Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad

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… 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

Basket of Beans

Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 4


  • 1 pound of fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 ounces of goat cheese
  • 1/4 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


  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.



Oreo Stuffed Crescents

Oreo Stuffed Crescents

Oreo Stuffed Crescents

I’m not sure I have ever mentioned this before, but I LOVE Pinterest!!!! I can get lost for hours, and hours!!! Those of you who love Pinterest, you know exactly what I mean!

Now, we all see these fabulous recipes, neat craft ideas, and all that Pinterest has to offer,but how much of it really works the way we see it………well these Oreo Stuffed Crescents did!!!! 

Now, I only have two complaints about Pinterest……1. I am never sure if I find a recipe and use it or parts of it, that I am giving credit to the right person for the idea/recipe and 2. I hate when you click on a recipe, and it goes to just a picture or something spammy!

Oreo Stuffed Crescents 1

I saw these Oreo Stuffed Crescents on Pinterest the other day and knew I had to try it. I picked it up from the food blog Oh Bite It ! I did put my own spin on it…….as much as you can with such a simple, but tasty idea. 

The Oreo Stuffed Crescents took just minutes to prepare, minutes to bake, and were soooooo good!

The next time you are looking for a quick to fix sweet treat, try our Oreo Stuffed Crescents…….ad some vanilla ice cream…..hmmm, heaven!!!

They were husband and brother in law approved!!!!

Oreo Stuffed Crescents Collage


Oreo Stuffed Crescents

  • Author: Adapted from Oh Bite It!
  • Yield: 8


  • 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 8 Oreo cookies
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper.
  2. Unroll dough; separate into 8 triangles. Place 1 cookie on wide end of each crescent. Fold dough up and over cookie and swirl around to completely cover the cookie, making sure all the seams are pinched and sealed. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  3. Using a pastry brush, brush each crescent with the heavy cream and sprinkle tops with chocolate chips.
  4. Bake about 12 minutes or until puffy and light golden brown.


Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Kale is all the rage right now, and rightly so. It has crazy amounts of vitamins A, K, and C, and it’s packed with calcium. I must admit that I prefer spinach, and in a nutritional match up they are pretty equal. Although, spinach is a better source of iron, magnesium, and fiber. Be sure to buy either of these organic if possible. Leafy greens can be a sponge for any chemicals used in the growing process. Nutrition lesson over……..but look for our new page……coming soon, that will be all you wanted to know about nutrition, but were afraid to ask.

This recipe is hopefully….fingers crossed, just what my friend Michelle was looking for. She had a salad at a restaurant in Chicago and tried to replicate it but, wasn’t happy with the result. Now, Michelle is one of the best cooks I know, so if she couldn’t  come up with it I wasn’t sure I could either. But, I was willing to give it a try.

Michelle described what was in the salad and the ingredients were fairly simple. Kale, cabbage, mint, cilantro, parsley, and a peanut dressing. As I said before, I am not a huge fan of kale, but I tried a baby kale which I found to be a better taste. I will try this again with spinach. The dressing is where Michelle was stuck, so I hope my version…….peanut oil, rice wine vinegar, etc…….see recipe… the taste she was looking for.

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad 1

I added grilled chicken that I marinaded in the dressing for flavor, and and topped it with roasted peanuts. Both Tim and I really enjoyed it.

So, I hope my version of Roasted Peanut Kale Salad will be a close match for the restaurant salad……….let me know Michelle!

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad Collage

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 2


  • Salad
  • 6 cups baby kale
  • 2 cups prepackaged cole slaw mix
  • 1/4 cup each fresh mint, cilantro, parsley chopped
  • 2 green onions sliced on the diagonal
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, toasted and chopped
  • 3/4 to 1 pound chicken tenders ( about 6 tenders)
  • Dressing
  • 3/4 cup Peanut oil
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon garlic pepper
1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon worchestershire sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced


  1. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of the dressing to chicken tenders and marinade for 30 minutes (or more).
  3. Combine all ingredients for the salad, except the peanuts and set aside.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding any remaining marinade. Grill chicken tenders over medium high heat until cooked through. Remove from grill and cut into bite size chunks and let cool slightly.
  5. Add chicken and dressing to the kale cabbage mixture. Toss to coat adding dressing as desired.
  6. Plate and serve.
  7. Top with chopped peanuts and serve.


This recipe serves 2-4.