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.
My kids gave me an Instant Pot for Mother’s Day. Both passionate cooks, they told me they couldn’t imagine life without the contraption. But, to be honest, I rolled my eyes when opening the box—the last thing I need is another kitchen gadget cluttering my counters. That’s until I spied a yogurt button on the panel. I can make … Full recipe post »
Update: 1 cup of wild rice and 1 cup of farro both cook at the same time (as long as they’re not quick cook) and work great as a base for the chicken in this recipe, too. This morning we woke up to the first real snow of the year––good thing I’d purchased a chicken. … Full recipe post »
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