Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Fennel

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The most winterific green there is: Brussels Sprouts. Everyone knows it.

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Late in our CSA season we tend to get a bunch of rooty vegetables like fennel and heartier greens like brussels sprouts.

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An easy and tasty fallback cold night dinner is to roast them both up together. Slice the fennel, then cut the stems off the sprouts, and cut them in halves or thirds. Throw both the sprouts and fennel in a pan with sliced shallots, olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper. Roast the combo at 375°.

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You’ll know it’s done by the heavenly aroma, but it should take about 35-40 minutes. The sprouts will be soft and there should be some crispy bits (which are the pieces you should hog for yourself).

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Serve next to something grainy with lemon, herbs and garlic, and remember winter won’t last forever and that brussels sprouts make your insides warmer. Enjoy!

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Recipe for a Perfect Galentine’s Day

Galentines-Day-2014-1I am not a fan of our nation’s favorite pink and red holiday, the dreaded February 14th. And when accused that this is no doubt due to a bad breakup or the lack of man in my life, I grow purple – not red nor pink but purple – with offense. I am in a very happy partnership; I just think Valentine’s day is a rip, expertly designed to make people spend money and feel crummy. Congratulations Corporate America, you have succeeded again.

I do, however, think that one Leslie Knope has combatted this problem with great excellence. Galentine’s Day is the grand tradition of celebrating one’s gal pals. We thank you as always, Leslie, for your brilliance and beauty.

I have requested amongst my ladies that we celebrate after the 14th instead of the 13th, as this demonstrates a healthy protest against the dreaded Val. And I think this year we managed to put together the perfect Galentine’s Day Recipewhich is as follows:

1 obnoxiously cute vegan #heart cookie, for a friend who’s really into social media:

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1 ludicrously fuzzy pair of slippers for a chilly set of toes:

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1 toastiest blanket of all time for each participant (arctic weather dependent):

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1 absolute best ever movie made in the ’90s celebrating girlhood and womanhood alike. (For gluten sensitivity replace with: Thelma and Louise):

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And obviously, 1 tremendous nod to the woman who started it all:
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Mix together in cozy apartment, cover in dark chocolate, and serve with cuddles.

Happy Galentine’s Day, y’all, whenever you celebrate. Hope you have the best ever women in your life too.