Eating local often gives you the opportunity to eat simple. This is a good thing! We are so lucky to be part of a CSA that has fresh veggies and free-range eggs year round. This week's box had two nice bags of haricots verts. I used one of our bags of haricots verts to make a side dish for tonight's dinner. And they were so easy to make.
After washing the beans, simply top and tail.
Chop some red onion. (I used about half of one.)
Heat a little olive oil in a cast iron skillet and slowly sauté the onion until the edges begin to get brown and crispy. Meanwhile, steam the haricots verts till just tender. Drain the beans, mix them into the skillet with the onions and season lightly with kosher salt. And voilà! A side that goes with most anything. This would be one of those foods my Papa would have called manna from heaven.
Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
I don't like to say that my kitchen is a religious place, but I would say that if I were a voodoo priestess, I would conduct my rituals there. -- Pearl Bailey Ponder well on this point: the pleasant hours of our life are all connected by a more or less tangible link, with some memory of the table. -- Charles Pierre Monselet, French author (1825-1888).
The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. --Sir Thomas More You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it. --Edith Head A dinner chosen according to one's needs, tastes, and moods, well prepared and well served, is a joy to all senses and an impelling incentive to sound sleep, good health, and long life. Therefore, at least once a day, preferably in the quiet cool of the evening, one should throw all care to the winds, relax completely, and dine leisurely and well. --Count Arnaud Cazenave
Welcome to my blog. I love to cook. I love to garden. I collect art deco. And my camera is like Karl Malden's American Express card. I don't leave home without it. Most of my photographs are of food, dishes, our farm & our travels.
In June of 2005 I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease where the DNA of the bone marrow gets messed up & stops producing blood cells. 18 July 2009 I had a bone marrow transplant. Currently I am still under treatment. I have had some dysplasia show up again in one of my cell lines and have begun a new round of chemotherapy. Mainly I try to focus on the positive.
Blogging lets me keep my family up to date & lets me share recipes, photographs & my love of cooking and dishes. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy posting.