Winner of Your Best Green Holiday Side

October 29, 2014

Congratulations to Bevi, whose Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears and Pistachios won the contest for Your Best Green Holiday Side

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
My grandmother cooked and baked constantly for her hotel guests in the summer. We ate all of our meals with her the rest of the year, as well. I helped her mix, stir, make applesauce, knead bread, start soups, and bake cakes and pies. Cooking has been a huge part of my life since I was a child.

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Working in the hotel kitchen with my family (my mom was in charge of cold appetizers and salads; my dad took on the entrées and desserts) instilled a great work ethic in my sisters and me -- especially when it came to preparing, assembling, serving, and cooking for crowds. Hearing my mom, dad, and grandmother receive thanks from our guests taught me that it's a real blessing to cook and share food with friends and family.

What's your least favorite kitchen task? 
I am a messy cook, so cleaning up after myself is depressing. I try my best to clean as I go, but sometimes it's just not happening.   


Your favorite kitchen tool? 
I like my Microplane, but the large metal spatula in the photo above is a tool my dad loved -- for that reason, I use it often.

What is your idea of comfort food?
Almost any leftover is comfort food for me, as well as jam and a slice of hard cheese on crackers. I am also a fan of potato chips inside my sandwiches

What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
Kitchen disasters occur weekly: Two weeks ago, I cut myself badly with a knife. Last week, a "heatproof" platter filled with Mediterranean poppers exploded.

First photo by Alpha Smoot, last two photos by Bevi, all others by James Ransom

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BlueKaleRoad November 3, 2014
Congratulations, Bevi! This is a marvelous dish and I look forward to making it. Love reading about your time in the kitchen cooking with your family!
Bevi November 3, 2014
Thank you Hannah! It was an interesting and special time in our lives. Enjoy the dish. I love checking out your store website.
BlueKaleRoad November 3, 2014
Thanks, Bevi! I'm having fun with it. :)
ChefJune October 31, 2014
If I cook Thanksgiving this year, I think I'll make this. Pears and brussels sprouts together sound so good. Congratulations!
Bevi October 31, 2014
Thank you Chef! I hope you do make the dish!
healthierkitchen October 30, 2014
congrats! this is definitely on the menu!
Bevi October 30, 2014
I am so glad to hear that! Enjoy the day, Wendy!
Kukla October 30, 2014
Many, many warm congratulations on the win Bevi!!!
Well deserved, this is a beautiful recipe!!!
Bevi October 30, 2014
Thank you so much, dear Kukla.
drbabs October 29, 2014
So happy for you!
Bevi October 30, 2014
Thank you so much!
drbabs November 1, 2014
Bevi, I made the brussels sprouts for dinner the other night. So, so good. Thanks for a great recipe.
Bevi November 8, 2014
I am happy to hear you enjoyed the brusslies. High Praise!
Panfusine October 29, 2014
Congratulations Bevi!
Bevi October 30, 2014
Thank you Niv!
inpatskitchen October 29, 2014
Warmest Congrats Bevi!!
Bevi October 29, 2014
Thank you Pat!
hardlikearmour October 29, 2014
Yay, Bevi! I love jam + cheese on rosemary table water crackers.
Bevi October 29, 2014
lapadia October 29, 2014
Bravo, yay Bevi!!
Bevi October 29, 2014
Thank you Linda!
aargersi October 29, 2014
Congratulations Bevi! Yum! Please expand on Mediterranean Poppers!!!
lapadia October 29, 2014
Yes, how about those Poppers?
Bevi October 29, 2014
Lapadia has a great recipe for Mediterranean poppers that my chef friend in the photo above always asks me to make when we do parties. Fortunately, with a wonton pack of 50, I was able to make a second batch in 20 minutes flat. So the disaster was averted in the long run!