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Changes & Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts

January 10, 2012

Kids leave the nest. Kids come back to the nest. Kid leave the nest again. Our JD/MBA son just left, not only the nest, but town – he has moved out west, excited about the opportunities that await, opportunities that have not materialized locally since his graduation.

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All the stuff that had been stowed in the attic since last spring was loaded into his high-mileage vehicle, which I refer to as the cellulite car. There was a devastating hail storm his last full semester in law school and the car would be “totaled” if he had tried to have it repaired by insurance, so the dimples joined the lost hubcap, bit of rust peeking around the edges of the hood & various others issues of a car that has been driven this many miles for this many years.

It’s always the final hug that gets me. I’m calm, helpful & in control emotionally until he wraps his arms around me & tells me he’s going to be fine. All of a sudden I can’t breathe & the tears start falling… which got me an extra hug & a flash of his gorgeous smile.

Our kids have no idea just how much we love them – they can’t – not until they have kids of their own.

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Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Our winter, vegetable CSA, Bountiful Blessings Farm, provided fresh Brussels Sprouts on the stalk just before Christmas. I wrote this recipe on the fly & was quite pleased with the result.


  • 3 slices good Bacon, no nitrites, nitrates or MSG!
  • 1 poundish fresh Brussels Sprouts, halved or quartered
  • 1 large Shallot, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon T’s House Seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar


  1. In a very large iron skillet, brown bacon until crisp, then remove from pan to drain; Crumble & set aside.
  2. In bacon drippings, sauté Brussels sprouts & shallot over medium heat until shallots are translucent.
  3. Sprinkle water, seasoning & pepper over top, cover with lid & reduce heat to low, cooking for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove lid, sprinkle vinegar & reserved bacon over all, toss & serve warm.
One Comment
  1. Pamalama permalink
    January 10, 2012 10:37 am

    You’re right about that gorgeous smile! Don’t forget his extemporaneous speaking abilities too! That’s one man that has it all.

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