Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Broccoli for all Seasons

Why doesn't summer, and the farmers' market, come right after Christmas?  This question is not for you people in parts of the country that have year-round markets.  You know who you are.  I want to be in your position.  Hmmm, maybe that would be a good vacation theme--just start in January traveling to areas where one could feast on locally grown produce (especially tomatoes) for a few days.  I can see the headline in the travel magazines--"Locavore Destinations".

After the delicious indulgences of the past few weeks, I'm craving simplicity.  A bunch of broccoli was enticingly tucked into one of the crisper drawers.  It was green and fresh and not in need of being swathed in a cheese sauce.  I do that--some kind of sauce--fairly often.  In fact, at the end of one of our long-distance moves while sitting on the floor and dining on a large yet unpacked box, my four-year old, viewing his microwaved broccoli, turned to me and asked "where is the hollandaise?"!!  

Here's our favorite broccoli dish for any season.  I photographed it in the pan because my husband, in passing, mentioned that it would be nice to have it hot.  Maybe I've been lingering too long over those food styling moments?

Broccoli sauteed with garlic

1 bunch fresh broccoli (about a pound)
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. chopped flat leaf parsley

1.  Place the broccoli spears into boiling salted water until they can easily be pierced with a fork--about five to seven minutes.  Drain immediately and set aside.  This can be done several hours ahead just don't refrigerate.
2.  In a skillet large enough to hold the broccoli in one layer, saute the garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until it colors slightly (about a minute).  Add the broccoli, salt and parsley and saute lightly for two to three minutes.

Serve hot.



  1. I love broccoli and this is my kind of recipe, easy, quick and healthy! Had posted something similar on my site too. Good to have come here from Fodessa' site. Best wishes.

    Lite Bite

  2. Broccoli with garlic, now that sounds OK too. I shall try that, Hugs xx

  3. It made me smile when your husband said he wanted to have it hot:D Sigh, what we bloggers go through to be creative...wink.

  4. It seems one of the things we foodie bloggers are starting to have in common...is our loved ones being patient while we take a decent photo of what we make. To be honest, I miss eating hot too ;o))

    Happy New Year Bonnie and looking forward to what else you've got up that sleeve of yours ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  5. I really like this broccoli nrecipe.... I'm going to cook them for dinner.... hugs and have a wonderful 2011, hugs Flavia

  6. OH YUM!!! I adore brocoli, your colors are so bright. This sounds like heaven to my tastebuds. Where is the 4 legged one? Did he learn his lesson?

  7. If you want to come to NYC to use our year-round market you are SO welcome! This broccoli looks wonderful though. I am so craving greens right now.

  8. hi from a place that has year round produce markets, sorry, had to say it. and I love broccoli, this is so easy and sounds delish

  9. I love broccoli, but I never thought about using garlic. This is one thing in which we can have all we want to eat!

  10. I hear you on the simplicity. That's what I enjoy about January. Life and house back to normal. Your broccoli looks delicious!

  11. I love the color of broccoli prepared this way. I also love the photo in your header. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  12. This is almost identical to my favorite broccoli recipe, but I add some red pepper flakes. So good!

  13. This broccoli dish is proof that simple is best. And after these past few weeks where I am still recovering from my food coma, this is perfect.


    P.S. I won't mention that I am from one of those year round local produce markets.

  14. Sometimes the simplest things are the best! I love broccoli, and have even roasted it. I also love to make broccoli cheese soup with potatoes in it.

  15. Simple is often the bast; broccoli is on our table at least once a week.

  16. We eat broccoli often. I just steam them and mix it with toasted garlic and butter. Never thought of adding parsley. Got to add some the the next time and I like that you use olive oil. Much healthier.

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  18. Ummm, I have broccoli in my fridge; perhaps that's a dinner veggie for tonight! Thanks for the recipe!

  19. When I was a kid I used to hate broccoli. Now they are one of my most loved veggies. I think I am going to like this dish. It is simple and delish!

  20. I just am totally smitten with broccoli but dang~it if I can't get the Hubs to eat it...no way...no how!

    God bless ya sweetie and have a magnificent New Year!!! :o)

  21. Hi Bonnie, I love broccoli--anyway I can get it. Your recipe sounds really good... I may try it...


  22. I really laughed, Bonnie, at your husbands comment. What are families have to endure for the sake . . . of THE BLOG.


  23. loved the simple n yummy stir fry ! healthy n very inviting !!

  24. I hear you about being ready for some simple, fresh food! The broccoli looks to fit the bill perfectly. And, your header is wonderful, creative photography, Bonnie!!

  25. That's a great shot of the broccoli! I've never made any kind of sauce for broccoli - I love it just as you've cooked it.

  26. This looks easy, delicious and perfect for my resolution to eat more veggies. :) Yum!


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