I don't know about you but I'm a side dish kinda gal.
I think that is what I love most about buffets and potlucks - all the side dish choices!
I get positively giddy. I think I could fill an entire plate up with sides and be as happy as a clam.
One of my favorites are these carrots.
I remember the first time I made these glazed carrots. My parent's were visiting. I don't even remember what I made for supper that night but we needed a side dish. I had baby carrots but I didn't want to just steam them as I normally would do.
I wanted to dress these babies up a little.
So in went the butter, then the brown sugar and I decided they needed just a little something more. So in went a touch of fresh maple syrup that my Uncle had brought for me when he was visiting us from Wisconsin and voila!
(A special note to my Uncle Marvin, we need more maple syrup please!)
Side note: My Grandma's side of the family owns a maple syrup "sugar shack" up in Wisconsin where they produce some of the best maple syrup. You just can't beat the real stuff! But, it can be pretty pricey at the local grocery store for everyday use so we usually go with the maple-flavored stuff (as seen below) when I can't get my hands on my family's stock.
In a medium skillet, heat the butter, sugar, and maple syrup over medium heat, stirring until smooth and the butter is melted.
Add the carrots and toss to coat. Cover and reduce the heat to low.
Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender and glazed.
Now dig in!