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Recipe

Honey-Roasted Carrots


Ingredients

3 to 4 Bunches (depending on size) fresh carrots, peeled
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
2 T honey
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cut the carrots into thirds, crosswise on a sharp diagonal.

Bring salted water to a boil in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Let carrots steam until just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and place in a bowl. Toss with the oil, honey, salt and pepper.

Place the carrots on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 25 minutes. Loosen them from the baking sheet with a spatula. Adjust the seasonings to taste and place in a serving bowl.

This delicious side-dish recipe is from Christy Bond, producer of Woman to Woman, who says it is a quick way to serve up this healthy vegetable while still keeping an eye on her two little guys!

Vern, "The Starving Farmer", in Arcadia, Michigan, supplies me with "real" carrots in late summer. I'm talking 20 lbs. of "real" carrots--bright orange and crisp with pencil-size centers, not large, tough ones. This may be how carrots tasted in the Garden of Eden! No comparison to carrots from the store -- none. I juice one pound of them with a fresh, unpeeled apple (sliced) and a handful of fresh parsley to jump start my morning!

Vern is the local spotter for things like big cat footprints on the beach and deer being born in the clearing outside his place. He keeps up with neighboring farmers who help each other out. His acreage is for sale, FYI. I hope they don't make a car lot out of it like they did where I live year-round on the Mississippi River "bottoms." When our four kids were young, we'd go to area farms to cut spinach and asparagus and pick green beans, beets and onions. I put them up for the winter in my freezer. It was some of the most fertile soil in the world and yielded great crops, including making the area the "horseradish capitol of the world!" Now, much of the good earth is covered with asphalt for car dealerships and strip malls. This kind of "progress" gives me pause!

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