2 Tablespoons butter or nutty oil 3 medium parsnips, washed and cut diagonally across the root into 1 inch pieces 1 Tablespoon honey or maple Pinch of cayenne or a dash of hot sauce Salt and Pepper Heat oven to 375. Melt butter in a medium saucepan or skillet that will also fit your cut parsnips. Soak the parsnips in hot water to bring them up to room temp. Once butter is melted, turn off the heat, add the honey and blend the two. Drain the parsnips and empty them onto a dishtowel to remove the excess water. Add the parsnips, cayenne, salt and pepper to the pan and turn it all over until everything is mixed and coats the parsnips. Empty the contents into a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Turn with a spatula and increase the oven temp to 400 degrees. Turn again in ten minutes and cook for another 10. The parsnips should be browning around the edges and soft through. Serve hot. Carrots can be added to this preparation with no changes.