this summer, we have enjoyed cooking and eating more big meals together at home. it might be 100 degrees in our kitchen and our air conditioning window unit might not be anywhere near said kitchen, but we’re still enjoying it.
a couple weeks ago we had friends over for dinner. josh whipped up a crazy good orecchiette pasta dish (so good we ate 10 pounds of it) with sweet sausage and broccolini topped with fresh ricotta salata… that’s a type of cheese apparently. i made a berry cake… from a box. :\ we also made a spinach, fruit, goat cheese and almond salad and tried out a new green bean and almond recipe. like i had mentioned here the other month when i introduced our sponsor blue diamond almonds, our family has been enjoying snacking on raw almonds a lot lately on the go, so it was fun to try cooking a dish together with them, too.
if you’re in the market for a new green bean or almond recipe, well, hello! here’s a good one! it’s incredibly basic (as recipes need to be when i’m the one in the kitchen) but absolutely delicious.
green beans with toasted almonds…
you will need:
2 lbs trimmed green beans
1 cup almonds (sliced or chopped)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
freshly gound pepper, to taste
what you do:
wash and trim the beans by breaking off the tips and breaking them in half. toast the almonds in a dry skillet and cook over low heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the almonds are lightly brown and crunchy. boil the green beans in a pot of salted water for about 2 to 4 minutes until the beans are well cooked. drain the beans and set aside. whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, maple syrup, mustard powder, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. once mixed, add the beans and almonds.
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