Brussels sprouts get a terrible rap. On television, Brussels sprouts are a horrid vegetable no little kid wants to eat. Growing up, I never had Brussels sprouts and it wasn’t until I ate at my college dining hall that I had Brussels sprouts. And they lived up to their reputation as a horrid vegetable. Brussels sprouts can be quite bitter and bland, and those sprouts you need to avoid at all costs. A while passed after my first experience with Brussels sprouts until I saw a bag of Brussels sprouts in the freezer aisle and had the urge to give them a second try.
Pork pairs nicely with a smooth, buttery-tasting salsa.
Cream puffs look impressive, but they’re actually easy to make. In fact, the pastry itself is made of only four ingredients that you probably have right now– butter, water, flour, and eggs. Once you make the pastry, or the pate a choux you are free to vary the fillings and toppings, from sweet to savory. Today I’ve done a twist on the classic vanilla cream puff and flavored the filling with coffee that goes great with the dark chocolate and chopped nuts on top.