recipe.  I really enjoy a good mustard and a good Brussels sprout, so what could go wrong?  It’s the latest in my Cook the Book series, coming from the cookbook Vedge.

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Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

A few weeks ago I went to a favorite Thai restaurant and decided to order outside of my usual orders — I went for Pineapple Fried Rice instead of Pad Thai.  The ingredients seemed to be something I could use to cook at home, and so I decided to take a stab at it at home.  I searched the internet for a few different recipes and came across this one at Cookie and Kate and decided to try it out.  I made a few adjustments to cook it for the kids, which didn’t end up going so well, but it was a nice attempt.

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Cabbage Patch Stew

After making Cabbage Salad for Christmas, we had half a head of cabbage leftover.  We were debating different items we could make to use the rest of the cabbage and my mom mentioned a cabbage stew she had with some friends a few weeks earlier.  Ready for some “not-so-goopy” food before my sister and her family arrived and we started all over again with eating fancy cooked foods.  So, on December 27, we found ourselves making Cabbage Patch Stew.

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Green Beans with Mushrooms

For Christmas, we were deciding what to eat and decided that in addition to the ham my dad made, I would make the Parmesan Sweet Potatoes I made a few weeks ago, along with the Cabbage Salad.  We felt like we needed another vegetable.  After considering carrots, brussels sprouts, and others, we decided that we needed the green color that green beans could offer.  So I set about looking for a green bean recipe.  I found one for which we had all of the ingredients ready and decided to make Green Beans with Shallots and Mushrooms from Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Joyful cookbook.  They were a great addition to the table and helped to add a little more color to our plates.

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Creme de Menthe Brownies

I only make one request for my mom to make for the holidays, because no matter how much I try, mine do not turn out the same.  It’s for my mom’s Creme de Menthe brownies.  Yum.  I’m still hungry as I think about them now.  We don’t make them any other time of the year, although there’s not really a reason not to make them throughout the year.  However, I think there is something special to having things around the holidays.

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Peanut Butter Fudge Pie

For Christmas, my mom made an ice cream dessert.  It’s almost as though we always have ice cream dessert for our holiday fancy dessert.  This year, she went with Peanut Butter Fudge Pie, a recipe from Midwest Living.  Part of what is great about this recipe is that it made a pie plate full, instead of a 9×13 pan, and it has rice krispies in the crust.  Had you been at my mom and dad’s house over the holidays, you would know that the second nephew yelled “Rice Krispies” as what he wanted for breakfast each and every day!

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