Brussel Sprouts with Honey Miso Glaze

How has your week been guys?

I am having a really great start to 2014, which is nice considering that last year was just not that much fun for me overall. Some great things happened, including me moving to NYC and qutting a horrible first job, but overall it was a pretty stressful process to get acclimated. Our apartment is feeling more and more like home these days. It has come a long way from the bare bones loft it once was, even though it is still to the point where there is not an overwhelming amount of things. One of my worries was that since the apartment has so much space, there would be the possibility that we would feel the need to clutter it. My roommate and best friend has a keen eye for finding some great things for free, and that is how we scored a spice hutch for food, teas, and dry goods as well as a beautiful ornate frame that compliments the brick wall nicely. We even got a bar cart thatI made simple syrup for last night. The apartment has a lot of good memories made in it already. It is the first time that I have lived with a group of people that does not infuriate me with their cleaning habits and that I want to hang out with all the time. We all compliment each other pretty well. We go out together, have dinners together sometimes, but also have our own lives too, which is a good balance. It has made moving to a big, new city much easier. I have met new friends, and slowly but surely, my life here is one that I am growing happier and happier in. Since it is the first time that I can entertain and have people over to my place for dinner, I have taken advantage of it. When I lived at home, I used to cook or bake for the family whenever I wanted to focus on somethign else for a while. I think recipes, written in such a simplistic yet direct manner, are comforting in their predictability. You always add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Sometimes, I wish there were a recipe for life. Too philosophical? Sorry, I get stuck in my own head and I am a part of team idealist.

I am like anyone else and there are definitely days when I do not feel like cooking, but getting everyone together for a simple yet elegant meal is really fun sometimes. I have made polenta witha  poached egg, parmesan, chives, and butter for my first dinner and even hosted a dinner party for the neighbors in our building where I made mushroom quinoa and beet salad with goat cheese and oranges. Last night was a simple girls night with plenty of veggies (green beans with a squeeze of lemon and garlic with black pepper and salt) and the classic Annie’s white cheddar made with butter and greek yogurt. I am excited the year has been so fun so far (all eight days of it). Now onto these brussells:

This honey miso glaze is awesome and flavorful. I especially like it on top of fresh green spinach salads with goat cheese, walnuts, apples, and cucumbers as well. Whip up this nice gaze for your guests and they will think you are a five star chef (or at least I like to think that is what they think).

Miso Glaze

1 tablespoon white miso paste

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients

2 cups brussel sprouts, cut in half and roasted at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes until crispy and brown on the sides (spray with a cooking spray, coconut oil or butter before roasting)

Directions

Combine everything for the miso glaze in a bowl and mix well. Drizzle over the roasted sprouts. Great witha couple sprinkles of goat cheese!

xx

R

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