Powerful Parsnips and Day 9 of Zesty Christmas

by zesty on December 19, 2011 · 78 comments

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Just leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite zesty dessert post.    HINT: To find a list of the desserts you can click here… Remember, you can still enter the contest from previous days at the bottom of this post!

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With Christmas season quickly approaching I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about a vegetable that often is forgotten.  The Parsnip.  Personally I love parsnips but growing up, I never really knew what they were.  We never had them at home usually just carrots and turnip were the staples… no parsnip.  Not until I started cooking on my own where I would experiment with the flavor of parsnip.

Being sweet, parsnips are excellent roasted, a process that caramelizes their sugars. They also make good alternative chips, or can be layered with other root vegetables to form a spin on a scalloped root vegetable dish.

FYI – These parsnip chips are too die for.

Mashed parsnips are useful but do need rich additions to improve both the texture and flavor. Dry the pieces carefully before mashing, then add plenty of butter or cream, black pepper and sweet spices such as nutmeg.

Some dry mashed potato can also be mixed into mashed parsnip to lighten it and this makes a good topping for shepherd’s pie.

What is in the Parsnip?

A parsnip looks like a white carrot (and is, in fact, in the same family). Along with their sweet flavor, parsnips bring vitamin C, folate, and potassium to the table.

How to Pick the Perfect Parsnip?

Selection: Good-quality parsnips will be firm, straight and have no deformities or blemishes. The coloring will be even and white to cream.

Avoid: Avoid product that is dry, shriveled, soft or has dark blemishes. Yellow or tan coloring indicates old product.

Did You Know: Frost improves their flavor.

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1 vann benson

Super Simple Skor Bar Trifle is a recipe I seriously want to try!

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2 Cassie Brindza

My favorite dessert post is Baklava. I love the crunch of the pastry and the buttery sweet flavor from using real butter and honey.

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3 kasey

triple chocolate brownies – sounds just right!

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4 Miranda Couse

pumpkin marbled cheesecake! yum

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5 Melodie

Chocolate caramel brownies.

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6 Katie

Apple crisp all the way!

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7 Christine M

My favorite Zesty dessert post is Triple Chocolate Brownies

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8 TracyP

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Cookie Bars – you got me with caramel, then cream cheese, then bars! Yum…

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9 MargaritaPan

The baklava is definitely a favorites!

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10 Jamie F.

Favorite Zesty dessert post: festive bread pudding!

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11 Jamie F.

favorite holiday tradition: baking and eating with the family

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12 Jamie F.

favorite Holiday dish: desserts – gingerbread cookies

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13 Jamie F.

I would make French macarons with the new mixer

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14 Jamie F.

Favorite Holiday Movie: Elf!

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15 Marnely Rodriguez
16 Jamie F.

Favorite Chocolate: milk with nuts

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17 Karen Lynch

The Baklava would be great on Christmas, cinnamon in the winter just go together.

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18 Kathy-Jo

I love your 90 second macaroons! Perfect.

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19 Gillian

Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes

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20 Jenne

YUM! I love Baklava. Great dessert here on Zesty Cook.

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21 Laura

Baklava… Looks delish!

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22 Joanne Nielsen

I already have am a liker of your facebook page! I love the Baklava post. Also I want to say I am going to try making parsnip chips they look yummy.

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23 Susan

1. I not only “Like” your Facebook page, I love it!

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24 Susan

2. Favourite holiday tradition: Unpacking all the tree decorations and decorating the tree. Each of us have special decorations that we have to put on the tree ourselves!

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25 Susan

3. Favourite holiday dish: Mom’s (very) boozy fruitcake, yum!

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26 Susan

5. The first thing I would make would be banana bread.

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27 Susan

6. Christmas Vacation!

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28 Susan

8. Chocolate covered salted caramel, YUM!

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29 Carla Skiles

The Skor Trifle! Love trifles!!! :)

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30 Dynamics

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Cookie Bars.
Thanks for the heads up on the parsnip. I cannot wait to try and make chips.

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31 Sharon

Baklava!

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32 Debbie C

Favorite Zesty dessert is Caramel Apple Creamcheese cookie bars.
Yum
Debbie

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33 Jessie

I loooove the caramel apple cream cheese cookie bars – I made a vegan version not too long ago, and they were a hit! Mmmm.

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34 Anne

chocolate wins again! Triple chocolate brownies!! Thanks for the recipe :-)

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35 Kim Roach

My favorite is the brownies that will change your life. :) I have made them many times.

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36 jules p

Well…after sifting through your desserts…I think the one (well, one of the ones I want to try) would be the Super Simple Skor Bar Trifle, and the baklava. I love your bread recipes too. Those are at the top of my list…specially if I win this mixer!

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37 Glenda H

Thanks for the parsnip post–I LOVE parsnips! I think my favourite Zesty dessert is the chocolate chip cream cheese cupcakes. They are sooo delish!

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38 Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen

The chocolate caramel brownies! Yum!

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39 Kylie

I’ve made the Butterscotch Blondies a lot and the Festive Bread Pudding was great as well last Christmas!

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40 Laura

i’ve made your banana walnut bread before and it was incredible!

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41 Joanne McGinn

Mmmm….pumpkin marble cheesecake.

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42 Theresa J

I like the Triple Chocolate Brownies

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43 Latonya R

Caramel Apple Creamcheese Cookie Bars- anything with cream cheese is heavenly to me.

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44 Kara D

You can’t go wrong with Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies! :)

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45 Kim

I loved the triple chocolate brownies

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46 Christy Spurlock

Triple Chocolate Brownies

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47 Cindy

Sticky Date Pudding w/ Toffee Sauce! I have some in my fridge at the moment!

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48 Skua

Carrot cake made by my lovely wife

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49 Mehgan Drake

I make cheesecakes, so I would have to go with the Pumpkin Marble Cheesecake!

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50 Jill Lombardo

Pumpkin marble cheescake!

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51 Matt

I haven’t made it YET, but the everything cookie looks and sounds amazing!!!

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52 Susan Stahley

My favorite Zesty dessert is the Strawberry Mini Cheescakes

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53 S. Angell

“Shampoo is better. I get the hair cLEAn.” “No, conditioner is better. It makes the hair . . . ” Uhhhhh, sorry about that. These voices in my head! Sometimes they trickle out my fingertips!! LOL (That was from Billy Madison, in case you were wondering.)

Baklava is definately better than all the rest. I like to use (cringe, i know) Honey Bunches of Oats cereal in mine.

And I never have tried parsnips. These chips look supurbly do-able. Thanks for the post!! :DDDD

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54 S. Angell

Favorite Holiday Movie: Nightmare Before Christmas

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55 S. Angell

Favorite Holiday Dish: Sweet potatoes w/ butter and brown sugar/casserole.

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56 Jen McDougall

Triple chocolate brownies………..wow

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57 Susan

Baklava is my absolute favourite! I love how you make it with mixed nuts instead of pistachios.

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58 Marian

Apple crisp for sure – easy, practical and no fail! And of course, always so yummy! I could eat some now…..

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59 Marian

Oops, i read wrong. i thought it was my favourite. the most scrumptious from your posts has to be the Oreo Cream cheescake bars!

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60 Anna

Caramel Apple Creamcheese Cookie Bars! Seriously! Yumm!

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61 Anna

I like Zesty Cook on FB!

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62 Anna

Favorite Holiday Tradition: making popcorn tinsel with my kids.

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63 Anna

Favorite Holiday Dish: anything with cranberries.

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64 Anna

The first thing I would make with the mixer is a chocolate frosting! Lots of it!!

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65 Anna

Favorite Holiday Movie: “Christmas Vacation” of course!

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66 Anna

I love white chocolate!

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67 Anna

I subscribed to Zesty!

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68 Lindsay

The coconut macaroons!!! To die for!

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69 SharonF

I made the Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookie bars, and not a crumb was left.

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70 Jennifer

I really like baklava post!

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71 Cheryl

My favorite Zesty dessert post would be the chocolate caramel brownies! I have made these numerous times for friends. Everyone has asked for the recipe. The caramel is such a great addition to this recipe. Thanks Zesty!

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72 Katrina

First thing I remembered was your chocolate chip cookies from a couple years ago. I remember making them not long after you posted them and they are good!

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73 Lori Z.

The pumpkin marble cheesecake!

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74 Heather

Caramel apple cream cheese cookie bars look amazing! My favorite dessert post!

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75 Marion MacDonald

Triple chocolate brownies…..yummy….but the butterscotch blondes warm both vanilla ice cream is AMAZING:)

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76 Tami@nutmegnotebook

Chocolate caramel brownies.

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77 abbi

triple chocolate brownies….sound delicious

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