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Thyme-Scented Roasted Vegetables

Why didn’t anyone serve vegetables like this when I was a kid?? They not only look beautiful with their glossy jewel tones and crispy caramelized edges, but they have amazing flavor. Mmmm…crunchy, slightly salty, accented with the sweetness of fresh thyme. Best of all, the roasting process could not be easier! Try these as a side dish to a holiday ham or turkey, or just them shine alone as a vegetarian course. Make sure you save the leftovers—just warm them up and arrange them atop fresh greens for a healthy and delicious salad.

Thyme-Scented Roasted Vegetables
Makes about 8 servings

6 cups assorted fresh vegetables (such as brussels sprouts, beets, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, and onion)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon sea salt
Fresh ground pepper, to taste

• Preheat oven to 450°F.
• Rinse and lightly scrub vegetables. Dry thoroughly. Pare vegetables if necessary. Cut all vegetables into uniform pieces, about 1 inch each.
• In large bowl, toss vegetables with olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper.
• Grease the bottom of a shallow roasting pan (not glass) or jelly-roll pan. Spread the vegetables in the pan in a single layer. Do not crowd the vegetables.
• Roast vegetables, stirring every ten minutes, about 30 minutes or until tender and lightly browned.

Heather

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Pumpkin Turkey Centerpiece

Searching for a creative centerpiece or whimsical hostess gift for Thanksgiving? Meet Tom Turkey.

Although I am not what you would call a crafty person, I made Tom in less than 5 minutes! Seriously, I did.

Handcrafted by artisan Jeff Krause, the handpainted metal head, feathers and feet of this turkey are easily poked in to your own pumpkin or gourd, and voilà!  I found one of Jeff’s kits in a local gift shop for $19.95, but I googled and the kit can be ordered for $15 plus shipping from The Rusty Crow. Each kit comes with 5 feathers, 2 feet and a head.

I actually bought my kit to mail to my sister as a gift, but I liked it so much I kept it. That’ll just be our little secret…

Heather

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