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Is that a Geoduck or a Parsnip?

Imitating Ina, Day Three.

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Becky Graebner

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January 21, 2014 - 10:00 am
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Day 1: I Had a Bad Day, So I Decided to Roast Something

Day 2: How I’ll Make a Brussels Sprouts Believer Outta You!

I meandered into the “sides” section of Ina’s cookbook again.  Maybe it was the bright colors in the photograph or the fact that I like the color orange…whatever it was, I chose “orange-braised carrots and parsnips” for today’s recipe.

1 pound carrots with the greens attached

1 pound thin parsnips

1/3 cup small-diced shallots (1 large)

2 teaspoon grated orange zest

1 ¼ cups freshly squeezed orange juice (or bottled juice)

1/3 cup good olive oil

6 springs fresh thyme, tied with kitchen string

pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

kosher salt and black pepper

2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

My first thought when I began reading this recipe was, do I even know what a parsnip looks like?  Nope. I didn’t.  I only found them at the grocery store after reading all of the tiny labels in the veggie section. Even then, I thought it was mislabeled because it looked like a geoduck!

This was my first time cooking with geoduck, er, I mean parsnips.  Welcome to the club if this is also your first time!  (They turned out to be very tasty.)

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You mistook a boring root vegetable for an obscenely shaped clam, or mistook the labels at the store? (the only reason I can identify either is Food Network's Chopped)

btw: Your cooking articles are interesting, but aren't those recipes copyrighted or something? Ina seems sweet, but I wouldn't want to get on her bad side.
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Haha--I love Chopped! Oh you know, we have to spice up the titles sometimes. :)

Many of Ina's recipes are actually taken from famous restaurants--and since I put my own spin on them, I should be okay.
Thanks for reading,
Becky
1 year ago
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Geoduck ?
I had to check it on Wikipedia.

And the spell-checking marks it red and suggests "geodetic".

1 year ago
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The spelling threw me off too. Gooeyduck? Geoduk? Afraid to say it is "Geoduck."

Definition of GEODUCK
: a large edible burrowing clam (Panopea generosa syn. P. abrupta) of the Pacific coast of North America that usually weighs two to three pounds (about one kilogram)
(taken from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/geoduck)

thanks for reading!
Becky
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