Saturday, November 8, 2014

Roasted Brocollini with Leeks and Cranberries

Greetings from a lovely little studio apartment on west 14th street in lower Manhattan. This week’s home away from home.

I’m eight days into sixteen days on the road. SIXTEEN DAYS. WHO AM I?

Let me stop you before you go on your internal rant on how lucky I am to travel for work. How can I be complaining while I’m seeing the country on someone else’s dime?

I am VERY lucky. I’m also very tired. Work travel is fun and exciting and stimulating. But its can also be lonely. There is a reason I do not live alone people!

It’s not all bad though. I get to see good friends and family and eat tasty food and pseudo live in places like New York and Colorado.

But in in the down moments, my mind always wanders to what Lish and her daughter Brielle are doing on this pretty California Saturday. Or to my spot on Wesley’s couch watching football between him and Junior. Or what Mom and Dad will have for Sunday dinner with out me. And now I’m tearing.

In these moments when I’m missing my life back home, I focus my thoughts back to what is really important after I get home.

ALL THE FOOD.

Of course the people are more important than the food, but the food is pretty damn important.

Thanksgiving this year will be at my aunt and uncle’s new San Clemente abode (they recently moved down south from northern California) and I’ve already gotten this dish approved to bring.

This is an easy twist on a festive Turkey Day side dish to take to a Thanksgiving dinner where you may not be able to do much in the kitchen. If you are making it at home it is perfect to pop in while the turkey is resting.

You will need…

1 lb broccolini, chopped into bite (you could sub broccoli if you can't find broccolini)
1 leek, white and light green parts julienned


2 garlic cloves, minced


3 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup dried cranberries
Salt and pepper to taste

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, toss together the broccolini, leek, garlic, cranberries and olive oil.


Toss till everything is lightly coated with olive oil.

Spread the veggies out on a rimmed baking sheet and season well with salt and pepper.


Roast in the oven till the leeks are starting to brown. About 10 to 20 minutes, stirring once.

Remove from the oven and serve hot.


Love and Beer Floats
Angela

Roasted Brocollini with Leeks and Cranberries
1 lb broccolini, chopped into bite sized pieces (you could sub broccoli if you can't find broccolini)
1 leek, white and light green parts julienned
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup dried cranberries
Salt and pepper to taste

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large bowl, toss together the broccolini, leek, garlic, cranberries and olive oil.
Toss till everything is lightly coated with olive oil.
Spread the veggies out on a rimmed baking sheet and season well with salt and pepper.
Roast in the oven till the leeks are starting to brown. About 10 to 20 minutes, stirring once.
Remove from the oven and serve hot. 

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