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Well, it’s that time of year again. Take a deep breath. Everybody hold hands. We can do this.

How we navigate this ridiculous, glorious and challenging time of year is a theme I will probably stay with through most of December. I’m in the thick of three big projects in addition to my cookbook and this site, and I just want to stay sane. To breathe. I want to enjoy the heck out of my favorite month.


And perhaps because this month starts with my birthday and finishes with New Year’s Eve, I’m extra inclined to treat myself. I’m really enamored with holding on to the little things to keep that sense of calm and wonderment. Giving ourselves little gifts counts, on my list, among the things that we need to stay sane right now. I’m not talking about ridiculous shopping sprees or extravagant purchases. I’m talking about treating ourselves to things that make us happy, that enrich us a little: a wholesome midweek dinner with a little side of broccolini tossed with smoked paprika, a really lovely bar of dark chocolate, a huge bag of Satsuma mandarins, or a new cookbook to browse before bed. Or perhaps it’s one hour of yoga. Or a long walk at dusk. Or a half hour spent listening to your favorite album. I say hoard those things. Be selfish about them. It makes us less selfish elsewhere in our lives.


So in the spirit of treating ourselves, and because I love the community that Food52 has cultivated, I’ve decided to go for it, to offer my very first ever giveaway: Food52’s newest cookbook! There are not one but two copies up for the offering. So do it. Treat yourself a little. Just leave a comment below between now and Wednesday, December 5th at 9 PM PST to be entered.

adapted from the Food52 Cookbook, Volume 2

1 bunch broccolini, rinsed and trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar (sub red vinegar)
1/4 cup marcona almonds (or use toasted, sliced almonds)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large roasting pan, toss the broccolini with a drizzle of olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and roast until tender and caramelized but not overcooked, about 12 minutes or so.

While the broccolini roasts, add two tablespoons of olive oil to a small skillet. Over a medium low heat, add the pressed garlic and paprika. Stir and remove from heat. Let cool for a few minutes, then add the sherry vinegar. Whisk thoroughly.

When the broccolini is ready, add to a mixing bowl and toss with the vinaigrette. Finish with marcona almonds. Serve hot!

  • Jody - I’m a big fan of smoked paprika and “winning” anything associated with good food preparation! Thanks for the opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • sara - What an awesome giveaway…you rock! That cookbook looks awesome. And the broccolini looks fabulous…I can’t get my boyfriend to eat broccoli, but he’s sort of on the fence on broccolini…I am definitely trying this, I bet it will make him a convert!ReplyCancel

  • BA - I would love to win that cookbook… and eat that broccolini! It looks wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • mary - Your photos are stunning! Inspired.ReplyCancel

  • Meagan - I love this post (and your blog)! But, the advice was so so needed now that I’m in the throes of finals. Thank you! and thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Brianne - Broccolini and smoked paprika are both used rather frequently in my house; how have I never thought to combine the two?! Enjoy your December. You deserve it!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - Love your site and of course is broccolini the best veggieReplyCancel

  • arielleclementine - i am all aglow that you chose to feature my recipe! i love your blog, and love the broccolini adaptation! thank you :)ReplyCancel

  • dana@minimalistbaker - Would love to win this cookbook! Just discovered Food 52 last week and am already in love. Thanks for offering to “treat” us with this lovely giveaway : )ReplyCancel

  • Dragonfly Woman - The broccolini recipe sounds delicious! I’m definitely going to have to try that one.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Just had to say that I love the shot of those gorgeous trees! It’s inspiring. Can’t wait until we have something that beautiful to look at around here!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Just did this recipe tonight! So yummy! thanks for sharing :) and for giving a giveaway! How cool! :)ReplyCancel

  • nicole i - this recipe looks divine. happy december and all it’s goodness to you.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - I love your winter wisdom! I’d love to win the cookbook, also looking forward to yours!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - This looks like a simple, delicious recipe. I think that vinaigrette would also be very good with roasted brussels sprouts, which I already have on hand, along with some marcona almonds …ReplyCancel

  • wendy - I love your work and your spirit! It was so fun to meet you at Eat Retreat!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryne - This recipe is so perfect for right now, while we’re in between holidays. I’m glad you’re treating yourself to wholesome midweek dinners and all of that. Stay sane, the new year is just on the other side.ReplyCancel

  • Kay - We should always take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others, and I agree that the little things add up to a whole big thing when done consistently.
    Ah, sanity.
    Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - Looks delicious. Just got some CSA broccolini so plan on making thisReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - What a fabulous way to make broccoli! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food - This is why I love you… you know how to make the most of life… despite how stressful it all can be. Thanks for the reminder that we need to do things for ourselves every once in a while… even something as small as listening to our favorite album (which I’m totally going to do today).

    What a glorious giveaway… and, amazingly, I don’t have this book. I know it has to be a wonderful book though. Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Harris - Your posts are always inspiring! And the cookbook looks lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Kraabl - I so love your pictures and I have a mini love affair with brocoini. Yum! December or any month with snow is my favorite however we have no snow in Minnesota (boo).
    Cookboks are anothr love :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily K. - Broccolini is the vegetable that changed my boyfriend’s perspective on vegetables! I owe it my sanity!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - This sounds yummy – I’ve got some broccolini in the fridge right now, must try it! And I’d love to win a copy of the book.ReplyCancel

  • Abby@ The Frosted Vegan - What a lovely way to make broccolini so much more tasty!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Is that an antique lantern? Love the shape.ReplyCancel

  • Tricia - Simple and delicious – my kind of recipe. “I say hoard those things. Be selfish about them. It makes us less selfish elsewhere in our lives.” I couldn’t agree more. Thanks for that inspiration this morning :)ReplyCancel

  • Niki Arden - This looks so yummy, I never know what to do with broccolini, I can’t wait to try it out.ReplyCancel

  • LJ Stubbs - Roasted vegetables are one of my favourite things to eat.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Great side dish! I’ll try it for sure :) Could also be delicious with rapini, my fav. Beautiful blog, I enjoy every single post. Happy Birthday, and Happy New Year!!ReplyCancel

  • Douglas Lee - Hopefully I’ll find some broccolini at the market tomorrow; if so, I’ll be trying this!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - This recipe looks delicious! I’ve been craving crunchy greens lately – this is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - Happy Happy Birthday! I hope your birthday and christmas and new year’s are full of love and family! :O)

    Recipe looks great. I am currently working on a cookbook with my daycare kids for their parents for christmas. Fun and crazy times cooking with kids.

    I would love to win the cook book!ReplyCancel

  • Laurie - I never seem to have enough smoked paprika in the house. This sounds delicious. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I can never find Broccolini at my grocery store but I think I will try this with broccoli instead.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Great giveaway and great sentiment- support the treat wholeheartedlyReplyCancel

  • Molly - A lovely recipe and a lovely reminder to do what makes us happy, be it yoga, a walk in the park, or a relaxing dinner with loved ones.ReplyCancel

  • Julia Atwood - Yummy…a new way to enjoy one of my favorites! I can hardly wait to try it. Just HOW do you come up with these ideas?!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann - Broccolini and smoked paprika, what a great combo. My coop often teases me because I am always reordering smoked paprika! I use it in most everything I cook. That is not an exaggeration!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Hess - I appreciate the reminder. This is the time of year to be thankful for all we have and to remember there are some who are not so fortunate.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Ahhh this looks amazing! I invited friends over for dinner this weekend and this will be a perfect side. Thanks for the awesome recipe (and holla to another Sagittarius!)ReplyCancel

  • Vee - yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Theresa Mundy - Would love a new cookbook.ReplyCancel

  • Kate - I must admit that my cooking experience has pretty much been in the “How much salt? How much pepper?” category but I’m trying to learn. If winning the new cookbook is based on “need”, I’m a winner ’cause I need to know more about cooking. :-) I don’t even know what “smoked paprika” is but I’m going to hunt it down and capture some because this looks just lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Gilda - These photos are so beautiful, Kimberly. Particularly that second one. I love that lighting. I also love broccolini so thanks for this recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Kira - Smoked paprika is a thing of beauty. Happy almost birthday and thank you for all of the incredible recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Kristine - I have been following your blog for a while now and am totally impressed. It is always a joy to look through and I am really looking forward to your cookbook. There is just something great about a book you can hold in your hand versus photos on a screen, even if they are beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Bayle - Yum, smoked paprika. Happy almost Birthday and cheers to all the goodness that December holds. Thanks for the reminder to indulge in great things.ReplyCancel

  • Lara Rachowicz - I love everything a bit more with smoked paprika. I love it on eggs for breakfast! Thanks for the recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Kendall - I really love that second photo. How did you capture it?ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - Looking forward to trying this out – it sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

  • NicoleD - Lovely post, Kimberley. I hope you have many beautiful moments in between the busy times. Happy Birthday to you!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - The broccolini looks delicious and the giveaway sounds divine!ReplyCancel

  • Patti - The pictures are beautiful and the recipe looks good. And healthy!
    Thanks for a great blog. Wishing you as low a stress holiday season as possible.ReplyCancel

  • Christine - Kimberley, your work is spectacular as always. I have a backlog of “Kimberley recipes to try,” which I’m hoping to attack over the holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Elin - That vinaigrette sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it out!ReplyCancel

  • jacquie - i have to admit i find the whole holiday season to be tremendously lacking – too much emphasis on consume, consume, and consume some more and totally missing the real point of the season. but that is just my opinion. i do whole heartedly agree with you on the need to nuture ourselves though but let’s make it all and not just one season. Ok?ReplyCancel

  • Taye - Mmm broccolini is my favourite! Would love to try that cookbook as well!ReplyCancel

  • kate - Yum. Love the idea of any vegetable roasted. Will try the smoked paprika-have been using harissa a lot when I roast veggies. So good!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - This looks fantastic. What would you recommend serving it with?ReplyCancel

  • MaryB - The recipe sounds absolutely delicious. Thanks for offering the giveaway and chance to win a lovely book.ReplyCancel

  • e.s. - Love your blog,and would love the cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - I always tend to let stress overwhelm me, particularly at this time of year. I’ve been trying to indulge in little things lately, too. This broccolini recipe looks like the perfect opportunity for that :)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - I love your blog. I have been reading it for awhile, but this is my first time posting. I loved the idea of treating yourself to the small things in life. Awesome recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Sasha - I absolutely agree that we need to be selfish about little pleasures so that we can be selfless in other parts of our lives – such wise words.

    Happy holidays Kimberely! Your recipes always spark my appetite. Now I’ll just have to hunt down some broccolini.ReplyCancel

  • SG - Happy Birthday fellow Sag. Big hugs, SGReplyCancel

  • Bethany Kocher - I love broccolini… roasted veggies are the best with smoked salt.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I swear, I was going to post a comment even before I read about the giveaway. In fact, if I win, you can choose someone else.

    I loved everything about this post: the inspiration/reflection, photos, and delicious recipe!ReplyCancel

  • kelly - This is just what I’m craving right now:)ReplyCancel

  • Haley - I had been dreaming about broccolini and trying to figure out what to make, this looks perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Charron - I always have broccoli I and smoked paprika on hand, but have never thought to combine the two. I look forward to enjoying this with Pacific wild salmon this evening.qReplyCancel

  • alain - I go wild for marcona almonds. Trader Joe’s has a rosemary marcona almond that I think would be so delish in this dish.ReplyCancel

  • linda - Love your recipes and photos! Can’t wait to try this recipe too!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry Mack - I love your thoughts on treating oneself……so important in life! And I was struck by the synchronicity of your post….my birthday is Dec. 1 too, I like the way you linked with the New Year! Thanks for the blog…..ReplyCancel

  • Katy Penrod - I love that site, winning the cookbook would be awesome!ReplyCancel

  • ileana - I love the idea of a smoked paprika vinaigrette! A friend brought us a tin of pimenton from her trip to Spain, and I will definitely have to use some for this recipe. Thanks!

    I also love the occasional little indulgence… fresh flowers, ice cream before dinner, a few new magazines. I often remind my mom that you’re not offering your friends and family the best version of yourself unless you take care of you, too. Anyway, enjoy the heck out of your favorite month!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - I love your recipes and your blog, and I really love broccolini!! Looking forward to making this.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Frances Ellis - Broccolini is one of my favorite veggies. Thanks for giving me a new way to prepare it.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - The cookbook looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - All of a sudden, I am a broccolini fan! That looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Dora - I am SO lucky, just bought broccolini today & love smoked paprika. Thanks for a great recipe! Happy B’Day & a super great new year!!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - The broccolini looks sooooo amazingly delicious. I’m going to have to make it for my husband! I know he’s going to love it!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - I also love December – tonight’s little gifts include kale and lentil stew and some delicious dark chocolate :)ReplyCancel

  • kim - A simple recipe which looks delicious. Thanks for the reminder…ReplyCancel

  • Hope - Would you believe gai lan? It’s what I had on hand and it worked perfectly. A new Food52 cookbook to read at bedtime would also work perfectly, of course.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly P. - I cannot wait to try this Roasted Broccolini! Thanks for the great recipe and for the opportunity to win this new cookbook. The 1st Food 52 cookbook is incredible.ReplyCancel

  • Kitten - This looks wonderful, not sure where I’d find Broccolini in my area, but can’t wait to look! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway too :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jen - This looks amazing. I’m not sure if you can send the book to Canada, but if so, please enter my name!ReplyCancel

  • Loren - That snow scene is gorgeous! Would love to browse a new cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - I just discovered your blog. Lovely photos and I’ve already saved recipes I have to try. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - Good thoughts about treating oneself! Happy December!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - I’m treating myself to long shavasanas and wholesome home cooked meals. Here’s to a happy December!ReplyCancel

  • Kristie V. - Thank you for treating us to an easy, new way to prepare a roasted veggie! It looks and sounds divine. Will try it soon!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - This recipe looks stunning! Thank you for your thoughts on treating oneself, always an important thing to remember!ReplyCancel

  • Agnes B. - Yes, deep breath! And even though Dec is very quiet month for me and my family I still feel the frenzy and stress all around us. I sometimes secretly wish we had a bit of that craziness, and of course a touch of that lovely snow you have on your photograph. We don’t get much winter here. I promised myself one of these days I will take my daughter to a huge Christmas celebration with beautiful winter wonderland outside. So enjoy your favorite month and all the best to you, Kimberley.ReplyCancel

  • Anna Goodling - My favorite veggie is any one that is roasted! Would love to give your cookbook to my Mom – it would totally make her day! Love your blog. Thanks for a wonderful year!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Love this simple but gorgeous recipe and your thoughtful words. It’s so important to take time for yourself so you can enjoy life without getting caught up in all its business :)ReplyCancel

  • Aimee - December is a fabulous month! And I’m excited to see what other projects you’ve been working on. A book is big enough, to try to tackle other projects at the same time.. that’s impressive.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Jankauskis - Your pictures are gorgeous, and the cookbook sounds wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Alayna - That looks absolutely delicious! I love your blog.ReplyCancel

  • kat - Loving smoked paprika right now! It’s a little like bacon in spice form.ReplyCancel

  • Rian N. - December is the month where everybody could do with a bit of indulgence; nothing too fancy required – just a little ‘thank you’ to the self for surviving another year. Loving the thought of simple cooking and chocolate for that role~ReplyCancel

  • Laurie Jesch-Kulseth - Lovely recipe! Would love to win this new cookbook — I love their first one!ReplyCancel

  • Tamara Mitchell - Gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Slatkin - You’re so right about this time of year, and we should all treat ourselves to more sanity-savers.

    To that end, I am so making the broccolini!

    Have a memorable birthday, Kim!

    xo from 90210,


  • Michelle - Mmm…this recipe looks lovely. And the red and green colors are quite festive.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - What a wonderful giveaway! Your blog is in my daily rotation of favorites, and I look forward to reading whenever there is a new post.ReplyCancel

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  • Brenda - Cookbook giveaway?! – the gift that keeps on giving!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - This looks delicious. Thanks for the reminder of life/holiday sanity by grounding down and self-nurturing :)ReplyCancel

  • Kasey - I hope you had a fantastic birthday, Kimberley. Having lots of projects is exciting, but I agree that this time of year is all about treating yourself :)ReplyCancel

  • Shelley - made this the other night and am sad I didnt make a double batch. too amazing for words! the vinegar hits the dressing just right.ReplyCancel

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