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French Fridays: Spiced Butter Glazed Carrots

I missed posting a recipe last week because I’ve been down and out with pnuemonia for the last two weeks.  I most likely won’t make the leek and potato soup that’s on tap this month in my weeks absence.  Today was the first day I have been feeling much like being up and around in the kitchen.  I think that a little sickness was good for my creativity in the kitchen though!  I have been able to develop a handful of new recipes and test them with great results!

This recipe however is not my own.  Today like every Friday, the recipe comes from Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.  I was really excited to try this dish but a little apprehensive too.  I’m not big on cooked carrots.  The recipe was really easy and it made a great side dish to a chicken meal that I had made for lunch.

I started off with a handful of organic carrots and cut them into smaller segments and in half.  I would suggest quartering them to cook a little faster.  
Like every good French recipe there’s plenty of butter in this recipe!  An interesting twist is the cardamom, onions and ginger that round out the recipe.  I didn’t have any cardamom pods or ginger root so I had to settle for powder.  
Toss carrots in and allow the vegetable to soften.  The recipe also calls for white wine but as a non-alcohol family I substituted chicken broth.  
After allowing the broth to cook down you end with a nice glaze for the carrots.
My husband didn’t like it much but he doesn’t really like any vegetable.  My mom really liked them and I have a mixed review. I think the carrots could have been a little more firm.  Also cardamom is a flavor that you have to acquire a taste for.  I like it but it was a little overpowering in this dish.    
Participants in this cooking club do not publish the complete recipes but I would encourage you to pick up a copy of the cookbook.  I have 1/2 the cookbook dog-eared to try! Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours


  1. So sorry to hear about the pneumonia – glad you're feeling much better!! :) The carrots look lovely. I'm thinking about saving them for Christmas dinner… haven't decided what's next!

  2. Thanks for visiting@Steph, Cher and Allison! I'm on the mend! @Elaine – I'll have to give those ideas a shot!

  3. I made the carrots as well. Twice as a matter of fact. The first time I used the cracked cardamom and the second time, I used ground. I much preferred the first way. I was afraid they were going to be too soft and started testing for doneness as soon as I could. I also used less chicken stock than called for in the recipe and that seemed to help. Hope you are up and feeling better soon!

  4. Sorry you've been sick. Your carrots look tasty!!

  5. Hope you are feeling better. I am very curious to try these carrots – it sounds like chicken is a good choice to pair them with.

  6. Those carrots look gorgeous! Here's to feeling better!

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