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Tuesday
Oct092018

Recipe: Maple-Roasted Whole Carrots

Gorgeous photo credit: Photo Case
When my friend and kitchen mentor, Maria, served an elaborate home-cooked meal for one of our recent volunteer meetings, her heavenly roasted carrots lingered on my mind for days.  Fork-tender, savory and sweet, this was a side dish that I wanted to mimic just as soon as I could.  So, I decided that as a post-surgery treat, I would recreate Maria's roasted carrots for myself.
 
Prior to my scheduled procedure, I made sure to take care of as many errands as I possibly could, knowing full well that I'd be out of commission for quite some time.  I purchased all of the ingredients a few days prior to surgery with the lofty goal that I'd be able to cook after about a week's time.  Being in the kitchen was something that I could certainly look forward to!
A little over a week post-surgery, I was able to whip up this quick and easy recipe.  While I opted for whole-grain mustard, I think that Dijon would be equally as lovely and add a spicy, savory kick.  And for those a bit more daring, consider subbing Mike's Hot Honey for maple syrup.
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Ingredients
  • 1 bunch organic carrots (if you can, choose rainbow over orange - they're so pretty!)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon or whole-grain mustard
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

Scrub carrots thoroughly to remove dirt - pat dry.  Remove the top stem and the bottom nib (do not worry about peeling).

In a small cup, mix coconut oil, mustard, and maple syrup together.  Pour in to a pan that's large enough to fit the carrots, length-wise.

Add carrots to the pan and toss to evenly distribute mixture. 

On a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper (I prefer the latter), lay carrots and season with salt and pepper, to taste.  Set pan with remaining mixture aside. 

Roast for 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and flip the carrots over.  Re-season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Roast for 25 more minutes or until tender with the pierce of a fork or sharp knife.

Remove from oven.  Add carrots back to the pan with the remaining coconut oil/mustard/syrup mixture and gently toss to evenly distribute.

Serve immediately, or allow to cool and enjoy later as a side dish or chopped for a great salad topper!

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Until we eat again

The Lunch Belle

Friday
Sep212018

Reviewed: No Monkey Business at 'The Drunken Munkey'

The Drunken Munkey's flagship location on the Upper East Side has been bookmarked on my Yelp account since I moved to the area earlier this year. I found both the food and elevated cocktail program intriguing, especially for a neighborhood not particularly known for being a "restaurant destination" (as compared to my old Chelsea abode). This past summer, the team behind The Drunken Munkey opened a second location downtown. I was lucky enough to be included in an intimate media dinner at the restaurant's hip West Village digs earlier this week. Our table of eight enjoyed three hours of great conversation, delicious Indian food, and hand-crafted cocktails from a creative program rarely seen paired with this cuisine...

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Tuesday
Jul172018

Keepin' It Local: Five of My Favorite Summer Experiences

Whether you've just started that new job and can't take holiday for the foreseeable future, or you're trying to save some time and money by staying local this summer, here are five of my favorite warm-weather activities that will seemingly transport you thousands of miles away from the hustle and bustle (without so much as leaving the vicinity)...

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Monday
Jul022018

Recipe: The Best Banana Bread You've Never Had

Having never made banana bread prior, I researched tons of recipes before settling on a rendition that one of my dear colleagues had sent me with the affirmation that "this is the best banana bread recipe ever!" While many of the ingredients/methods remain the same, I amended the recipe with some of my own creative additions...

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