Things you should know.

I learned two things about cooking today.

1) If you think Brussels sprouts are bitter, cut off the stem before you cook them. I never knew this! I had some leftover from the farmer’s market and I wanted to sautee them. I googled a few recipes and saw this handy hint. Just chop off the root part, and remove any loose leaves. All of the bitterness is contained in the stem. (If you want Brussels sprouts to taste like candy, cook three pieces of bacon, chop them up, (keep the grease in the pan) and then add the halved Brussels sprouts with one chopped leak, a teaspoon of salt, and one tablespoon of butter. Holy Delicious!)

Brussels Sprouts with Leeks and Bacon

2) You should always cut the ends off of potatoes when you’re baking them in the oven, or this will happen.


That’s going to be fun to clean up…

Have you learned any helpful kitchen hints lately? What were they?


8 thoughts on “Things you should know.

  1. I’ve never heard of cuting the ends off potatoes … interesting! I just stab them a couple of times with a fork to relieve some of the pressure while baking.

  2. Sprouts de Brussels get such a bad rap! I’d never had them before marrying Alyssa but their infamy must lay with inferior cooking. Albeit, bacon can improve almost anything, even with balsamic and garlic, it’s not bad…

  3. I love Brussels sprouts, but never knew that about cutting off the stem. And I’m definitely going to try that with pancetta.

    I don’t cut the potatoes, but I do put them in aluminum foil, and I’ve never had them pop. Maybe try that? I hope the cleanup was easy!

  4. like Mary, I just stab my potatoes with a fork or knife a few times and then throw them in the oven. Perfection!

    I LOVE brussels sprouts. Never thought to try them with bacon though. OMG. Two of my favourite things combined into one amazing dish of happy happy joy joy flavourful goodness? Yes please.

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