Before I ever saw this recipe, I could never imagine treating fresh from the garden green beans this way. Aside from quickly blanching them until bright green, adding a plop of butter and sprinkling them with sea salt, I never did much else before putting them on the table. Then, last summer I came across this recipe that implored in the head note for readers to just try it at least once considering that the longer cooking time and high heat was against the current popular way of preparing fresh summer vegetables with as little interference to their natural state as possible. I dared to dive in. Continue reading “My Favorite Recipe for Green Beans”
Oh yeah. Ginger and lemon. Not too sweet, just the perfect amount of sour. And did I mention that this one was invented for me by my husband and my sister in honor of my 50th birthday? Yes. But watch out, it will come up on you quickly. I recommend Canton Ginger Liquor. Keep it on hand in your arsenal, there are many delicious concoctions that can be made with it.
So, I wrote a book. Well, actually, I put together a collection of my favorite blog posts from 2008-2016. Can you believe I have been writing this blog for that long? I definitely cannot. The posts are organized by subject instead of dates which makes for an interesting analysis of my thoughts on my childhood, motherhood, my family and, of course, my friends. It’s all wrapped up in a paperback that you can snuggle up with in bed or throw in your beach bag. The reading is light enough that you don’t need to think much about it and most of my musings include recipes, too. So you can make a snack or a cocktail or both if you want something to go with the entertainment. Continue reading “My New Book: Notes From Val’s Kitchen: Stories, Food and Life on Cape Cod”