Do you want to know a secret? A crazy family secret we truly believe makes carrots taste better? It’s…the crinkle cutter. Originally, my mom was the only one in the family who had one. Then, one year for Christmas, it seemed everyone in the family should be armed with this special tool, so multiples appeared beneath the tree. It was quite possibly the same year all of us kids received mechanical banks, but I digress…

Carrying on this proud yet silly tradition, I find it difficult to prep carrots without crinkle cutting. Our little family joke is that more flavor gets in all the extra surface area created by the crinkles. HA HA HA!

Holiday carrots–a recipe from my old neighbor–are always a hit, holidays or not. So simple, so delicious and rather festive looking, too. I notice people going for seconds on this dish ALL THE TIME.

1 pound of carrots, peeled–and crinkle-cut (Dammit, weren’t you paying attention? That’s the secret to the whole recipe!)
10 dried apricots, diced
1/3 cup golden raisins
a few pats of butter
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
a couple dashes of cinnamon

Combine carrots, apricots and raisins; steam till carrots are tender. Toss with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Serve and wait for compliments. 🙂