A personal kitchen diary. I try new recipes and make notes on what works and what doesn't. Sometimes I can things, and sometimes I dry herbs. This is the story of my kitchen.

Month: August 2018

Blueberry Peach Coffee Cake

Blueberry Peach Coffee Cake

I had two peaches and some blueberries to use, and remembered this recipe that I had pinned from Julia’s Album. The things I did differently are minimal, so you really could just go straight to her recipe. Or you could read what I did here, […]

Dad’s Grilled Salmon

Dad’s Grilled Salmon

I grilled salmon today the way my Dad always made it, and realized I had never blogged about it. Partly because there is no real recipe. Just salmon, butter, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, and a bit of salt and pepper. Start up the grill and […]

Red Potatoes, Green Beans and Bacon-Updated

Red Potatoes, Green Beans and Bacon-Updated

Every once in a while I make a concentrated effort to use up what’s in the freezer or fridge. Last week, my focus was on a bag of blanched and frozen green beans from the freezer.

It seems like a good time for that summer favorite, red potatoes, green beans and bacon!   I used to make a much simpler version with russet potatoes, turkey bacon, and canned green beans. But, a while back I came across this recipe that added garlic and onion and used red potatoes and fresh green beans and, well, I’ve never looked back.

Two weekends ago we stopped at Peters Market and I picked up some red potatoes.

I had some bacon from Barham Family Farm, and the green beans, so I was ready to go. I placed the green beans in some salted water to soak while I got started with the chopping and slicing.

Then I sliced up the bacon from Barham Family Farm and put it in to fry over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

There was plenty of time while the bacon fried to chop an onion and mince six  cloves of garlic.

Once the bacon was golden, I added the onion and garlic and cooked it about six minutes, until the onion was softened and translucent.

Meanwhile, I scrubbed  the potatoes and added them to a pot of water filled to about an inch above the potatoes. I brought them to a boil and cooked until fork tender. Probably around 30 minutes although I wasn’t actually paying  attention to the time.

After the onions and garlic were  done, I drained the green beans and added them to pan. After stirring to combine, I covered the pan,  lowered to a simmer, and let it all cook for an hour.

Once the potatoes were fork tender, I drained them and let them cool. There was plenty of time until the green bean mixture was done. Once they were cool enough to handle, I cut them into quarters and if the potato was bigger, basically I was just trying to make the chunks all the same size.

When the green bean mixture was done, I just added the potatoes, gave it a stir, seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper, and it was done!

And I don’t have a final picture! Dinner was ready to be served so we put some on the plate and we ate. But let me assure you that this is a mouthwatering edition of red potatoes, green beans,and bacon.

I basically work from this recipe from Genius Kitchen.

http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/green-beans-new-potatoes-with-bacon-301115

ps WordPress is being weird so I just had to paste in that link because I am too tired to figure  it out tonight

I am pretty loose with measurements. I just tend to use what I have on hand.

 

 

 

What’s in the Fridge Chorizo and Shrimp Soup

What’s in the Fridge Chorizo and Shrimp Soup

I was home alone for dinner tonight so I looked in the fridge to see what I could make. This chorizo that I had bought at the Tower Grove Farmers Market in St. Louis caught my eye. So I rustled around and started cooking. First, […]

Easy Roast Chicken Updated

Easy Roast Chicken Updated

The roast chicken recipe my sister gave to me has been my go-to for years.  It’s easy, it’s fast, it’s reliable, the skin is crispy and the meat is juicy. But tonight I removed the wrapper from my chicken and realized I had picked up […]