Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Roasted Carrots with Parsley and Thyme

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Tonight's recipe is one of the simple side dishes that I made for the early Thanksgiving dinner we shared with friends several weeks ago. These herb roasted carrots are delicious and they are very easy to prepare. The recipe was developed by Martha Rose Shulman for the New York Times and it is one of those simple treasures that's really nice to have in your recipe quiver, especially if you entertain a lot or have a large family to feed. You will love the play of the bitter herbs against the sweetness of the carrots and the ease with which this recipe comes together. While I do hope you'll give this recipe a try, what I really want to share with you tonight are memories of bologna sandwiches, my daddy and Chicago ward politics during WWII. My dad, a victim of tuberculosis who had a collapsed lung, had been rejected by all branches of the armed services. He keenly felt the rejection and his patriotism and need to serve led him to seek other venues. He actually flew with the Air Transport Command for several months before his x-rays caught up with him and he was grounded yet again. When he was sent home, he devoted himself to the civilian war effort and became an air raid warden and was elected an alderman following a stint as a ward precinct captain. As a young man he had been a union organizer so he was well suited for both jobs and took them seriously. While we didn't have a lot of air raids in Chicago, we had drills aplenty, and, should enemy aircraft miraculously stray into the midwestern heartland, my daddy was  ready for them. Now, for those of you who younger than me, or are unfamiliar with ward politics in Chicago all those years ago, an alderman was basically a fixer/enforcer who delivered votes in return for favors. On election day, lists of voters were checked and those who had not yet exercised their civic responsibilities were found and encouraged to do so. It was a door-to-door effort and my dad really got to know the people in his ward. Their births, deaths, hopes and dreams were etched into his cortex and if help should be needed, he would be the first to offer assistance. He was a complex man, but he had a special affinity for the least, the lost and the lonely. Certain practices, now frowned upon, were commonplace back then, so free drinks at the local tavern and walking around or street money  were a fixture of the political scene. Street money, then and now, is a legal financial perk given to local party officials by an electoral candidate's campaign in exchange for the official's support in turning out voters on election day. Back then, it bought a shot and a beer or a bologna sandwich and election day itself was a social event that brought the neighborhood together. In retrospect, it seems to me that we have traveled miles to nowhere since then. Money is threatening to consume our electoral process, and while it is getting harder and harder for the voices of individuals to be heard, we owe it to ourselves to continue trying. Please vote!  Scream if you must, but vote. Someone is listening.

Roasted Carrots with Parsley and Thyme
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bitecourtesy of The New York Times

2 pounds carrots, peeled quartered or cut into sixths lengthwise (depending on the size), then into 2-inch lengths
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon oregano
3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley


1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Oil a sheet pan or a baking dish large enough to fit all carrots in a single layer. Place carrots in a large bowl, and toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme and oregano.
2) Spread in an even layer in prepared pan or baking dish. Cover with foil, and place in oven for 30 minutes. Uncover, and if carrots are not yet tender, turn heat down to 375 degrees and return to oven until tender, about 10 to 15 more minutes. Add parsley, stir gently, and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature. Yield: Serves six.

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Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I was wondering what I could do a bit different with the carrots tonight, you must have read my mind. Thanks for this one. Take care Diane

Veronica Miller said...

I mailed my vote in early. Thank you for sharing about your father, he sounds like he was a wonderful man. Speaking of wonderful, what a nice carrots dish you served at your early T-day dinner! It is so pretty, too.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Roasting vegetables is my "new" favorite, as in last few years, way to have them. These sounds delicious.

Mary, I really enjoyed hearing about your Dad's involvement with politics and his fire to serve our country. blessings ~ tanna

From the Kitchen said...

Thanks for sharing your dad with us this morning-especially this morning. The Baker and I are election day voters and will be leaving shortly to stand in line with neighbors and strangers.


kitchen flavours said...

The carrots look so good! Bookmarked to try! Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

Cranberry Morning said...

Sounds delicious, Mary! My herbs are now indoors, sitting on the windowseat upstairs. They spend all winter dying a tiny bit - but as long as they hang in there until spring when I can set them outdoors again, I'm fine with that. So I'll go cut those herbs and make these delicious carrots for dinner! Thank you.♥

Linda A. Thompson-Ditch said...

These carrots sound delicious. I always forget about cooked carrots as a veggie side dish, instead looking towards green beans, corn or broccoli. Thanks for the reminder.

Shug said...

I did early voting and proud that I did.. the lines can be very intimidating. I encourage ALL AMERICANS to get to the poles and VOTE.
Our family loves carrots! I know this recipe is good!

David said...

Mary, Actually roasted is my favorite way to serve and eat carrots! It really brings out the flavor...but I haven't tried it yet with thyme... We voted early! Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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