One of the things I love most about September is the perfect mix of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The summer vegetables are on their way out, but also at their prime and winter produce is beginning to be harvested. It is a veritable cornucopia of delicious harvest treats!
When I was a child I remember not really liking vegetables very much, but it turns out that is because most homemakers were taught to cook the heck out them, which left a soggy mush. Yuck! We also have so many more choices than our mothers had when it comes to serving our family vegetables.
Now that I have been cooking for my family for fifteen years, I have learned a thing or two about the best way to prepare vegetables.
- First of all, roasting is an excellent way to bring out the natural sugars in things like brussels sprouts and asparagus. Plus it is so easy, it almost feels like cheating!
- Secondly, if you are going to either steam or boil your vegetables, it is better to under cook them rather than over cook them. With the exception of artichokes, I prefer them with a slight snap or bite in the center.
- Finally, if you accidentally forget you are cooking the aforementioned artichokes and you end up burning them, your house will smell like you have been smoking pot and your husband will look questioningly at you when he gets home!
Here are the five best vegetable recipes that I serve to my family all of the time!
Do you have a vegetable recipe that you love? If so, link it in the comments!