Beginning Pickling: Dilly Beans!

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A couple weeks ago, Joe made a very large pot of minestrone, for which he bought a full pound of green beans, using only a handful (“They were only a dollar!”) After the soup was made and we were looking at a large amount of beans in peril of going bad if we did not do something with them, we decided the best way to use them up would be to pickle them. Joe and I love pickles. Although Joe detested them until his mid-20s, now anything pickled he sees in the store he will pick up to try. (“Look! Pickled green tomatoes!” “What do you think pickled lemons are for?”) I was eager to try our hands at beginning to pickle things in our own kitchen. We made a batch of dilly beans and ate them so quickly, the next weekend we bought another pound just to pickle those, too. Continue reading “Beginning Pickling: Dilly Beans!”

Crunchy Chopped Salad with Feta, Lime, and Mint

It has been over a year since I have posted anything here! Joe and I  have been very busy lately with buying and moving into a new house, and neither one of us has had much time for anything else – including cooking. Tonight, however, I managed to make something other than frozen pizza and my taste buds (and love handles) are thanking me.

This is another brilliant recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I find myself craving it whenever I want something crunchy and green. I love the way the spicy lime dressing coats the feta and the way it elevates the vegetables. The mint and the sunflower seeds add complexity and balance the whole thing and… I really don’t know what I’m talking about, I just know that it’s good and worth making repeatedly every summer. I gave the recipe to my mom, who likes filling it out with barley and lettuce which turns it into a very different, but still very delicious dish!

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