Green Beans With Tomatoes

A Silver Palate Cookbook recipe. 

I had some fresh green beans from the Farmer's Market and this recipe looked too good to pass up.
I didn't read the little blurb after the recipe name. It states that this recipe calls for the thinnest and tenderest green beans you can find. I used regular green beans and it turned out fabulous. 

This can be eaten hot or at room temperature.

Gbf plated 

Let's get cooking

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Dilled Blanquette de Veau

This is one of the first things I remember cooking from The Silver Palate Cookbook. I have to smile every time I make it because it reminds me of the first time I made it. Erika at 9 yrs old told our neighbor Jeanie what we were having for dinner, Jeanie comes over wanting to know what in the heck blah-de-blah, blah de veau was (or some words to that affect) After a look at the recipe she said "it's stew, you are having stew, why didn't you just say so!"

So...Here's the "stew" ;-)

Tspo take a bite

Let's get in a stew.

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Paté anyone?

Why do I feel like I need to hold up my pinky finger when I say that?
Last night I made paté for today's Easter dinner. I usually make a Goat Cheese Torte that my family just loves but I wanted to do something different so here's what I did.

Gathered up some tasty ingredients and got busy.

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Melt a lot of butter in a skillet. Add the onion, garlic and thyme. While that's cooking in 6 cups of water place the celery tops, bay leaves and black peppercorns. When the water has simmered for 10 minutes add the chicken livers.

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Simmer the chicken livers for about 10 minutes but be sure and keep the centers a little pink. Place the cooked livers in the food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the onion garlic mixture, the green peppercorns and the cream. Process until smooth. Turn out into a bowl and add the remaining 1 teaspoon green peppercorns.

This is soooo delicious. Now I need to buy a nice little tureen to serve it in.


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Chicken liver pate with green peppercorns

appetizers

6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup finely minced yellow onion
2 cloves garlic; peeled chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup celery tops
10  black peppercorns
2  bay leaves
6 cups Water
1 pound chicken livers
2 tablespoons Cognac
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
5 teaspoons Water-packed green peppercorns; drained
1/4 cup heavy cream

Melt the butter in skillet. Add the onion, garlic and thyme and cook,
covered, over medium heat for about 25 minutes, or until onion is tender
and lightly colored.

Meanwhile add celery tops, black peppercorns and bay leaves to 6 cups of
water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10
minutes.

Add chicken livers to water and simmer gently for about 10 minutes, livers
should still be slightly pink inside.

Drain livers, discard celery tops, bay leaves and peppercorns, and place
livers, butter, onion and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted
with a steel blade. Add Cognac salt. pepper, allspice and 4 teaspoons of
the green peppercorns. Process until smooth.

Pour in the cream and process again to blend. Transfer to a bowl and stir
in remaining teaspoon of green peppercorns.

Scrape mixture into a 2 cup terrine, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4
hours before serving. Let pate stand at room temperature for 30 minutes
before serving.

Notes:  The Sliver Palate cookbook

Yield: 2 cups


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Pasta Puttanesca

My favorite of all pasta sauces. It's quick, easy and "sassy."

"It is not known whether the Italian ladies of the night (the puttane) who gave their name to this racy pasta sauce did so because they were short of time or cash or both. In any case, puttanesca is quick and cheap."

It'll take me longer to show you how to make it than it will take to actually make it.

Pasta P ingredients 

Grab some olive oil, canned tomatoes, anchovies, oregano, Nicoise olives, (I only had Kalamata) red pepper flakes, capers, garlic and parsley.

Now, lets get cookin...

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