I’ve always admired the French–their lifestyle, art and cuisine. Most certainly I am appreciative of the myriad ways they knot their scarves! I’m also a fan of their green beans, “haricots verts”, essentially a long and slender version of your basic green bean. Anyone with decent soil and full sun can grow haricots vert, but I’ve always associated these beans with the French: So slender, so chic – with no strings attached!
A dinner based simply on green beans is what I’m craving tonight. I’ve a weekend of Super Bowl meatballs, chicken wings and stuffed potato skins ahead so appreciate a somewhat refined dinner centered around a vegetable– the perfect antidote to game day snacking!
I find fresh, whole green beans cook better in boiling water than when steamed, the boiling water cooks them evenly and they remain crisp. I shock my beans in icy cold water so they retain their vibrant green color.
This morning we woke up to the first real snow of the year––good thing I’d purchased a chicken. The following is a recipe I’ve been tweaking each winter when the snow flies; this year I added a cup of dry lentils to the rice. Below, you’ll find a slide show I made several years ago after … Full recipe post »
Coming off a four-week, super-intense editing of my next book, “The Welcome Home Diner”, a contemporary novel about two women opening a diner on Detroit’s east side. I get why writers isolate themselves during the process. I was assigned a well-seasoned editor determined to squeeze the best book that she could out of me. The verdict will be in the hands of … Full recipe post »
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