Sheet Pan Veggies

Close up of Sheet Pan VeggiesVeggie Blues
Winter cooking can get a little boring. As much as I love potatoes, I do actually get tired of them. Cabbage, squashes, carrots, and fennel are great, but it is only January, and I am already longing for spring’s seasonal offerings. Something a little bit more exciting…

Sure, I could buy the stuff that comes from the Southern hemisphere where different veggies are in season but it’s not the same. I bought a tomato the other night to have as a garnish for the gyros I made for dinner. And, my husband commented that I hadn’t eaten any. After twenty-plus years you would think that he would pick up on my quirks…and refusing to eat out-of-season tomatoes is definitely one of my quirks. That being said, I find myself craving all things green, leafy, and rooty lately—which is somewhat out of character. I also want comfort. In essence, I am rather high-maintenance culinarily right now.

So, what does one do when one desires some tasty veggies that are interesting yet also comforting? Throw everything on a sheet pan, toss with your favorite herb blend and some olive oil, and see what happens…

You can get creative with the flavor profiles. It’s as easy as switching up the spice blend.

Sheet Pan Veggies
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The Jack Rose

Photo of the classic The Jack Rose cocktailThe Jack Rose Cocktail takes its name from its main ingredient and its rosy color. Its ingredients are applejack (apple brandy), lemon juice, and grenadine. This classic cocktail has been popular since the 1920s. As with many classic cocktails, the Jack Rose has a balance of sweet and sour to accent the base liquor. You can adjust the amount of lemon juice and grenadine to suit your personal taste.

Applejack is similar to apple brandy with a mellower flavor. It is often made with a blend of apple brandy and neutral grain spirits. The result is a strong liquor (often bottled at 80 proof) with a rich apple flavor that’s perfect for cocktails like this.

Applejack provides a subtly fruity base to the Jack Rose that merges effortlessly with the lemon and grenadine. Good grenadine is essential when making this cocktail, as it’s the only source of sweetness to balance the flavors.

Note: You can skip the bright-red versions that are laden with artificial ingredients, and instead try making your own with pomegranate juice and sugar. It’s simple and effective.

Jack Rose Recipe
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2023 OMCA White Elephant Sale

Photo of a mural for 2023 OMCA White Elephant Sale A curated selection of one-of-a-kind treasures
Get the rush of adrenaline from snagging that one-of-a-kind item you can’t find anywhere else at the 2023 OMCA White Elephant Sale. Over the course of an entire year, volunteers collect, sort, and repair a massive selection of donated goods Read more…