Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad

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Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad

Oh, what to do with a beautiful bunch of green beans………

Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad!


Basket of Beans

My green beans this year were the most beautiful I have ever grown. I’m pleased, because the weather has been less than perfect for gardening. Beans usually like it warm and it really hasn’t gotten the normal summer warmth.

I usually make green beans in the as Tim would say “Northern” eaten style…..you know, fry up some bacon, add onion, beans, and water, then cook. I love this way, but it’s not very inventive for a food blog. So, I strived for something a little more creative.

Green Bean Salad 2

Being a huge fan of goat cheese, I remember having it in a green bean dish, but is was a warm dish…………. why wouldn’t it work with a cold one………thank goodness it did. Now, every salad needs a crunchy element, I happen to love walnuts, but you can substitute what every kind of nut you prefer. But please,in the name of all that’s holy…….toast any nuts you are going to use in a salad. It enhances the flavor soooo much!

Green Bean Salad

For a dressing, I used a basic dijon dressing with fresh tarragon ……..from my massive tarragon bush……..the thing is crazy big! Even if I used a cup everyday I would never use it all…….

Green Bean Salad 1

This dish is super, super, simple. You can make it in advance, and assemble it right before you eat, making the perfect choice for a take-along dish. Serve Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad with grilled_______( fill in the blank) what ever you like for a perfect summer side dish!

Green Bean Salad 3

Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 ounces of goat cheese
  • ¼ cup walnut, toasted
  • For Dressing:
  • 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 8 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, minced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Steam or boil them for about 5 minutes until they are tender crisp. Drain and place in ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain beans from ice bath and set aside.
  2. Mix all dressing ingredients and whisk until totally blended.
  3. Place green beans in a serving bowl, crumble on goat cheese, and sprinkle with walnut. Dress before serving.

 

 

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Springtime Asparagus Pasta

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Springtime Asparagus Pasta

It is so nice to be able to say Springtime in a post and recipe……….Springtime Asparagus Pasta………has a nice ring to it doesn’t it?

Springtime Asparagus Pasta


Without further ado ………..I need to say how proud I am of my husband Tim for all the beautiful pictures you see here on What the “Forks” for Dinner?. He has taken our pictures from ok to fabulous! We are both learning from this experience, but Tim is really turning into a wonderful photographer. I am amazed by him everyday………so “Thank You” Honey for helping make this dream a reality…………Besides isn’t he cute??? (see below)

Tim Continue reading “Springtime Asparagus Pasta”

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Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: Copycat Recipe

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Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: Copycat Recipe

Adapted from Food Network & Yammies’s Noshery Pretzel Collage

Today was another freezing *#&%$#@ cold day. To cold for school. I must say that the beauty of working for a school, besides winter break, spring break, summers off, and a smattering of long weekends, is the occasional surprise day off. You know for a snow storm, or as was the case today a wind chill that would freeze you to the spot in a few seconds. Well yeah ……… I got to cook all day……..or should I say bake……..soft, chewy, warm buttery pretzels………sorry I lost my train of thought. Having the oven on all day……..I made a few other things…..stay tuned…….. took the chill off the house quite nicely.


Now I know we all have stories about these kinds of pretzels. The first was I ever had was at a mall. Tim and I visit Vegas frequently………….it is our favorite place in the world…….so far. We really aren’t world travelers…….we leave the world traveling to Tim’s identical twin brother Tom who currently resides in the Philippines. The last time we were in Vegas we had pretzels after a show……..Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club………if you are in Vegas do yourself a favor and visit the comedy club…………. the comedy and the pretzels were great! Continue reading “Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: Copycat Recipe”

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