Minestrone

We recently added a 10 month old puppy to our family.  He is a Shar pei – Lab mix and, aside from being my son’s new best friend, is my constant companion in the kitchen when I cook.  He loves the end pieces of squash, carrots and tomato cores, and lays in wait for anything that…

Three Bean Salad

  Yellow beans are growing and growing and growing.  Every time we think we have picked them all, we return 2 days later and find more huge ones, that we must have missed last time, or even the last 2 times… I picked up some organic green beans from Tap Root Farm at the farmers market….

Summer’s Bounty “Shakshouka”

I now have patty pan squash and carrots coming out of my ears! It seems like every dinner starts with a cutting board like the one below. My first night back to work after the California trip, I returned from Philadelphia and just stared at the produce in my kitchen, trying to come up with…

The Green Bean Revolution

Ok, so my green beans (or purple beans, to more accurately describe my Trionfo Violetto) have gotten the best of me. Even with giving away harvest after harvest, I STILL have more than I can use! I have tried blanching the beans and freezing them in the past, but I don’t like what that does…

Pasta with Tomatoes, Green Beans and Feta

The string beans (Trionfo violetto) are still producing like crazy! I am harvesting several pounds every other day. I have been “gifting” string beans whenever I can, even if we ate them every day, we couldn’t eat nearly as many as my plants are producing. This recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks Mediterranean…

Turkey and String Bean Stir-Fry

One of the only vegetables that grew at my parents’ house was string beans. They pretty much grew wild along the fence by our picnic table; no one ever planted them. My guess is that they started as a volunteer from our neighbor’s yard and then became quite established. Wherever they came from, I loved…

Green Bean Polou (Persian Rice Pilaf)

Even though my green bean harvest was a bust, I have been able to piece together a few meals with what the caterpillars left me.  I had just the right amount of green beans left to try a new Persian dish. The green beans get infused with lime flavor and baked into the rice.  You…

Pasta with Potatoes, Green Beans and Pesto

Pasta, potatoes, green beans – sounds heavy, eh?  When I first saw Martha Rose Shulman’s recipe combining the three, I was skeptical.  But since I always have pesto and, in late summer, lots of green beans, I though I would try it.  To everyone’s surprise, the combination was wonderful.  Very homey and hearty.  It has…