Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples, Candied Pecans, and Dijon-Thyme Vinaigrette

I have to say, the culinary comeback of the brussels sprout is pretty spectacular.  What trendy neighborhood spot worth its salt doesn’t have a roasted brussels sprout on their apps list?  Not many…. If you were a child of the 80s and 90s, you probably remember the unseasoned steamed variety.  I hated them.  I probably still would.  Who would want green steamed mush?  Or worse yet, when they weren’t all the way cooked and the parents demanded I eat my veggies.  Mush or partially raw woody sprouts?  Not sure which I hated more. So with a million delicious varieties of roasted sprouts making a comeback in recent years,  myself and…

Horseradish Mashed Potato Pie with Herbed Mushroom Gravy

Hearty dishes don’t always mean meat.  This vegetarian main course or side dish is Thanksgiving ready!  The saucy gravy base is packed with mushrooms, fresh herbs, veggies, bulgar, a generous glug or two of red wine, and a lil bit of butter!  With horseradish yukon gold mashed potatoes on top and a little…. okay, maybe a lot of butter. Vegetarians and non-veggie eaters went in for scoop after scoop of this goodness!  So good!  The flavors fit right in alongside or instead of turkey!  If you aren’t sure about mushrooms, trust me, you want their flavor in this dish.  But maybe its more of a texture thing for ya, so just…

Stuffed Acorn Squash

When I was a kid, my favorite Thanksgiving food was stuffing! My family makes a sage stuffing recipe. I thought it was heaven on earth.   Probably because I had no idea other types of stuffing existed! When I discovered the wonders of oyster stuffing and sausage-apple stuffing, my eyes were opened to the world of options! My mom and extended family really like their staples. They rarely venture far from them. They make this stuffing with bread that I can only describe as the most basic white sandwich bread you can buy. Friends, what happens to basic white sandwich bread when it gets even a tiny bit wet? It turns…

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…

Homemade Pumpkin Pasta with Pecan Sage Finishing Oil

For me, there is nothing quite like the taste of handmade pasta!  I know its with a blog name like Almost Properly, its not shocking that I prefer a less than perfect looking hand vs. machine cut pasta.  We’ll call it rustic style. Pasta rustico. 😉 For me the pasta making process is magical, nostalgic, and darn-near therapeutic.  I love the rolling, slicing, and arranging.  I love the boiling, saucing, and plating.  And of course, eating is the very best part.  Loving the hearty rustic nature of this pasta in all its simple sauced wonder. Since its fall, I made handmade pasta with pumpkin!  In this recipe, pureed pumpkin replaces the eggs in…
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