Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Garlic Green Beans

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on October 16, 2012 ][ In For new Mom's, Vegetables and Fruits ]

Recently someone asked me for one of my most popular recipes – garlic green beans.  ”It’s on the website.” I replied.  But when I looked, it wasn’t!  I make this dish so often and use it in so many cooking demonstrations that I was sure I had put it on my blog.  I couldn’t believe I hadn’t.  The origin of this recipe is rather interesting so I’ll share the story.


We had to move into our house before it was completely finished so I had to live with a toddler, a 5 year old, three house animals plus a house full of construction workers every day for a couple of weeks.  There was no deck on the back of the house so I had to make sure the kids didn’t open the door and fall 15 feet onto the concrete below.  Because of the strange men making lots of loud noise, the cats freaked out and hid all day in the basement.  The kitchen and master bedroom floors were still rough ply wood.  Except for the kids’ rooms, our belongings were piled in strange places.


While cooking dinner late one afternoon, the tile man and I carried on a lively conversation.  He asked what I was cooking for dinner.  When he found out we were having green beans, he couldn’t resist telling me his favorite way to prepare them.  A tradition was born and I have shared his recipe with countless people since then.  I have not found anyone yet who does not like green beans prepared this way; even kids who are picky like them.  My husband LOVES them and is happy whenever he sees them on his plate.  They are great served with most any meal.  Best of all, they couldn’t be easier to make though they do take time.  Try these as soon as possible.  If you try them and don’t like them, please let me know.



Garlic Green Beans

2 to 4 cans of whole or cut green beans, not French style, preferably no salt added

3 to 4 Tbsp. olive or canola oil

2 or 3 garlic cloves minced or 2 or 3 tsp. of jarred minced garlic

salt and pepper to taste

Drain green beans and heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add green beans and spread out to brown evenly.  Don’t stir too often but let sit and brown a good bit.  This can take some time, depending on how many cans of green beans you use.  I use one can per person, not kidding, for the 4 of us and have few leftovers but I give large servings.  Use your judgement on the number of cans you need.  Anyway total cooking time may be 30 minutes.  When beans are almost done, add the garlic and let cook about 3 more minutes.  You don’t want to over cook garlic.  Salt and pepper to taste but please go easy on the salt.  Enjoy!

Upadated on October 16, 2012

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