Glazed Carrots

I almost always have carrots growing in my garden. It’s not that I can’t get perfectly good carrots at the grocery. It’s for the kids in my life. The excitement of pulling something out of the ground and eating never gets old. The question that then presents itself is – what to do with them?

This is a simple recipe that anyone’s kids can make, themselves.

1 lb. carrots, peeled, tops and tips cut off.
2 T. sweet butter (salted is fine, too)
4 T. light brown sugar
1/4 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste

Cut the carrots into roughly the same sized pieces. Some small carrots will only be cut in half. Larger ones in three or four pieces.

Combine the butter, sugar, and water in a suitable pot.

Add the carrots and salt and pepper, and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then cover, and reduce to low heat.

Cook until the carrots are soft but not falling apart, about ten minutes, then remove the top and increase the heat to medium.

Simmer to evaporate the water and thicken the sugar butter mixture. Stir gently to coat the carrots in the glaze.

Serve right away!

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David Gingrass is a food and beverage operations professional with a career spanning more than three decades. His fascination with and love for food, wine and entertaining allows him to view his work as both a vocation and an avocation. Gingrass graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York then cooked in the Bay Area for two years before landing a job at Wolfgang Puck’s original Spago Restaurant in West Hollywood. There he learned to make the signature breads and sausages that he became known for at Postrio and Hawthorne Lane. He was soon promoted to kitchen manager and managed the operational and expense control aspects of Puck’s iconic restaurant for the next four years. Gingrass returned to San Francisco in 1989 when Puck tapped him and his then-wife Anne to open Postrio, Puck’s third restaurant and his first outside of Los Angeles. Postrio opened to rave reviews and soon became the #1 popular Bay Area restaurant in the prestigious Zagat survey. Five and a half years later, the opportunity to open a restaurant of his own presented itself. Hawthorne Lane opened in 1995 and was a San Francisco dining institution for over twelve years, catering to the likes of Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Mayor Willie Brown, James Carville, President Clinton and First Lady Hilary Clinton. He closed Hawthorne Lane at the end of its fifteen-year lease in 2009 to build a consulting practice for the hospitality industry, sharing his wealth of culinary and operational experiences with new and existing restaurants, assisting them to become successful and profitable.