Fall Fest: Bodacious Brassicas

by Madeline Shores

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If you’re anything like us, you’re probably thinking “what the heck is a brassica?”

Brassicas are vegetables that belong to the brassicaceae or mustard family, and on the whole they’re referred to as cabbages. Regardless of their definition, we find them to be bites of deliciousness that are familiar and fun to play with every day, including cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. So for us, and probably you, brassica is a new name for things we already love. New to brassicas — or tired of the same old steamed cabbage? Come play in the kitchen with us.

Featured Recipes:

Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Prosciutto and Pecans

Champagne Glazed Cauliflower
Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Shredded Cabbage & Bailey’s Irish Cream Sauce

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Here’s what our other Fall Fest friends are cooking with brassicas this week. Go take a peek and leave a comment or recipe. You can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #fallfood.

Todd and Diane: White on Rice Couple
Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Mint
@whiteonrice

Paige: The Sister Project
Brussels Sprouts to Convert Even the Most Determined Haters

Liz: Healthy Eats
Kale 5 Ways (Including Kale Chips!)

Alison: Food2
All About Broccoli and Cauliflower
@Food2

Michelle: Cooking Channel
Cauliflower with Sweet Potatoes

Kirsten: Food Network
Cheesy Brussels Sprouts

Nicole: Pinch my Salt
Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Walnuts
@pinchmysalt

Alana: Eating from the Ground Up
Brussels Sprouts Gratin
@edability

Caron: San Diego Foodstuff
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar
@carondg

Food Network UK
Why I Love Cabbage Soup

Caroline: The Wright Recipes
Fresh Brussels Sprout Salad with Pears and Blue Cheese
@chefcaroline

HOW YOU CAN JOIN IN FALL FEST:
Each Wednesday for the rest of the fall, a group of blogging friends including those above will swap our recipes and tips about the following harvest-fresh ingredients. Here’s the schedule:

10/17 Sweet Potatoes
10/24 Bounty to Be Grateful For

We each post something and then link to one another, so that you can travel around the combined effort, gathering the goodies. Sharing makes the experience even better, so if you have a recipe or tip that fits any of our weekly themes, you can do either of the following:

  • Leave a comment on participating blogs with a link to your recipe/tip
  • Publish a post of your own, and grab the juicy Fall Fest 2010 badge (illustrated by Matt Armendariz of Mattbites)

We hope to see you in the kitchen!

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