Sorry, Health issues came up right after i started this blog and was unable to post anything. Back to it again and getting ready for summer
The South meets Europe
Have you noticed that anytime a particular Item or ingredient
used in cooking by well known and celebrated chefs becomes popular, it seems to take over the recipe collections, websites, television shows, Etc. Here in the South, and especially in the Ozarks, we tend to take a more laid back approach to cooking.
Many of our favorite dishes are recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation.
We know what we like and we really don’t need additional people telling what we like is no good, or could be made better.
That sounds kind of mean, but consider this. All of us have been raised on certain foods that are family traditions, even something as simple as going out to eat.
If the only place you ever had fried Chicken was the Colonel. Then obviously you like it or you don’t based on that experience.
I have tried over my lifetime to experience flavors and foods from many cultures, in order to broaden my horizons, and of course to search for the perfect food.
Sometimes I have enjoyed it, and many times, I have had REALLY bad experiences.
I am going to start you off today with a recipe for Green Beans.
Not the mushroom soup variety or the cooked with potatoes until they're dead way from the south.
(And yes I like both of those). This is a play on several recipes I have from other countries merged into my own southern take on it.
2lbs Fresh Green Beans, cleaned and tipped (cut off both ends)
2 Cups Cherry Tomatoes ( or Grape Tomatoes) split in half
1 Clove Garlic-chopped
1 medium Onion chopped or sliced in slivers
1 8 oz Package fresh Mushrooms ( I use Baby Bella’s)
3 Tb Olive Oil
¼ Cup V-8 Juice
Dash of soy sauce
Salt and black pepper to taste
In a Large Dutch oven, combine onions, Tomatoes, Garlic and Mushrooms with olive oil, sauté over medium heat until onions and mushrooms begin to turn soft. Add V-8 Juice and bring all to a fast boil.
Add beans and cook stirring constantly just until Beans have began to turn Tender—remove from stove and add dash of soy sauce and mix well.
Salt and pepper to taste but be careful with the salt as the soy and v-8 juice is loaded with it.
I have prepared this for my mainly “Country” family and they loved it----just don’t tell them the kind of mushrooms you use
:) Now go slap your Forehead ---Later