Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Roasted Root Vegetables

In the hustle and bustle that becomes December, we look for easy things to fix for we are going a thousand miles an hour in many directions.

Roasted root vegetables are a perfect side dish in December. You toss the vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper and put them in a 425 oven for about 25 minutes or until they're soft and caramelized.

Our favorite is a mix of carrot, sweet potato, parsnip and butternut squash. It's a big platter for two but leftovers are good warmed over and whirled in a food processor and added to chicken broth with a little cream, it makes a great lunchtime soup.

While they bake, you can finish wrapping those presents or addressing those Christmas cards or do one of the myriad of things that need to be done before Christmas.

It has been a busy week at Linderhof -- not necessarily with chores for it's often fun things that we're involved in.

But whether it's fun things or Christmas chores, easy meals are important mid December -- for our kitchen time is better spent making Christmas cookies and candy!

It's Pink Saturday so please visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see other Pink Saturday posts.


On Crooked Creek said...

Sounds wonderful, dear! Slow down a bit this week and enjoy the last weeks festivities! I'll be baking a batch of cookies and one pie here. Decorating a two~tier cake for our ladies circle meeting Tuesday. Then it's just waiting on Christmas, music and programs to enjoy!
Have a wonderful holiday!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I love it when something is roasting in the oven.

Ben said...

I love the whole concept of a root vegetable theme, Martha. Looks lovely too.


Bernideen said...

These look delicious! Merry Christmas!

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Cathy said...

This is my favorite way to prepare root vegetables and will serve this along side our Christmas roast.

Happiest holiday best wishes to you and your family, Martha.

Mary Bergfeld said...

These sound wonderful Martha. Have a wonderful week. Blessings...Mary

Pondside said...

I think I'm addicted to roasted root vegetables - nothing is nicer as a side dish on a winter evening.