By Presidential Proclamation, on March 21, 1938 Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed April 13th as a day for our nation to celebrate the birth of Thomas Jefferson. George W. Bush reaffirmed the proclamation with one of his own on April 11, 2007.Continue reading “A Delicious Way to Acknowledge the Day”
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. I love my burgers with mayonnaise. I dip my French Fries in mayonnaise. Sometimes I’ll even eat potato chips with mayonnaise. When other people are asking the waitress “can I get some ketchup?” I’m the odd duck asking for a side of mayonnaise. Have you ever had a pickle and mayonnaise sandwich? Don’t knock it until you have tried it. Bread and Butter Pickles are the best to use when making a pickle-mayonnaise sandwich.
As for Canadians and their love of mayonnaise – I actually googled it. There were a lot of publications claiming that Canadians have a love affair with mayonnaise; but then there were some that claimed this love affair is stereotyping Canadians – just as not all Americans smother everything in ketchup. Fair enough.
First of all let me start by saying I DO NOT care to eat canned green beans that are cut. Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems to me that canned; cut green beans have a strange taste to them. I don’t mind fresh-cut green beans, but I cannot eat cut green beans from a can. Hubby says it’s all in my head, but I insist otherwise. Now I will eat French Cut Green beans, but only if served with Filipino Food (don’t ask why) or in a casserole made with Cream of Mushroom soup. For the longest time; it had to be a particular brand of whole green beans – nothing else would do. However; finding my whole green beans has become increasingly more difficult and the cost of a can of whole green beans is insane! So now I settle for whatever I can find and stock up as much as possible when I do find them.
When I first came up with this mayonnaise lemon-pepper concoction for green beans, it was a way to get Kiddo to eat his green beans when he was just a toddler. We called it our magical secret sauce. To this day, he still insists on the magical secret sauce whenever I serve green beans, although he has long grown out of the notion that the sauce is somehow magical. Lord knows, it’s not a secret – this is the way he eats his beans even when dining at someone else’s home.
The key to green beans from a can – as with any canned vegetable – is rinse, rinse, rinse.
Canned Green Beans Made Better
1 Can Whole Blue Lake Green Beans
1 Tablespoon Butter
1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Pepper
Rinse canned green beans under cold running water to remove the packing liquid and excess salt.
Place rinsed beans in a saucepan with a little butter. Sprinkle with lemon pepper.
Heat over medium heat until warmed through, about 15 minutes.
1 Cup Mayonnaise
1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Pepper
Place mayonnaise in a small serving dish. Whisk in Lemon Pepper. Chill until ready to serve.
Serve green beans in an oblong dish or rimmed platter. Place a very small dollop of mayonnaise in the center as a “garnish” for those who like mayonnaise, with the remaining mayonnaise mixture served on the side and passed around the table.