This recipe comes from my friend Amy’s blog – she who also brought you that cheesy polenta with chard several weeks back. These beans and onions are no health food, as they’re cooked in generous amounts of buttah. And yes, I meant to spell it buttah. But hey, sometimes it’s ok to indulge a bit, especially when we’re talking about fancy-ing up humble veggies like green beans and red onions.
The flavors here are complex, but the recipe is easy. If you don’t like spicy food, leave out the red pepper.
Green Beans with Sweet and Sour Onions (adapted from Adventures of a Messy Chef)
1 pound green beans, trimmed
3 tablespoons butter
1 large red onion, peeled, halved lengthwise, sliced lengthwise
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
Boil the green beans until crisp-tender, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Melt butter over high heat in the pot you cooked the beans in. Add onions, oregano, and red pepper. Sauté until onion begins to soften and becomes translucent, about 4 minutes. Add vinegar and sugar. Stir until sauce thickens, about 1 1/2 minutes. Add beans; toss to coat and heat through, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.
I know lots of people around here complain about the sweltering summer heat, but for the most part, I kind of like it. I’m a native Texan, so I’m sure that has something to do with it, but beyond the heat summer means iced sweet tea, swimming pools, and Local Boxes filled with stuff like peaches, green beans, and tomatoes. It’s just hard to beat all of that.
Peaches – Caskey Orchards
Leeks – Bar W
Zephyr & Gold Zucchini Squash – Texas Natural
New Potatoes – Naegelin Farm
White Onion – Gundermann Acres
Carrots – Acadian Family Farm
Pickling Cucumbers – Acadian Family Farm
Green Beans – Acadian Family Farm OR Tecolote Farm
Green Tomatoes – Fruitful Hill Farm
Leaf or Romaine Lettuce – Acadian Family Farm
Spicy dill refrigerator pickles – This recipe has a handy calculator that’ll help you figure out how to adjust the recipe for the number of cucumbers you get.
Green bean, potato, and leek salad – We probably won’t get four leeks, so use white onions instead.
Summer squash casserole – I like the idea of this casserole, but will use butter instead of margarine and lower the amount by at least half. You rarely need an entire cup of butter in a non-bakery recipe.
Open-face bacon, lettuce, and fried green tomato sandwiches – Oh yes. Just….yes. Use whatever lettuce you get instead of the Bibb.
Skillet pork chop saute with peaches – I like the sweet and savory combo of flavors here. Plus, this recipe is pretty fast – last time I made it, it took about half an hour.
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Well, hello heirloom tomatoes. So nice to see you again! If you’ve been sweltering in the 90-degree days we’ve been having lately, at least take heart in the fact that the heat is helping local tomato crops.
Spring Lettuce Mix – Tecolote Farm
Chard – Bradshaw Farm
Brussels Sprouts OR Green Beans – Hillside Farm OR Naegelin Farm
Summer Squash – Acadian Family Farm
New Potatoes – Green Gate Farms
Flat Leaf Parsley – Tecolote Farm
Heirloom Tomatoes – Bluebonnet Hydroponic
Mango – G&S Groves
Crisp Green Leaf Lettuce – Lund Produce Company
Tangy herbed lettuce soup – I told you last week I’d find you a lettuce soup recipe! This one even uses up some of the potatoes you’ll get this week. Use the green leaf lettuce you get for this recipe, and stick with using the spring mix in salads. Also, use parsley instead of basil (unless you happen to have basil on hand, in which case I’d use both).
Tomato-squash skillet – I usually don’t cook heirloom tomatoes because they have such an amazing raw flavor, but if you’re tired of salads and don’t feel like eating them raw this week, try this recipe. I might add a few chickpeas to round out the protein here and make it a vegan main course, or mix in some diced, cooked chicken if you eat meat.
Chard-mango smoothie – What? Chard in a smoothie? I know! Sounds weird, but I’m a fan of spinach in smoothies and this isn’t far off. Just give it a shot if you’re skeptical – I think you’ll be surprised at how non-chardy it tastes. I would add about a cup of a liquid to this recipe, maybe some almond milk or orange juice.
For the brussels sprouts and green beans, I’m thinking a nice turn on the grill would work for both – I’m loving grilled veggies these days. Grease a grill wok and add the veggies tossed in some olive oil and your favorite seasonings (I’ve been using lemon pepper lately). Grill over medium-high heat until tender, around 10 minutes, stirring often to keep the ones on the bottom from burning. Make sure to trim the green beans or halve the brussels sprouts before cooking. If you don’t have a grill wok, just put the veggies on a big piece of aluminum foil on the grill, or use your broiler instead.
This post comes to you from the French Quarter, where we are staying for a few nights on a much-needed vacation. We just inhaled lungfuls of powdered sugar at Cafe du Monde, and then ventured back to our hotel as the temperature slowly dropped. It’s supposed to be in the 30s tonight, and a warm stew like this is just what I look forward to on a cold evening.
I needed to use up a bunch of produce before we left and spotted a bag of five-spice powder in the pantry as I was gathering my ingredients. If you’ve never had it, five-spice powder is encompasses flavors of sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and salty and usually contains fennel, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, and peppercorns. It is popular in Chinese cuisine, and sounded like just the thing to season my pork stew (I had just dug out a head of bok choy to use, and it just made sense). It’s flavor is pretty prominent here, so cut back on the amount you use if it seems like too much. I cooked this in a slow-cooker, but if you want to do it on the stove, just combine all ingredients, bring to a boil, and cook over low heat for about 2.5 hours, till the meat is tender.
We’re off to find a place to watch tonight’s Saints game. Adieu!
Five-Spice Pork Stew
2 lbs pork tenderloin (or your favorite cut of pork), cut into 1-inch pieces
1 lb green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 jalapeno or other hot pepper, chopped (remove seeds for less heat)
3 bell peppers, chopped (I used two red and one green)
1 bunch bok choy, chopped
2 cups spinach, chopped
2 tsp minced ginger
1.5 tsp five-spice powder
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 cups chicken broth or water
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir well. Cook over high heat for 5.5 hours (or low heat for 10 hours).
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We have a couple of pretty veggies coming this week, in the form of multicolored carrots (kids love eating purple carrots) and watermelon radishes, which are red on the inside and green on the outside. Here’s the full list.
Bok choy – Naegelin
Tangerines – Oasis Gardens
Bibb lettuce or mixed baby greens – My Father’s Farm
Green beans – Naegelin
Turnip greens – Acadian
Watermelon radishes – Fruitful Farm
Sweet Italian peppers – Lundgren
Multicolored carrots – Animal Farm
Cilantro – Acadian
I’ll be making:
Watermelon radish salad with cilantro – This lets the pretty radishes shine. Sub your lettuce for the romaine. Also, instead of the avocado dressing originally called for, whip up a citrus vinaigrette with some tangerine juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. I bet throwing in some tangerine sections would be good, too.
Bok choy, carrot, and green bean stir-fry – I’m taking this general idea and heavily adapting it. Double the ingredients (the recipe says it serves six, but, looking at the amounts it calls for, I don’t buy it). Add more soy sauce. I’m also going to up the protein content by stir-frying cubed chicken or pork (seasoned with salt and pepper) before adding the veggies, so you’ll need to use more oil. Tofu would be yummy, too. Finally, I’ll probably throw in some chopped cilantro at the end, and serve everything over brown rice or another whole grain.
Hot wilted greens – Add chopped Italian peppers to the onion mixture. I love the addition of balsamic vinegar and pecans here.