Saturday, April 22, 2017

green beans

Here is a recipe for green beans that is super easy and tasty


  • 12 ounces trimmed green beans
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

How to Make It

Step 1
Place green beans in a large skillet; pour in 1/4 cup water.
Step 2
Bring to a boil over high heat. As soon as water comes to a boil, cover pan and cook 3 minutes.
Step 3
Uncover pan, and stir in butter. Cook 1 minute or until water evaporates and beans are crisp-tender.
Step 4
Sprinkle beans with salt and pepper.

Monday, April 17, 2017


As usual I have WAY too many windows open and I'm getting frustrated with trying to find the appropriate ones, so ...

I made this frittata with kale and leeks to use up stuff I had.  Not a fan of the kale in it, or the eggy crust.  But otherwise a good texture.

This tortilla looks really good.

Hope my zucchini plants are prodigious and we can have this.

Fontina?  OK.  add this to the list when I want mushrooms.

Now that I'm getting a dozen eggs every couple of days, I gotta be strategic!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

rosemary meatballs with dijon collards and apricots

I don't remember where I first saw this recipe but now see it's many places, including here.



  • 1 lb grass fed ground beef (using local lamb today)
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary, de-stemmed and minced
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, pressed
  • salt, pepper, granulated garlic
  • 1 T oil


  • 4-6 heaping cups shredded collard greens
  • 1 T. dijon mustard
  • 4-5 dried apricots, pitted and chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  2. Add your ground beef, chopped up rosemary and pressed garlic into a large mixing bowl. Using clean hands work the meat until the garlic and the rosemary are evenly disbursed throughout the meat. Add in some salt, pepper and granulated garlic to your liking and mix again. Form your mixed meat into meatballs. I made mine on the small side and yielded eleven or so out of my pound of ground beef.
  3. Coat the bottom of a cast iron skillet with your tablespoon of oil. Make sure that the bottom surface of the pan is covered. Arrange your meatballs neatly in the pan. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until your meatballs are cooked through.
  4. Remove the meatballs from the oven and transfer the skillet to the stove top. Using tongs, remove your meatballs from the pan and set them aside on a separate plate. Add your tablespoon (or more if you like) of dijon mustard to the fat drippings in your pan. Whisk together lightly.
  5. Add in your shredded collard greens and allow them to cook down in the leftover beef fat and mustard mixture over medium heat. Once your greens have wilted, add in your apricots and allow the entire mixture to cook down until the apricots and lightly softened.
  6. Place the meatballs back in the pan over the greens and serve! Enjoy!