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.
Traveling pleasures, for me, include exploring food markets and trying my hand at local cuisines. We’ve just returned from Barbados, the most easterly island in the West Indies; a 3 1/2 hour flight south from Miami, and then another hour flight south to Venezuela. When traveling, Richard and I often rent a VRBO, a subsidiary of Home Away, Flip Key (owned by Trip Advisor) … Full recipe post »
We may be jipped out of a white Christmas in Michigan this year, but the promise of the family rejoined and traditions re-lit has me craving pickled herring. In past years I’ve been lucky enough to receive it––scratch-made––from my Polish neighbor, Krystyna, the week before our family celebrates Christmas and the New Year. This year she’s left … Full recipe post »
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