Skip to content

An Alabama Autumn

Here, my friends.  Have 4 minutes of fall in Alabama.


This time of year, I like to eat brussels sprouts.  And peanut butter cookies.  Here are two of my favorite recipes for them.

Brussels Sprouts with White Beans and Pecorino {Download & Print Recipe}

from Bon Appétit, halved and in my own words


4 Tbsp. olive oil, divided

1/2 lb. (8 oz.) brussels sprouts, cut in half from top to bottom

3 garlic cloves, diced

1/2 c. chicken broth

1/2 of a 15-oz. can great northern beans or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1 Tbsp. butter

1/2 c. coarsely grated pecorino


Heat 3 Tbsp. of the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over high heat.  When hot, add the brussels sprouts– try to get them face down and then don’t stir them for 3 minutes or so, so that they’ll sear nicely on the cut side.  Stir them and continue to sauté them until they brown, about 3 more minutes.  Transfer to a bowl.

Add the remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil to the skillet and the garlic, and reduce the heat to medium.  Sauté for a minute or two, stirring frequently.  Add the brussels sprouts and the broth and increase the heat to high.  Cook about 3 more minutes, or until the brussels sprouts are just a little tender.  Add the beans and the butter and stir for about 1 minute, until the butter melts and the broth reduces and thickens slightly into a glaze.  Season with salt and pepper and add the cheese.  Stir until the cheese is melted, and then serve.


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies {Download & Print Recipe}

Adapted from The Best of Betty Crocker, 2009 edition, and inspired by Shannon’s deep dish chocolate chip cookies at A Periodic Table.


1 c. packed brown sugar

1/2 c. smooth peanut butter

1/2 c. butter, softened

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/4 c. flour

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 c. peanut butter chips + semisweet chocolate chips (I used about 1/3 c. peanut butter chips and 2/3 c. chocolate chips)


Beat the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and egg with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy.  Add the vanilla.  In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Reduce the speed to low and beat in the flour mixture until it’s evenly combined.  Turn off the mixer and stir in the peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.

Refrigerate the dough for at least 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Shape the dough into 1″ to 1 1/2″ balls.  Drop each ball (do not flatten) into an ungreased mini-muffin tin (for a deep-dish-type cookie) or onto a baking sheet (for a normal cookie).  Bake for 7-9 minutes or until light brown.  Cool for a few minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.


This morning,Thunder and Seymour met up in the yard to inspect a stick, and to strategize an approach to eating it.

Then they went about their mutually-agreed-upon tasks. . .

39 Comments Post a comment
  1. Amy #

    hehehe, Seymour and Thunder make such a good team! I like how their spots are very similar but different colors 🙂

    Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite foods, but combining them with beans is new to me…will have to try!

    October 15, 2012
    • Amy, until your comment, I didn’t notice that both Seymour and Thunder have one freckle in the white fur in the middle of their faces. Thunder’s is up a little higher, but they still kind of match!

      October 15, 2012
  2. Jenny #

    (Pssst: your ingredients list for the brussels sprouts is missing the broth.)

    I have all of this in my kitchen RIGHT NOW. I know what’s for dinner tonight. 🙂

    October 15, 2012
    • Jenny, THANK YOU! I corrected it. You are the best.

      October 15, 2012
      • Jenny #

        No, YOU are the best. I didn’t get to make these on Monday because I had a “thing” to go to (because I’m fancy like that) but I made them tonight and I never would have tossed beans in there, but it’s delish.

        October 17, 2012
        • Horray! Thanks so much for writing to tell me. p.s. I went to a “thing” last night in Birmingham. On a Tuesday night! I felt like such a winner.

          October 17, 2012
  3. Mallory #

    First, you went to the Alabama Chanin cotton harvest! SWOON. The video is perfect, but you could feel free to just blather on about it and my green-with-envy heart would be just fine and dandy with that.

    Also, both of those recipes are speaking to me something powerful, so I’m gonna work on making both before the week is out. Haven’t ever tried anything like either. Exciting new worlds, brought to us by Eggton!

    October 15, 2012
    • Mallory, you should “like” Chanin on facebook, because they post a lot of open stuff that you can go to! It was a beautiful field, I tell you. We didn’t pick NEARLY all the cotton so there may still be opportunities to get out there and help with the inaugural harvest. Let me know if you decide to go but can’t get in touch with them!

      October 15, 2012
  4. Kristen #

    I want to try the brussels sprouts tonight but I saw a mention of broth in the description and no amount in the ingredients. But I’ve only had one cup of coffee and therefore am operating at roughly 25%. Did I miss something? Help! 😀

    October 15, 2012
    • Kristen, yes I totally messed that up! I fixed it , so if you refresh your browser, you should see it now listed in the ingredients. 1/2 a cup. Sorry for the confusion, and I hope I caught you in time because they are AMAZING and I hope you make them. 🙂 Thanks for telling me!

      October 15, 2012
  5. Excuse me while I pack, I think I am moving to Alabama now….

    October 15, 2012
    • Could you bring the cow in your gravatar? He/she looks adorable and I have a decent-sized back yard. . .

      October 15, 2012
  6. Ha! – dogs and sticks – loving your post – thanks for sharing! Happy Monday!

    October 15, 2012
    • Dogs and sticks will probably interact the same way until the end of time, don’t you think? Happy Monday to you too!

      October 15, 2012
  7. That is a beautiful video, lady. It makes that nasty job of cotton pickin’ look downright nostalgic. What a neat thing to be involved in!

    October 15, 2012
    • Yeah–the ugly history of slavery and cotton and Alabama was not lost on me when I was there, leisurely picking and knowing that there was bbq and beer waiting for me. It was surreal. It was a very strange, beautiful day.

      October 15, 2012
      • Well, I was mostly talking about how sharp those daggone bolls can be. But yes, certainly, cotton has quite the tragic history in the South.

        October 15, 2012
        • You know, I didn’t notice how sharp they were at the beginning because I was doing it wrong! I was picking one segment out of boll at a time instead of grabbing the whole thing in one go. When a woman showed me how it was really done? Game changer. My hands were definitely chapped after an hour.

          October 15, 2012
  8. Love that brussel sprouts photo. Gorgeous color!

    October 15, 2012
    • Those brussels sprouts were so easy to photograph–I love when that happens! Way easier than, say, chicken. 🙂

      October 15, 2012
  9. Looks yummy!

    October 15, 2012
    • Hi Rebecca! It *was* yummy indeed.

      October 15, 2012
  10. Beans with brussels sprouts, that’s a great idea I’m definitely going to try. The green really pops in your photo, it’s stunning.

    October 15, 2012
    • I never would have thought of the combination, but we had to try the recipe because we always have white beans on hand (as of a year ago, randomly, they are a staple. Isn’t that weird, the phases we go through?)

      October 15, 2012
  11. prosewithabbitude #

    Southern life is so different than Northeastern ways…. it is almost frightening!

    October 15, 2012
  12. Picture #1: Seymour: Try holding… wait… no, the other paw… You… turn it… chew the end…
    Picture #2: Seymour: Oh, let met do it! Thunder: Frustration accomplished. Heh heh heh.

    October 16, 2012
  13. Thanks for the dose of fall. It makes me want to live in Alabama. Also, I want to touch that cotton.

    I believe that the pairing of Brussels sprouts and peanut butter cookies is genius. But the recipe is missing something – how do we assemble? Two cookies with the Brussels sprouts in between? Like a whoopie pie? Or do we use the cookies as a sort of crumble topping on the sprouts? Please inform.

    October 16, 2012
  14. I have never been to Alabama, so your video was a real joy to watch! Cotton, guitars, children, turtles.. a picnic.. what a perfect afternoon! I love both of your recipes.. especially the cookies.. heaven!! I might have to make those! xx

    October 16, 2012
  15. Cam #

    Mmmm, deep dish peanut butter choc chip cookies sound really good right now….

    And who doesn’t love Brussels sprouts. Never thought of braising them with white beans before. Yum.

    October 17, 2012
  16. Swoooon over the vid – you captured the essence absolutely perfectly! And as far as brussels go, they rank in my top ten fave foods but I have never had them with beans so I have to try! Thunder and Seymour are just the bomb and they share so nicely 🙂 Happy Fall, Darling!

    October 19, 2012
  17. i could hug brussels sprouts this time of year (and also through the winter). they’re my favorite. and i want to jump inside that video and live there. there’s something about autumn that’s so intensely romantic, in general, but autumn in the south seems even more so. and cotton is so awesome; I just want to feel it. i’m going to go pet my sheep now.
    i love your videos.
    i’m honored i inspired your peanut butter chocolate chip cookies! it’s a fun little way to cook them, isn’t it? i really want to try your peanut butter version soon; i have been craving peanut butter cookies as well – i’ve noticed myself snack on peanuts more, so i know a cookie must be on its way.

    October 19, 2012
  18. What a lovely video. And to get to the end and find out it’s organic cotton! Bonus. 🙂

    October 20, 2012
  19. your brussel sprouts look amazing, yummy!!

    October 21, 2012
  20. I love the video. Thank you, thank you. It’s so nice to see the region portrayed beyond the reality tv stereotype because I personally and happily profess ignorance of the Honey Boo Boo family experience.
    There’s also a film out entitled Eating Alabama that chronicles 2 young couple’s experience eating local Alabama foods for one year. Snow’s Bend near Tuscaloosa was one of the farms featured. Interesting story – young couple. Organic farm.
    One last day trip suggestion – Day of the Dead Festival in Birmingham Nov 2. Bare Hands Gallery website has a moving video that explains the concept much better than I.
    Truly enjoyed your post. -Nikki

    October 23, 2012
  21. Okay, I really like brussels sprouts, but it was those delectable, thick PB cookies that really caught my eye. Love the idea of baking them in mini muffin pans. Finally, something to use my mini muffin pan for! Who makes mini-muffins anyway?

    October 27, 2012
  22. If loving your brussels more than your cookies is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right.

    November 1, 2012

{Leave a Note}

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s