Monday, June 04, 2012

Butter Roasted Carrots with Lemon Thyme

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A week or so ago, there was a raging thunderstorm and the skies were a deep shade of grey. I love spring & summer thunderstorms. The way the rain drops sound on my tin roof, how the thunder shakes the house, how the air smells. Most of all, I love the light.

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That day, I happened to have a bunch of fresh carrots in my fridge. I spent a good hour next to my window, taking pictures of them. That kind of light is inspiring. The patter of the rain & the click of my camera was cathartic.


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As was the sweet & savory scent of butter, thyme and carrot filling my kitchen afterwards.

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I thought I'd share with you my favorite way to eat carrots, roasted in a bit of butter. It's just about the most simple preparation you'll come across. You can add any herb you'd like, I used a few sprigs of lemon thyme from my herb garden. Add a some grated fresh ginger if you'd like a bit of sweet spice.


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Butter Roasted Carrots with Lemon Thyme

1 bunch carrots, chopped or left whole
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper
5 or so sprigs of thyme

Preheat oven to 425.
Combine ingredients on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes if chopped, 30 if whole.

96 comments:

  1. This is my favourite way to eat carrots too, I love the sweetness when they are roasted and it gives the carrots such a wonderful flavour.

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  2. There is nothing simpler and more perfect than roasted carrots. And, when you throw in a bunch of butter, it turns into a little piece of heaven.

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  3. I agree with Kathryn -- roasting root vegetables brings out the natural sweetness and it's just so yum eaten that way :)

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  4. This is my favorite way to serve carrots too. Gorgeous photos, as always!

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  5. Beautiful pictures, I love the light. Roasted carrots and potatoes are one of my favorites - must make soon!

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  6. What a great and delic way to make carrots. I am going to have to try this. Especially once the carrots in my garden start to come up

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  7. Those look so yummy. I love thyme. Such beautiful photos too,

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  8. Carrots are one of my favourite everyday kind of vegetables. The sweetness makes me happy and satisfied. Roasting is my favourite method for them too. The carrots are so beautiful in your pictures, the light and your description of your love of thunderstorms in perfect harmony. Love it.

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  9. beautiful, yes something special about the light when it is stormy. gosh, so wish i can ran to the garden and pull carrots out, sounds so perfect right now.

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  10. I agree, that type of light lends the most magic to photos. Love the shadows, and the simplicity of this dish.

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  11. Hello to one Ga. gal from another. I done remember how I came to your blog but oh so glad I did. This is my kind of eatin'... Roasting veggies just adds a whole new flavor like no other. Awesome photography and recipes. GOD bless and keep you and yours safe in Jesus name.

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  12. Yum! I looove roasted carrots. Beautiful photos, too!
    Have a great week
    Lisa

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  13. Yum :) So simple and yet so delicious

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  14. Always so perfect, simple, gorgeous and inspiring. I love it!

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  15. Awesome idea! I like the addition of herbs. I make them by cutting them into one inch pieces, putting them in a glass dish, a couple tablespoons of water and a tablespoon of coconut oil (so sweet and good for you!), then cover the dish with foil and bake until they get just a bit crispy on the ediges and soft in the middle. But I can't wait to try out your idea keeping them whole!

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  16. I don't think carrots ever looked more beautiful to me till now. Just gorgeous!

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  17. That is seriously some magical light you captured. I never thought I would have a craving for carrots but I'm totally having one right now...

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  18. Oh, those first two photos. They are just amazing. The black background suits the carrots so well :-)

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  19. The photos are so amazing. Such a simple thing looking really delicious! Love. Seriously wanting some carrots right now, roasted or not.

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  20. Everything about this photography makes my heart sing! I roasted carrots this way over the weekend to go with our burgers. I adore the light when it's raining and the soft highlights it gives to photography I just find so alluring.

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  21. Sounds delicious -- I love carrots! And your photos are lovely, of course. The light surrounding thunderstorms is great.

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  22. I love how sweet roasted carrots get. Your photos are gorgeous and I love the light too :)

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  23. Simple and perfect! I love carrots, but for some reason I rarely think to roast them. Thanks for the reminder!

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  24. You ability to master lighting in a shot is delightful. I'm sure there is something scrumptious in this post but I can't pull myself away from these photos you've made.

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  25. gorgeous light hannah. I love roasted carrots, esp when I can buy them with the little bit of green on the ends still!

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  26. I love how simple this recipe is! It looks so good!

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  27. Oh gosh, these look mouth-wateringly good. Going to have to try these ASAP.
    Adore you blog and your photography is stunning!

    LydiaRose x
    http://lydiarosethefoodie.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. Wonderful pictures. I love the light!

    Sabrina
    http://insidethebag.tumblr.com/

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  29. I love this recipe but I have to find the right carrots to succeed...let's hope that at Union Square's Farmers Market I will be able to find something up to par!

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  30. This looks amazing! Your photography is just...well i don't even know what word would describe it! It's just so gorgeous!

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  31. Beautiful pictures...I haven't tried shooting after a rain, but will definitely give it a try after reading this. The carrots look delicious!

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  32. So simple, yet so scrumptious, makes me want to cook carrots right away... Beautiful photography. Just found your blog, looking forward to following it.

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  33. First, all the food looks amazing. :)
    I've seen you on flickr and came over today to look at your blog, then I had to comment because your name is Hannah Queen and mine is Haley Queen. :) Which is funny as I don't know anyone else with the same last name; I was also homeschooled and love cooking and photography.. so much in common haha
    Anyway just thought that was neat and had to share :)

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  34. These are such beautiful pictures! They make me want a whole pile of carrots, even though they're not my favorite food.... that's a huge accomplishment....

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  35. I was already planning to make these tonight (with chicken with balsamic vinaigrette, and Parmesan mashed potatoes) and up pops a huge thunderstorm! Maybe I'll snap a few pictures too. :-)

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  36. Your carrots look magical, Hannah! I hope you're having a good summer so far...looking forward to seeing lots of nectarines and peaches around these parts soon!

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  38. I don't know if there's anything more beautiful than simple roasted carrots. Just lovely!

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  39. Beautiful! gotta love a good veg with butter and fresh herbs!. Also love the burlap-looking napkins - where'd you get those?!

    I'm a new, but already very big fan of your blog!

    ~Lin

    PS I've added a link to you to the inspiration section of my blog :)

    www.linzertart.com

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  40. You don't have to answer, but how do you (or anybody else out there) achieve such exceptional lighting on their photos?

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  41. Visiting your blog is like traveling through a museum. Your photos are so artful and your writing is lovely. Of course, I like your recipe as well, but reading this blog did make me envious of those rain showers we are sorely missing here in Colorado.

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  42. The bright orange, the light, and the dark slate and browns in the background create such a stunning contrast. And oh, yum, carrots from the garden. We are abounding in them these days and it makes me happy!

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  43. I recently made something like this with thyme from our garden. Though sadly, it turns out, without butter. Beautiful photographs! I second the commenters who ask how you get such lovely pics!?

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  44. I have made this several times now, works out beautifully every time. I have been slicing mine to shorten roasting time. Just delicious!

    I have also used fresh sage, and it is really great. Think that might be on my Thanksgiving menu, easy, much of the cleaning and prep can be done ahead, and if they are sliced, they can roast in the time it takes to rest and carve my bird. Sounds good already.

    Can you post more often?

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  45. I have also used fresh sage, and it is really great. Think that might be on my Thanksgiving menu, easy, much of the cleaning and prep can be done ahead, and if they are sliced, they can roast in the time it takes to rest and carve my bird. Sounds good already.

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  46. The bright orange, the light, and the dark slate and browns in the background create such a stunning contrast. And oh, yum, carrots from the garden. We are abounding in them these days and it makes me happy!

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  47. Visiting your blog is like traveling through a museum. Your photos are so artful and your writing is lovely. Of course, I like your recipe as well, but reading this blog did make me envious of those rain showers we are sorely missing here in Colorado.

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  48. You don't have to answer, but how do you (or anybody else out there) achieve such exceptional lighting on their photos?

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  49. this looks so tasty, not only that but vit looks very good for you to.

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