Brussel Sprouts with bacon, onions, and mushrooms

brussel sprouts with bacon

No need for oil or butter because everything is sautéed in sweet, delicious bacon fat. mmm. This might be one of my favorite things I’ve made this year. It’s easy, economical, and everybody loves it. It’s pretty much the total package when it comes to side dishes.

Serves 4

1 lb brussel sprouts
4 strips raw thick-cut bacon, chopped
1 cup red onion, diced
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper


1. Place brussel sprouts in a large pot filled with water and bring to a boil. cover and let them sit at medium-high heat for 20+ minutes. After time has passed, take one out and prod with a fork to test if it has softened.  When ready, drain brussel sprouts in the sink and let them cool. Once they are cool, cut the sprouts in halves, lengthwise.

2. In a large non-stick pan, cook bacon on medium heat until it starts to brown, about 5 minutes.  Add mushrooms and onions and continue to cook while stirring, for about 5-7 minutes. Lastly, add the brussel sprouts and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the sides start to brown. Take off heat and stir in brown sugar,  garlic powder, and pepper. Let sit for a few minutes. Serve.

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lemon thyme sugar cookies

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These are inspired from the amazing rosemary cookies my friend Katie made at a holiday party last year.  I decided to revisit the lemon-thyme combo from Martha Stewart’s vodka thyme lemonade and apply it to dessert (then maybe drinks again too).

This recipe  involves a basic sugar cookie mix. I generally prefer to bake cookies from scratch (see manifesto) but sometimes even the standard sugar cookie calls for some outsourcing.


1 pouch of sugar cookie mix
1 stick of butter (or whatever the pouch dictates)
1 egg (or whatever the pouch dictates. listen to the pouch. pouch pouch pouch.)
2 tbsp thyme
1 tsp lemon zest

2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp water


1. Preheat oven to 350. Combine cookie ingredients in a medium bowl. Beat with electric mixer until smooth.  Using a heaping teaspoon, drop dough roughly 2 inches on to the a lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Move cookies to some parchment or wax paper on the counter for the icing!

2. Combine icing ingredients in a small bowl and stir until blended. Pour over each cookie and give at least 5-10 minutes to let it dry.