Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Southern Green Beans

Green beans are in our freezer for use this winter. Having grown in our garden this summer. I have never been a big fan of green beans, until growing our own. There is something satisfying about cooking what you grow. There is a lot we have learned about growing what you will cook.....

We were successful with green beans last year and again this year. However we did not grow the same beans this year. This year we grew tri-colored beans. They are beautiful as well as tasty. You will see that once cooked, magically the beans are all the same color.

Southern Green Beans
adapted from:  Lost Recipes, meals to share with family and friends

3-4 slices of bacon - diced
2-3 scallions - cut into 1 inch pieces
1 pound green beans - snap the end and pull the string, then snap into 1 inch lengths
salt and pepper to taste
1 c water
3 medium potatoes, peeled (if desired) and diced

Heat a dutch or heavy bottom pan over medium heat, add bacon and scallions. Cook until lightly browned. Remove excess bacon fat.

Add green beans, salt and pepper and water. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.

Add potatoes, stir to mix. Cover and cook additional 30 minutes.

Check once or twice to make sure the green beans have not cooked dry. Remove cover, boil down excess pan juices if desired, taking care not to scorch.

Serve hot.

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recipe rating:  Oh yes, will make again!

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Garden Tuesday, a big wind that knocked it over!

Once upon a time in the near past, there was a leafy tree that provided a nice shady screen between our back yard and the yard of the neighbor. This tree offered it all, privacy, shade and a great place for the birds to nest. That is until Saturday when the wind storm that came with the rains, knocked it down

The tree fell over the compost bins. You can see a bit of compost on the ground outside of the bins, right there in the middle of the photo.

The trunk shows why this was the perfect shade tree, the trunk supported a large canopy of leaves.

This tree has broken each fall into winter, when we have the strongest wind gusts and rain storms, you can see where other trunk branches have been cut flat after falling. With this last storm, the tree was done in.

Once the clean up is completed, this whole area will receive a revamping of how we use the space. We had been talking about moving the compost bins, and now, it seems like the right time has come.

How about your area and garden, have your received any rain/wind damage?

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