Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Roasted Carrots with White Balsamic Vinegar

I think I might be addicted to roasted vegetables.  I find myself craving them, quite frequently.  Something about roasting them in olive oil brings out their natural sweetness, and that sweetness juxtaposed with the saltiness of the sea salt that gets sprinkled over them and that seeps in as they cook, is just heavenly.  I recently acquired some special white balsamic vinegar, imported from Italy, the kind that comes in a very small bottle because it is expensive (I think, though I don't know how much it cost because it was a gift) and has concentrated flavor.  The kind that is of such high quality that you really can almost drink it by itself.  It has a sort of sweet flavor if you just put a dab on your tongue.  I had used it in with olive oil in a salad dressing, but that did not seem to do it justice.  I thought that if I roasted vegetables in olive oil and then just drizzled a little bit of this wonderful vinegar over them, the vinegar would give the dish a nice oomph and take it to another level.  I was right.  I had never roasted carrots before, but am sure these would have been tasty even before I drizzled the special vinegar over them.  But the vinegar gave it pizzaz, something extra.  I got the idea for covering the carrots during the first part of roasting from Cook's Illustrated, but the rest of it is my idea (they used butter in the recipe I saw).
1 lb. carrots
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
white balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Cut carrots in half crosswise, then quarters lengthwise.   Spread in single layer on baking sheet (I cover with foil, for easy cleanup) and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Cover pan tightly with foil and bake for 15 minutes, then remove foil cover, stir, and roast about 30 minutes more, tossing periodically, until done.  You can tell they are done because they just start to get brown and crispy looking. 

Drizzle white balsamic vinegar sparingly over all before serving.  Serves 4.


  1. Looks great! I'm making it tonight (although with non-white balsamic vinegar).