Here's a fabulous fall side dish that pairs particularly well with poultry or fish. A touch of vanilla and maple syrup turn an ordinary side into a decidedly elegant, and child-friendly, dish.
Combine carrots and water in a large skillet. Using the tip of a paring knife, scrape vanilla seeds into skillet; add pod. Bring to a simmer, and cook until carrots are tender and most of the water has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Add syrup, butter, salt, and pepper, and toss.