Easter green beans

Many of you are not fans of green beans, but I found a recipe that even a green bean hater enjoyed.  I was inspired by the blog Once Upon a Chef and adapted her recipe a bit for my own family this past week. Of course this technique could be tried any time of year,…

shrimp thermidor

Here is one of those all-time best recipes to save when you plan to entertain and want something very different to serve to guests.  This is one of my favorite recipes, which I happened to see again in the August issue of Southern Living magazine. They suggested using for a hot appetizer, but I have…

cherry street market –a wonderful fall experience

Last Friday, we took a relaxing Fall drive Up North to Traverse City Michigan.  I certainly do love Northern Michigan and will never give up an opportunity to experience wonderful food, shopping, and of course the Lake.  The weather was lovely and the air was filled with the crisp cooler weather that has rolled into…

grilled green beans with walnut oil

green beans on the grill made a wonderful side dish for our dinner on the deck last night.  the grilled flavor of the beans gave them a nice taste with a great texture.  before placing on the grill, i simply tossed them in a bowl with some olive oil and kosher salt.  they quickly browned,…

oven roasted green beans

green beans never tasted so delicious.  the flavor of fresh green beans is enhanced by roasting for a short time in the oven.  this side dish comes together very quickly.  i served this dish on game night and it was well received. preheat the oven to 375 degrees.   place a sheet pan in the…

green bean bundles with bacon and brown sugar

this year, williams sonoma featured this recipe in their thanksgiving brochure. i served the green beans alongside of Ina’s sweet potato puree, which was also delicious as a thanksgiving vegetable.  i would recommend these green beans to those members of your family who don’t like green beans.  they are sweet and delicious. to make the bundles:  preheat…

easy dinner

one of my goals is to eat fish twice every week.  not only is fish a healthy protein, but it is very low in fat and very speedy to prepare. for this dinner, i chose to bake the fish in a ceramic dish, topped with a bit of ground black pepper, dried parsley flakes, and…