Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Simmered Green Beans

Recently I cooked my current boyfriend a lovely dinner of chicken and broccoli bake (Step-by-Step Comfort Food from Confident Cooking) with simmered green beans on the side. They worked well together, if only because they both used chicken broth, garlic and some form of onions.

Now granted this was my first stab at simmered vegetables, but I think they turned out extremely well (and so did he). Considered yourself forewarned, now onto the recipe!

Simmer Green Beans*
2 to 3 servings

- 1 Can or approximately 16 oz. of Green Beans (I used french cut, but any kind will do. Fresh is generally best though, just ignore the fact that I used a can. )
- 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
- Minced garlic to taste
-2 teaspoons chopped onions (or to taste)
-Salt and Pepper to taste

Put ingredients into a pan. Bring to a boil, then simmer until onions are translucent and beans are well flavored. Also keep in mind the amount of broth you would like kept with the beans. Personally I simmered it until the broth was almost gone, leaving just a slight amount to pour over the served beans or to dip other foods in.

Things you could also add: Ham, Turkey, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Other Greens, Bacon (Everything is better with Bacon)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Beginning

For as long as I can remember, I have been baking cookies at Christmas time and helping my mother cook various meals. Admittedly, "baking" and "helping" has been used very loosely until recently, especially since I wouldn't go with in ten feet of the stove and argued over every step of recipe. Really, I was just in it for the end product (but who isn't, to some point?).

Until the last year or so, I hated heat and hesitated going any where near a stove, sometimes even the toaster oven and my easy bake oven. Last year I pulled myself through a lot of anxieties, including my cooking woes.

I'm at the point now where I'm cooking for hours at a time, always finding a new recipe or technique, and am only anxious to find myself more hours in the kitchen. This blog is the excuse: I not only get to exercise my writing fingers, but I get to experiment with lovely food.

Here's what to look forward too:
- Tips and Tricks to getting at ease with the kitchen
- Recipes, from the quick and easy to the complex and amazing
- Quirky ways to have fun with cooking
- Other Blogs or websites to check out
- Cooking Anecdotes
-Restaurant Reviews (Because sometimes we all need a break from cooking)

Let's get to know each other over food!
-The Tentative Cooker