Honey Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you had to guess, what would you think the most popular recipe on Almost Properly is?  Never in a million years would I have guessed that it would be a recipe for roasted brussels sprouts.  These honey balsamic brussels sprouts to be  exact. Want to know something else, guess what the second mod popular recipe has been?  Another roasted brussels sprouts recipe.  These honey dijon brussels sprouts. So its safe to say that roasted brussels sprouts are having a moment…. or two. Its so ironic because as a kid I remember my mom serving steamed brussels sprouts with zero seasoning – because thats how my Mom served all steamed…

Summer Salads and Sides: Roasted Artichokes and Smoky Baba Ganoush

Artichokes and aubergine. Here in the PNW, both are August staples! Did you know that? Artichokes, aubergine and August. The aliteration doesn’t lie. Well, actually that’s probably not a good rule of thumb. Both of their prime seasons extend well into September, but that’s just not as convenient for my attempt at creative prose;) Regardless, artichokes and eggplant are at their peak in the same month! Let me try that again. Two of my all-time favorite veg are at their peaks Right. Now!!! Run, don’t walk to your friendly farmers’ market and snag one of each because we are roasting up some artichokes and making the creamiest, smokiest baba ganoush!…

Father’s Day and Hashbrowns

I was probably 16 or 17 before we ever actually celebrated father’s day.  Not because I didn’t have a father.  I do!  A great one! He wasn’t absent in mid-June each year by coincidence.  Every summer is the commercial salmon fishing season in Alaska.  So, it was just the nature of his industry.  His dad was in the seafood world, and his brother is too.  My dad would leave in mid-May for southeast Alaska and we all would follow as soon as school let out at the end of June.  We would return at the end of August and my dad would come home in Mid-september.  As a young kid,…

Girls’ Night in 5 – Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Compote a la Mode

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. Spring time goes with rhubarb like April Showers and May flowers.  Seattle usually extends the month designated for showers a bit longer than preferable.  Still the farmers market and the co-op where I buy most of my produce are teeming with locally grown, long, tart rhubarb stalks. Living in Seattle, rhubarb is my metaphorical rainbow or olive branch.…

What to make for Mother’s Day: Mediterranean Feast! – Moroccan chicken and Roasted Onions

This post is part of the “What to make for Mother’s Day” series.  This post is part 1 of a 2 part Mediterranean feast tutorial.  You can find part 2 here.   Mother’s day is just around the corner and instead of brunch, or tea or traditional mother’s day faire.  I wanted to share something a bit out of the ordinary for mother’s day this year:  An easy to make Middle Eastern Feast! With a bit of planning ahead, this meal can come together in a flash!!  Everyone in our house loves the interactive nature of this meal it and alllllll of the sauce options that go with it. Today,…
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