one great source of inspiration is the cook and author of the smitten kitchen. she and i have so much in common it's downright scary. for starters we're both from new york and we're both named deb(bie). and then of course there's the obvious - that we're both amazingly talented behind the camera and in the kitchen... and not to mention witty as fuck.
i figured it was about time i share one of her recipes (along with some much needed improvements) with all of you. deb certainly had the right idea but it just lacked that special something. luckily i've come along and tweaked the recipe to perfection.
mixed bean salad with tomato and lemon (by smitten kitchen)
- 2 medium tomatoes 1
- ½ pound yellow wax beans, ends trimmed and beans halved crosswise 2
- ½ pound haricot vert, or slim green beans, ends trimmed and beans halved crosswise 3
- 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil 4
- 2 cloves garlic, minced 5
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- glug of white wine 6
- salt and pepper 7
- juice of one lemon 8
3 substituted one can of cut green beans
5 substituted jarred minced garlic in olive oil
6 substituted red wine
8 used only half a lemon
microwave green beans for two minutes and set aside. heat garlic and red pepper in a large pan. add tomatoes and simmer for a couple minutes. add a splash of red wine and continue to simmer. lower heat and toss in green beans, coating evenly with tomato and garlic. squeeze the juice of half a lemon over everything and serve.
as you can see there was none of that slotted spoon, ice bath, or colander nonsense that deb seemed so fond of. and yet the end result is still a perfectly light summery meal. nice try deb, but next time you might want to check with the expert first.