Thursday, November 4, 2010

Things November: Nov. 4, 2010

I simply couldn’t find any interesting facts regarding this day in November, so I leave you with a poem and a recipe today. I hope you enjoy both!


by Elizabeth Coatsworth

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.


If you are looking for healthier alternatives to traditional Thanksgiving foods, there are plenty of recipes out there. Thanksgiving does not have to be heavy-laden with fatty foods to be enjoyable.

Here is a really simple recipe for green beans that my family loves (my kids actually taught me how to make these). These are a wonderful, tasty replacement for the beloved green bean casserole many of us grew up with.
Sauteed Green Beans
1 ½ pounds fresh green beans
1 large red bell pepper
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 pat of butter (about 1/4" thick slice)
1 large lemon
1 tsp Italian seasoning
Salt & course ground pepper to taste

Snap ends only of the green beans off and wash (you want to leave the beans long). Slice the red bell pepper into long slices about ¼ inch wide.

In a large skillet heat the olive oil and butter, and then add the green beans and red bell pepper. Sprinkle in the seasonings and saute until the vegetables are tender-crisp (usually no more than about 5 minutes).

When vegetables are finished cooking, turn off the heat and squeeze the juice of one lemon over them. Lightly toss, and place in a serving dish.



scrapwordsmom said...

Doris...this recipe sounds very good. I am always so bored with my veggies. This is just the zip they need!

Nicole said...

OMG those green beans sound scrumptious!

Doris said...

Hey girls! Yes, I really like them because you don't cook them to death - you can really see what a green bean tastes like, and the spices only enhance that. It's definitely a family favorite now! Thanks for being faithful in coming to see me...big hugs!

Laura said...

Hey Doris - I am so behind in my blog reading, and I'm trying to catch-up today -- love the poem! And I'm going to have to try the recipe too!

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