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If At First You Don’t Succeed…Roast, Roast Again

January 31, 2011

So, you know how in my earlier post, I explained how the vegetables were a little disappointing at our dinner party last night?  To explain again, they were just kind of…meh.  I had to crowd the roasting pan, so they ended up getting steamed rather than roasted.  Plus, the potatoes and the parsnips were still undercooked.  In all, I was pretty disappointed with the way they turned out.

Well, for dinner tonight, I decided to give them another go.  This time, I spread them very evenly on baking sheets, making sure to give each veggie enough room to breathe roast:

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And, whaddya know…they turned out perfect! I guess you really do have to pay attention to things like cooking method.  These veggies were capital D Delicious—crispy on the outside, with nice, sweet caramelization going on and a soft, pillowy interior. 

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We served ours with tamari-roasted chickpeas and goat cheese, all over field greens and topped with balsamic dressing. 

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This meal was great…but I only wish the veggies had been this good LAST night!!!  Casey, Rachael, Nick, Emily, Nick, and Marcy—if ANY of you are reading this, I promise—the next time we have you over, I’ll serve you roasted veggies that are done up RIGHT! 🙂

Oh well.  The chocolate tart, not surprisingly, was equally delicious tonight:

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Mmmmm…perfect end for a Sunday night supper!

Oh! Before I sign off for the night, you’ll be happy to know—progress is being made on the room! We finished the sanding this morning:

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Got a coat of stain on by early afternoon:

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And are about to head upstairs to do the second coat! It’s really coming along now…

Goodnight!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2011 2:12 am

    ahhh gorgeousness! the food AND the floors!

  2. January 31, 2011 2:27 am

    Glad the veggies turned out well this time, and the floor is looking great!

  3. January 31, 2011 2:41 am

    the floors look amazing, great work!

    so does that choco torte 🙂

    “crispy on the outside, with nice, sweet caramelization going on and a soft, pillowy interior. “–if there could be a perfect description of roasted veggies, you have succeeded. I want to race out and roast. With enough breathing room!

  4. thehungryscholar permalink
    January 31, 2011 3:03 am

    I love roasting veggies.

    Good job on the floors!

  5. January 31, 2011 3:41 am

    Yum roasted potatoes are one of my fav foods. Combining that with goat cheese = amazing.

  6. January 31, 2011 4:03 am

    I always stack veggies on the silpat and get very even cooking because of the PBS convection-like cooking. You should be able to, as well. I’ll send you my tips and a picture.

  7. January 31, 2011 5:04 am

    The roasted veggies look great, like a total success. 🙂

    And the room is looking awesome, you two are so fast! That would have taken us weeks. 😛

  8. January 31, 2011 5:05 am

    Roasted veggies can be so delicious it’s hard for me to believe that some people don’t like veggies- they just haven’t had them prepared well!

    Great job on the room- it looks great!

  9. actorsdiet permalink
    January 31, 2011 6:14 am

    ah that’s a gorgeous floor – the veggies are beautiful too!

  10. January 31, 2011 1:42 pm

    Those taters look especially delicious! And love the stain on the floor.

  11. January 31, 2011 1:46 pm

    I love love love roasted veggies on salads. So good. And those floors are looking fantastic. I have some floors that need to be redone – got some free time to come over????

    • January 31, 2011 7:15 pm

      Ha, sure! Will you pay me in stew and sweet potato fries?! 😉

  12. January 31, 2011 2:12 pm

    WOW! The room is really coming along- how exciting!! I love me some roasted veggies- especially parsnips. Glad your second roasting experience turned out much better! The salad looks fantastic

  13. January 31, 2011 3:01 pm

    The veggies look perfect! I hate when I make something wrong for my guests. It irritates me when I know I should have done it a different way and they just aren’t what I was looking for. The floors look beautiful!

  14. January 31, 2011 3:05 pm

    Gotta love some roasted veg! The room is gorgeous-nice work on those floors!

  15. January 31, 2011 4:19 pm

    Nothing tops roasted veggies in my book!

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