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Recipe: John Derian’s Roasted Carrots, Parsnips, and Shallots

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Here’s John Derian’s* recipe for Roasted Carrots, Parsnips, and Shallots from Martha Stewart Living (September 2009).

1.5 pounds medium carrots, scrubbed well (peel if you’d like)

1.5 pounds parsnips, scrubbed well (ditto on the peeling)

8 shallots, halved if large

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (I used all of it, but it would’ve been fine with less)

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Olive relish (I didn’t make this w/ my version, but email if you want the recipe)

Preheat oven to 450. Toss veggies and shallots with oil, and season with salt ‘n’ pepper. Spread mixture onto two baking sheets, and roast for about 35 minutes (til everything’s nice and browny- glazy looking). Turn veggies a couple of times while baking, and remove shallots if they get browned first. Eat lovely roasted veggies with your fingers (cause you didn’t make anything else to go with them, and who needs to dirty up another fork)?

(There were no parsnips at Whole Foods so I went with three pounds of carrots instead. The shallots didn’t caramelize that well; next time I think I need to chop them in half . . .though when I asked the farm lady if they were large—being sorely lacking in shallot-sizing experience—she declared them medium. That’s okay beautiful farm lady, I still heart you and your braided ponytails.)

*Go here to take a peek at John Derian’s home in Provincetown. Hmm, John Derian and P-town in the same sentence . . . yeah, that deserves a double SWOON.

Hitting the Links (9/16/09)

Wingsfor Web

Wings  in the breezeway at Ragdale Artist Retreat in Lake Forest, Illinois,  circa 2001

You can dress’er up. . . . I’m in serious heart with this vintage dresser, which I discovered courtesy of an Apartment Therapy house tour.

Take a breath. Okay, so I have two air purifiers that I never use because, well, they’re ugly. Maybe I can trade them in for enough cashola to buy this gorgeously organic-ish model, which I discovered by way of Cool Hunting.

Wallflower? So I’m still traumatized by the pink/green plaid wallpaper that hung in our kitchen in the house I mostly grew up in. Not to mention the hunting scene paper in my room and  the oversized foil floral in the master bedroom. (I liked the flocked shades-of-olive stripes in the dining room cause they felt nice.) But if I ever do splurge on wallpaper-aversion therapy, my first stop after I’m cured will definitely be Hang & Paste.

Guinness is good for you. Two of my faves in one–Hugo Guinness’s beautiful drawings and John Derian’s store. (And yes, I’m excited even though I’m really only catching a glimpse of the Derian store wall here.) Rumor has it that Mr. Derian now has a store in Provincetown, just one more reason why I need to get another fellowship there soon! (Thanks to dear ada for giving me today’s guinness fix.)

Don’t let the door hit you in the . . . A gallery of colorful and gorgeously rusted door hinges curated on Flickr by the fabulous ArtbyChristy. Can’t decide which one I’d actually want to hang on my wall as they’re all so evocative. Talk about “significant objects!” Think I may print them all and use them to jazz up my new office digs.

Domino redux? Launching this fall is Lonny magazine, an online-only decor mag from a former Domino editor. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

DIY to die for. Easy peasy how-to on creating a fabu fabric-covered headboard thanks to Grace the Groovy over at Design*Sponge.

Shady Lady. My friend Meaghan Mountford, who usually riffs on excellent edibles over at The Decorated Cookie, just bought a new house. Which means we get to “eavesdrop” as she puts her formidable DIY skills to use decorating her new digs, like making these nifty roller shades.  Given that this woman can draw Elvis on an Etch-a-Sketch, I’m planning on paying careful  attention.

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