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Garden Fresh Green Beans

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Have you been given a bag of fresh green beans from a neighbor or friend?  How about that basket of freshly picked green beans from the farmer’s market?  Green beans are that one vegetable that just about everyone loves to eat.

Fresh Green Beans
Fresh Green Beans

A few years ago I was standing in line at the grocery store and a woman began a conversation with me about green beans!
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Frozen Hot Chocolate & Good-Bye July

Good-bye July!  I know we still have a couple of days left of July but I never mind seeing it in the rear view of my memory.  Since July is typically way hotter than I like, I never mind saying goodbye. What it means to me is that I survived another southern summer month of July and that I best be deciding what kind of  birthday treat I am going to make for my Chief Culinary Consultant who will be celebrating a birthday next week 🙂  I have narrowed it down to – chocolate.  Actually, for the Chief’s birthday chocolate is a given.  I’ll let you know next week where it goes from there 🙂  Speaking of chocolate, did you see this post from The Brown Eyed Baker for Frozen Hot Chocolate!
Michelle put together a recipe of hot chocolate from scratch, put it in the blender with ice and milk and came up with this awesome frozen hot chocolate.  Me?  I hit the EASY button, took out a packet of Swiss Miss, added 1/2 cup milk, blended well.  Then I blended in 1 cup of ice and topped with whip cream.  The whole process took less than 1 minute and my family was d-e-l-i-g-h-t-e-d with this summer treat!I hope you are having fun this weekend and enjoying all that the summer sun has to offer.  If you are looking to spend a little time in the kitchen, don’t forget about these fun dishes.

Green Bean Buddies
Apple-Blackberry Crostata

And, if the garden, or your neighbor, has blessed you with a bag of fresh cucumbers you may be needing this recipe:  Crispy Cucumber Freezer Pickles


“Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.” Psalm 112:5 NIV

~Happy Cooking and Sweet Blessings, Catherine


Green Bean Buddies

Today is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it!
What is it about green beans and bacon? My first memories of mom cooking green beans is with bacon sprinkled around the top and simmering right along with the pot of beans.  Yum!  A few weeks back I was visiting Deep South Dish, one of my favorite blog websites.  Mary was blogging about Green Bean Bundles, a recipe given to her by a Facebook friend.  The idea of crispy bacon wrapped around a fresh-out-of-the-garden french green bean left me scrambling to the kitchen.  My Chief Gardener had just brought in a mess of green beans, I had bacon in the frig and I was set to go!
The recipe starts out by mixing up a vinaigrette marinade.  While I have seen many versions of this recipe across the internet, Mary’s recipe called for some Cajun seasoning.  Continue reading Green Bean Buddies

Fingerlings Roasted with Veggies

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 NIV

Fingerling potato
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A fingerling potato is a small, stubby, finger-shaped type of potato which may be any heritage potato cultivars. Fingerlings are varieties that naturally grow small and narrow. They are fully mature when harvested and are not to be confused with new potatoes. Popular fingerling potatoes include the yellow-skinned Russian Banana, the orange-skinned French, and the Purple Peruvian. Due to their size and greater expense compared to other potatoes, fingerlings are commonly either halved and roasted as a side dish or used in salads.
Have you ever eaten any of these little jewels? We buy them at Costco and for all their small size, they are huge on flavor.  They are deliciously sweet and tender, perfect for roasting – and especially great with a combo of other vegetables such as our recent dish with fresh asparagus and green beans.

When you want to eat healthy but taste counts first and foremost  – consider roasting some fingerlings and adding your favorite vegetables.  I par-boiled the fingerlings for 5 minutes, drained and cooled them while drizzling with a bit of olive oil and sprinkling with coarse salt and pepper.
I slightly steamed the asparagus and the fresh green beans and set them aside while the fingerlings baked for about 15 minutes. Tossing them all together and back in the oven for another 10 minutes finished up the roasting. Dressing with only the olive oil and salt and pepper brings out the best in all three of these vegetables! Bon appetite’!

Many Blessings and Happy Cooking!
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Fresh Vegetables
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Simple is best when it comes to roasting sweet tasting fingerling potatoes with asparagus and green beans. A perfect accompaniment to steak, chicken, or fish!
Serves: 4-6
  • 12 fingerling potatoes
  • 10 to 12 Fresh Asparagus Spears, Trimmed
  • 10 to 12 Fresh Green Beans
  • 1 - 2 tablespoon Olive oil
  • To Taste Kosher Salt and Cracked Pepper
  1. Lightly wash fingerling potatoes. Par-cook for 5 minutes in a large pan of boiling water. Remove from water and let cool.
  2. Spray cooking sheet lightly with canola oil. Slice the potatoes in half, lengthwise and place on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Stirring once.
  3. While potatoes are in the oven, steam asparagus and green beans just until tender crisp.
  4. Add asparagus spears and green beans to the potatoes, toss to coat with oil and salt and pepper. Add more salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Continue roasting additional 10 minutes until potatoes are cooked and green vegetables are browning. Serve immediately.
Amounts can easily be adjusted depending on how many you want to serve.