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Roasted Beets


  • 4             Beets  (unpeeled, medium-sized – about the size of a tennis ball)
  • 2 TB       Lucini Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp      Lucini Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tsp      Orange Juice (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp  Salt


Peel the beets, chop the tops off and remove the tail-like root end of the beet and discard.  Cut each beet into eight sections (or halve small beets), as you would cut an apple for pie.  Put the beets on a baking sheet.

Emulsify the vinegar and orange juice in the olive oil.  Add the salt and stir.  Drizzle one half of this mixture over the beets to coat well.  Roast until they are soft and well caramelized (40-60 minutes, depending on the size of the beets).

Toss the beets gently with the remainder of the olive oil mixture before serving.  Season to taste with vinegar, salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Garnish with fresh herbs and/or onion for color, if so desired (i use mint parsley, thyme, chives, scallions, red onion or chervil – whatever I have on hand).


Mashed Potatoes with Olive Oil

I came up with this recipe after wondering whether one could make tasty mashed potatoes with out dairy.  The obvious fill in was olive oil and using the best infused oils gives you an amazing dish – one that will pleasantly surprise your Thanksgiving guests.



Cut your potatoes into even, large chunks (2 inches is optimal) and boil in salted water until they are just cooked through (12-20 minutes).  Strain under cool water to stop the cooking process.

Meanwhile, in 1/4 C olive oil, cook the garlic on medium-low heat until it just turns golden (3-6 minutes).  Pour this mixture into a bowl.  Add the salt, paprika, turmeric, black pepper, lemon juice, vinegar and remaining olive oils.   Whisk until well mixed.

Mash your potatoes (if you use a food mill, etc., process the potatoes now) and then add to your serving bowl. Add the olive oil mixture and stir until well distributed.  For some color, top with chives or scallions.

Grilled Leeks



Cut off the bottom end and top, rough green stalks , then remove the external layer of skin from the leeks.  Cut into even 1-inch discs and then soak in a large bowl of cold water for 15 minutes to remove any sediment.  Rinse the leeks in strainer or colander, then place in another large bowl.  Add the olive oil, vinegar, paprika, salt and pepper and marinate for 10 minutes.  Heat your grill pan outside on a grill or on your stovetop until the pan is fully heated (10 minutes outside, 5 inside).  Add the leek discs to the pan, flat-side down.  Cook on medium-high for 6 minutes until the leeks are browned.  Turn and cook for five more minutes on the other flat side.  Remove the leeks and place back to the marinade bowl.  Add the basil-infused olive oil and lemon juice, toss, and serve.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Pancetta

If you prep everything before hand ( I do it the night before), you can complete this entire recipe while your turkey is resting.  That way, you can serve the dish hot and the smell of the sprouts wafts through the air  and mixes with that wonderful turkey aroma!  I also make the stuffing the day before and then cook in the oven with the Brussels Sprouts – just start the stuffing 10 minutes before the veggies.



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Heat oil over medium heat in a skillet or oven-safe pan.  Add the pancetta and cook until golden brown and just crisp.  Remove the pancetta to a plate lined with paper towels and remove any access oil.  Add the onion to the pan and cook until soft.  Add the Brussels Sprouts and toss to combine, then season with salt and pepper and roast in the oven until the sprouts are cooked through and golden brown (about 15-20 minutes).  Remove the vegetables from the oven and stir in the infused oils and fig balsamic.  Top with the reserved pancetta and parmigiano-reggiano before serving.

Roasted Broccoli

Broccoli has more vitamin C than an orange and as much calcium as a glass of milk.  Just one medium spear has three times more fiber than a slice of wheat bran bread.  And broccoli is one of the richest sources of vitamin A in the produce section.  Broccoli is also rich in isothiocyanates — chemicals shown to stimulate the body’s production of its own cancer-fighting substances – “phase two enzymes.”

This simple recipe will have even broccoli-haters reaching for a second helping – it is so much tastier than boiled broccoli!



Preheat oven to 450°F.  Using a peeler, remove the tough outer layer of the broccoli stalks.  Cut the broccoli lengthwise keeping the stalk and broccoli florets intact.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss to coat and roast until nicely caramelized, about 15 minutes.  Remove the broccoli from the oven, turn pieces over and then drizzle the garlic infused oil and parmesan over the broccoli. Roast until the broccoli begins to brown and the parmesan melts, about 6 minutes longer.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately.

Braised Red Cabbage



  • 1             Red Cabbage (outer leaves and core removed, chopped coarsely)
  • 2 TB       Lucini Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper (fresh, ground)
  • 1              Onion (sweet, sliced thin)
  • 2              Apples (sweet, chopped coarsely)
  • 1/4 tsp  Allspice (ground)
  • 2 tsp       Fennel Seeds
  • 1/2 C     Lucini Cherry Infused Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 LB   Bacon (smoked, high quality, cut into thin strips, optional – can substitute 2 tsp Smoked Paprika)


Pour the olive oil into a saucepan, heat on medium high, then add the bacon (or smoked paprika) and fennel seeds.  Cook until golden then add the onion and continue to cook, with the lid on, for a few more minutes until golden and sticky.  Add the apple, followed by the cabbage chunks, salt and pepper and the vinegar.  Stir everything together well.  Put the lid back on and continue to cook on a low heat for an hour, checking and stirring every so often.

  • 1 red cabbage, sliced 1/4 inches thick
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 2 sweet apples, quartered and sliced thin
  • 6 allspice berries, lightly crushed, wrapped in cheesecloth and tied
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses or cane syrup (the cane syrup is lighter in color)

Green Beans

anvilGreen beans are often served at Rosh Hashanah.  The word for green beans in Aramaic is derived from the Hebrew word rubiyah – “to grow”, so green beans are said to bring growth in the new year.   I added cherry tomatoes, as they tend to be finishing their season when the new year arrives.  The tasty vinaigrette is what makes this dish stand out – the infused oil and vinegar are each out-of-this-world and combine to make a delightful sauce for the vegetables.  Makes a great side dish with this brisket recipe and spinach-pomegranate salad.


  • 2 LB    Green Beans (any stems removed)


  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes (stemmed, cleaned well)


  • 10       Basil leaves


  • 2 TB   Lucini Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  • Salt



Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Emulsify the fig balsamic vinaigrette, garlic infused olive oil, mustard and 1/4 tsp salt (optional) to make a vinaigrette.

Place the basil leaves on the bottom of a baking dish and top each leaf with 2-3 tomatoes, a pinch of salt and 1/2 tsp olive oil.   Bake until the tomatoes are tender, but not collapsed, about 30-45 minutes.

Bring a large pot of water to boil and salt generously.  Cut the green beans in half, blanch them in the boiling water until tender, about 5 minutes.  Remove from pot and allow to cool.

When you are ready to serve the dish, heat 1 TB olive oil in a large frying pan then add the beans and saute, just until hot.  Plate the beans, remove the tomatoes from the baking pan with a slotted spoon and carefully place them atop the green beans.  Drizzle the vegetables with the vinaigrette and serve.