Posts Tagged ‘Green Beans’

Rack of Lamb!

April 6, 2017

Easter is right around the corner and would be an excellent occasion for serving a rack of lamb.   Here’s a recipe that I found for a mint-crusted rack of lamb that is just out of this world.  I had never even attempted to serve a rack of lamb before, but this recipe was super easy and delicious to boot!  I served green beans and potatoes with the lamb for a meal that was positively wonderful.

And, for presentation purposes, “trimming” your rack of lamb is essential!  Here’s a video that demonstrates the correct way to trim your rack.  Yes, she makes it look really easy, but trust me, it is a bit more challenging than it looks.  I’m sure my “trims” will improve with practice, but for a first go at it, I was very pleased with my result.  Good luck!

Rosemary, Orange, and Soy Sauce!

July 25, 2014

Here is an easy recipe that is sure to please.  Serve with some wild rice and some bacon-wrapped green beans for a meal that looks like you spent all day preparing, but really just threw together in under an hour.

Orange Marinated Pork Tenderloin

1 cup orange juice
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
3 teaspoons minced garlic
2 (3/4 pound) whole pork tenderloins
Salt (to taste)
Fresh ground pepper (to taste)

1.  Make the orange marinade by whisking together the orange juice, soy sauce, rosemary, and garlic.  Pour over the pork tenderloins and marinate for at least one hour (preferably overnight).

2.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Drain the pork, reserving the marinade for later, and place on a baking sheet.  Season with the salt and pepper then roasts for about 20 minutes or until the internal temperature has reached 145 degrees F.

3.  Meanwhile, strain the reserved marinade and bring to a simmer in a small saucepan.  Serve as a sauce for the meat.


Better Beans!

April 21, 2013

It is hard to improve on some things in life.  Take for example fresh green beans . . . add some butter and minimal seasoning and you have a delicious (and easy to prepare) vegetable that goes with just about anything.  But what would happen if you threw some bacon into the mix and added a glaze?  You make great beans extraordinary!  Here’s a fabulous recipe for transforming your fresh green beans into a heavenly serving of vegetables.  Enjoy!

3/4 to 1 pound of fresh green beans
4-6 bacon strips
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon soy sauce

1. Place beans in a large saucepan. Add enough water to cover the beans. Bring to a boil. Cook uncovered for about 8 minutes or until the beans are crisp-tender. Drain beans and set aside.

2. At the same time, in a skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until cooked, but not crispy (about three minutes per side). Remove to paper towels.

3. Place about 10-12 beans on each strip of bacon and wrap the bacon around the beans. Place the wrapped beans on an ungreased baking sheet.

4. In a small bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, garlic salt, and soy sauce. Mix well, then brush this mixture over the top of the green bean bundles.

5. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until the bacon is crisp.