Green Beans with Bread Crumbs

Green Beans with Bread Crumbs

Well, hello there. I’m back from a family wedding and much-needed vacation in California. I hope this past week has been good to you.

As I mentioned in my last post, I have some recipes to share featuring Homemade Italian Bread Crumbs. (I promise not to bombard you with them all in a row.)

These Green Beans with Bread Crumbs are one of my favorite side dishes that Mom makes. Green beans are cooked until almost done (by boiling or microwaving), and then sautéed briefly with melted butter and cheesy Italian bread crumbs. I’m pretty sure if you looked up veggie comfort food, you’d find a picture of these green beans. I could make a meal out of them and not miss a thing…. 

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Homemade Italian Bread Crumbs

Homemade Italian Bread CrumbsI’ve been meaning to talk about bread crumbs for a while now. They really do deserve their own post, since they’re an important part of Italian cooking. Today I’m sharing a recipe for homemade Italian bread crumbs, as well as a few methods you can use to make them. But first, some background on why I’m not using store-bought bread crumbs anymore.

Strangely enough, I can mark the phases of my life by the kind of bread crumbs I’ve consumed. There was the “growing-up stage” with only Mom’s or my aunts’ delicious, homemade Italian bread crumbs. There was the “new wife and mother stage” of being a novice cook while juggling part-time work and deciding that store-bought bread crumbs were good enough, and who really cares? There was the “full-time working mother stage” of relying on convenience, despite being an experienced cook and missing homemade bread crumbs’ superb taste and texture…. 

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15-Minute Cilantro-Lime Shrimp

15-Minute Cilantro-Lime Shrimp

I absolutely love shrimp. And I love food with a Mexican flair. Combine those two components with quick and easy, and we have a winner for dinner — 15-Minute Cilantro-lime Shrimp. Think buttery, tangy, garlicky goodness. This shrimp is so delicious that I can’t resist standing at the stove and eating it right out of… 

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Rapini with Garlic

Rapini with Garlic

For someone who wouldn’t eat rapini as a kid, I sure love it now. All I need for a perfect lunch is a hunk of bread and a mound of slightly bitter rapini with garlic, sautéed in olive oil and accented with salt and red pepper flakes. Yes, indeed. And, for someone who used to… 

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Chocolate-Covered Pecan Banana Smoothie

Chocolate-Covered Pecan Banana Smoothie

Sometimes, I want my smoothies to taste like dessert. As in, a decadent, chocolate shake that reminds me of late nights at Denny’s with my girlfriends in high school. I’ve had this chocolate-covered pecan banana smoothie for breakfast five times in the last week. I think I could drink it every day for a month… 

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Healthy Turkey Meatballs and Sauce

Healthy Turkey Meatballs and Sauce

We love our pasta and meatballs. I’m so glad these healthy turkey meatballs and sauce taste delicious and are relatively easy to make. I used to think turkey meatballs were a sacrifice, a consolation prize. “Sorry you didn’t win the full-fat beef meatballs with sauce, but we have these lovely, low-fat turkey meatballs for you…”… 

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Peas with Onions (and Bacon)

Peas with Onions (and Bacon)

If you don’t like peas, chances are you’ve never had them sautéed with onions and bacon. Even without the bacon, they’re still delicious (and a nice vegan side dish). Think smoky flavor, golden onions, olive oil, salt, peppery heat…yum! It’s the only way I eat peas. Growing up, we always had this prepared with the… 

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Nonna's Fish with Tomatoes

Nonna’s Fish with Tomatoes

Every time I make this dish, it smells like Nonna’s been cooking in my kitchen. And that makes me smile. Nonna wasn’t the typical grandmother. She had movie-star good looks, perfectly coiffed blonde hair, and nails painted red. She smoked cigarettes, told jokes, danced, and was the life of the party. I simply adored her…. 

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