Probably the Shakers’ greatest gift to American cookery was their knowledge and liberal use of herbs, which were relied upon to vary and enliven standard dishes.
parsnips, peeled and cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces and softened
finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine, or 1 teaspoon dried, crumbled
fresh lemon juice, or to taste
In a steamer set over boiling water steam the parsnips, covered, for 8 minutes, or until they are tender. While the parsnips are steaming, put the butter, the parsley, and the thyme in a heatproof serving bowl. Add the hot parsnips and toss them with the butter mixture, the lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.