Yin Yang Beans

The ancient Chinese philosophy of yin and yang is a concept used to describe how  opposite forces are in actuality complimentary to each other. It is believed that everything has both yin and yang aspects and it is important for these forces to be balanced. It has been mentioned that the first references to yin and … Continue reading

Red Cabbage and Green Beans

These are two favorite vegetables that I usually eat by themselves but never together. When I saw this recipe I thought it was a great idea to combine the two.  Just delicious with my sauerkraut apple latkes and pork tenderloin.

Szechuan Green Beans

What can I say but I like my green beans, either the thin haricots verts or your regular bush beans.   I always make room in my garden each year for this easy-to-grow veggie.  I believe this is a Cooks Illustrated recipe that can be prepared ahead and served chilled. This is also a big … Continue reading

Haricots Verts With Pancetta

Haricots Verts, or filet beans,  is French for green beans and they are usually longer and thinner than regular beans such as the bush lake variety.  These slender beans are harvested young, usually when less than 1/8-inch thick.   I use to grow this variety in my big 40 x 120′ garden in the country and as I … Continue reading

Grilled Green Beans Two Ways

I never  thought about grilling green beans  but in a recent Midwest Living magazine there was a recipe.  I liked the idea, but changed the directions and ingredients. Besides, I had to use my fresh green beans from my small garden I just planted this year.  Green bean plants growing with my antique black crow guarding … Continue reading

Rainbow Carrots and Green Beans

These carrots were at my local Farmers Market and I just had to buy some.  I only grew the big, long orange ones and never ventured into growing these delicate baby carrots.  So pretty too when cooked with green beans.  An added plus is all the health benefits… and they are sooo sweet… Rainbow carrots…

Southern Green Beans

These beans were one way Gene especially liked them cooked.  My sister-in-law gave me this recipe some 15 years ago at a family reunion and I still have my hand-written notes on how to cook these beans.  I added a little sugar and salt and pepper to taste.  Very simple but very good and the beans need … Continue reading

New Potato and Green Bean Salad

Baby vegetables are something I have fun cooking with.  I use to grow tiny peas, zucchini, slender green beans or Haricots Verts and I tried to grow small potatoes (not very successful).  You do have to pick them regularly as they seem to grow right in front of your eyes.  There is no comparison to the sweetness … Continue reading

Three Bean Salad Three Ways

There are numerous variations on this salad.  It can be made on the spur of the moment as I know I usually have all of the ingredients and it can be made ahead of time.  If you want to cut back on the fat I also have a very good Weight Watcher’s version which has … Continue reading