It’s Thanksgiving!

Time to give thanks and to create rituals and memories. Our memories are held in fragrance and flavor. As parents in charge of the menu, we get to decide what memories we attach to different occasions for our families – memories that will last a lifetime.

So what’s on the menu? Sweetness is surely a part of it. Roasted sweet vegetables, are super grounding, warming and nourishing. Check out Flora’s recipe here. Have you poached pears yet this season?

Core your pears and put them in enough water to cover. Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, a dash of vanilla extract, dried cranberries and raisins. Cover the pot and bring to a simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until your pears are super soft. Serve alone, or on top of crepes. Your house will smell like heaven.

Sweet fruits and veggies are great, but sometimes, you just want a cookie, and better yet if it’s a cookie you can feel good about. This Everyday cookie recipe by the picky foodie is fantastic.

4 simple ingredients: 1 ¾ – 2 cups almond flour (finely chopping almonds in a food processor works well), ¼ cup maple syrup ¼ cup coconut oil, handful of raisins. Sometimes I add coconut flakes for added dimension. Spoon them out onto a cookie sheet and bake for 11 minutes at 350 degrees. You can tailor these up with what’s in your cupboard and feel good about serving up good fats and protein in a cookie!

Our first food as babies is milk – sweet nutrition at its best. As we grow, our palate expands to include pungent, salty, sour and bitter. But the nurturing quality of sweetness remains no less important. Celebrate the abundant range of flavors at your table this season, and the harmonious memories that ensue.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season, from all of us at Butter Beans.