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Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts


When I was growing up eating my vegetables was no fun. I was great at pushing the cooked carrots around on my plate or “accidentally” dropping green beans on the floor for the dog. Looking back I can see I was served a lot of canned veggies and I do not mean canned Amish style out of the garden. I mean the Jolly Green Giant mass-produced cans. So it was surprise to discover fresh produce.

When we moved to California I started going to the farmer’s market every week. Year round there were great things to taste and try. Local nectarines and blueberries! Fruit is easy to enjoy. But I began to try different green vegetables I’d never tasted. Asparagus. What a treat. Fennel. Such a unique licorice like flavor. And just this year I ate my first Brussels Sprout. Who knew they were so tasty! Roasted with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Yum Yum Yum!

This spring as gardens are beginning to pop I am looking forward to trying some more new taste treats. What tastes of spring are you looking forward to? Are any of them green? Teehee And do you have a favorite vegetable recipe or preparation you’d like to share?

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Lisa Bogart. Lisa is a movie-loving, book-reading, sweater-knitting, cookie-baking, world-traveling woman. She is also the author of Knit With Love, Stories to Warm a Knitters Heart. She won the Guideposts Writers Workshop in 2010. These days Lisa works part time at Piedmont Yarn in Oakland, CA. And she loves nothing better than writing all morning, knitting all afternoon, and watching a movie with hubby in the evening. You can find Lisa online at LisaBogart.com.


  1. Judy Smith says:

    I remember that my father really liked peas – canned peas – in a can. Yuck. I dreaded them and did everything I could to get away without eating them. Now fresh! Oh yum. That’s a vegetable of a different color (taste, texture)! I use fresh whatever whenever possible and try to can whatever I can.
    As our boys were growing up, we’d give them a tiny taste of a new food. They were required to take just a small bite; if not to their liking, they could say ‘no thank you’ but never ‘yuck’ because that word got them another serving! Both were very quick learners! LOL.
    I don’t know that I have a favorite veggie. Since I quit smoking many years ago, I just so enjoy the individual flavor of each one. I may be particular about the way veggies are prepared but will eat just about everything. And no dressing on salads for me; they can mask the good flavor of the ingredients.
    PS. I really like roasted brussels sprouts!

  2. I like to fix green beans either fresh or frozen. I have tried to come up with a more health way. Of fixing them instead of using bacon fat . What I’ve come up with is I either use beef broth or water with beef bullion cubes added. About two to a medium sized pan. I also shake in some liquid smoke. Enough for taste. I shake in onion flakes. Since my husband is diabetic I add 1 packet of sweet and low. Everyone seems to like the way I fix my green beans.
    I have a confession to make. I’ve never ate roasted brussel sprouts. Do you have a recipe that you would care to share with me. Or a general idea how to fix them. My husband will not eat brussel sprouts. There’s just the two of us. So I’d need to fix just enough for me and have them for a few days.

  3. We plant pole beans next to our deck and provide rope so they can climb up to our pergola. It not only provides wonderful fresh beans but gives us a curtain of privacy. I really look forward to that in the summer.

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