5 Fun Facts about Broccolette:
1/ Broccolette is to broccolini what Shannalee is to Shanna. (It’s just another way of saying the same thing.) It also goes by several other names, according to Wikipedia, among them asparation, asparations, bimi, broccoletti, and tenderstem. Tenderstem!
2/ If you should find yourself wanting to connect with broccolini on social media, you will find instead a nice blonde girl from England.
3/ But if you look up the tag #broccolini on Instagram, you will find there are already 7641 photos of the cruciferous beauty! For #broccolette, however, only 264. (I like going by Shanna better, too)
4/ For my money, the best way to eat broccolette would be roasted, the way Hannah does with regular broccoli here.
5/ But after you’ve been making something a certain way for three years, it’s not a bad idea to expand your horizons, which is what prompted me to try slow-cooked broccolette for this post. The process is just as simple as roasting: Melt oil in a stockpot; add chopped broccolette, garlic, lemon juice, salt, crushed red pepper, and water; bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cover for an hour; remove lid and cook off liquids. Bam. You don’t even need a recipe for that, I know, but I’ve included one below. It’s adapted from Chez Panisse Cooking, which is:
5 Fun Facts Not about Broccolette
1/ I listened to an episode of “This American Life” last month about seven things you’re not supposed to talk about in polite conversation, and I’ve been trying to stop myself from talking about all seven things ever since.
2/ I know Thanksgiving’s over, but if you’re ever looking for an easy cranberry sauce, this one from Simply Recipes has my vote. It was a welcome side dish at our impromptu, intimate Friendsgiving last Saturday night, although less welcome in the baked good I tried to repurpose it in a few days later.
3/ If you find a recipe card in your grandma’s recipe files marked “cream rolls,” but the ingredients list reads more like “pie crust,” go with your gut. You and your husband might not mind eating pie crust stuffed with nuts and cranberry sauce, but most people would.
4/ Little Seed Farm makes me proud to be from Tennessee. We bought a few soaps from this Lebanon, TN-based farm earlier this week, and everything from the packaging to the ingredients lists blew me away. Check them out on Etsy!
5/ These words from my friend Carrie’s blog filled up my heart.