Exploring Maryland

At the southernmost tip of the state of Maryland on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay sits the site of St. Mary’s City. Today it is a large, state-run historic area that includes a reconstruction of the original colonial settlement, a living history area and museum complex. These comprise half of the area, the remaining half is occupied by the campus of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a public honors college.

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Lemon-Garlic Green Beans

Growing up, while we did have a garden, we grew plenty of tomatoes and melons and corn and cucumbers and even red potatoes, but no green beans. I’m not sure why that was. Dad loved his gardens so, and we loved the things he grew, yet no green beans.

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Italian Red Potatoes with Fresh Green Beans

This is one of those dishes that is hard to classify. Is it a warm potato salad? A vegetable side dish? Yes, and yes. All I know for sure is that it’s delicious – anyway you want to serve it. These potatoes with green beans are colorful, easy to make and go great with a variety of Italian dishes when other starchy foods such as pasta are not being served. Awesome with Cuocere Stile Italiano or Italian Lemon Chicken Sauté. Popular at the family table, yet pretty enough for company. And such a snap to make. Once assembled, this dish will even hold well in the oven along side a platter of Savory Sensational Chicken Scaloppine. I could go on and on when it comes to Italian dishes. Hubby loves his Mexican; I adore my Italian and French. As for Kiddo, he’s not picky – he loves it all from Pizza and Burgers to Coq au Vin and everything in between.

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Sesame Soy Green Beans

The first time I saw this recipe, I thought you have got to be kidding – fresh green beans in Soy Sauce? Mind you, I like stir-fried vegetables same as the next guy, but those are typically a medley of vegetables – broccoli, carrots and snow peas immediately spring to mind. Quick fried, still retaining their bright colors and crisp texture.

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Haricots verts à l’étouffée (Stewed Green Beans)

A few years back, I was searching for a recipe for Green Beans with a French Twist. That’s when I came upon this recipe on easy-french-food.com. Since then, I’ve made one very small adjustment – the introduction of a clove of pressed garlic. I couldn’t resist. I love garlic in just about everything, especially with stewed or sautéed vegetables.

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Canned Green Beans made Better

Does anyone remember the Bruce Willis-Matthew Perry film from 2000 – The Whole Nine Yards? The exact line in the film escapes me now; but the jest of it was that Canadians put mayonnaise on their burgers. Bruce Willis was complaining that there should be a law against it. What does he know.

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