Take a little stand

Around the corner from our neighborhood is a little self service farm stand. They have tomatoes, onions, sometimes, spinach, green beans, kale, etc. It’s a family Affair, Benedict is his name, farming is his game! His Cousins, and other relatives farm as well, and most attend farmers markets to sell their goods, but Benedict has his own little stand on a little corner of his property that for many years sat out in the middle of nowhere all by itself, but now.. the growth of this community has caught up to his location, which I am sure has increased his sales.. but has also increased his headaches. Often times you’ll see him throw up a sign threatening to close, or chewing people out for stealing veggies, vandalizing, or worse stealing the money. When his relatives do not sell out at the market they often times include their stuff at his stand, so you get quite the array of stuff when you catch it just right.

It’s a normal stop for us, if we are heading out to the grocery store, we swing by Benedict’s first to see what he has to offer that we can not only get cheaper, but its locally grown, no chemicals that threaten to eat our insides (always a plus), and its farmed right next door! Example: Red bell peppers half the size of his are $3.99 a pound in the stores, at this stand they are usually around $1.00 each and HUGE.

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So Last week I found some green beans! I decided to play with some Asian style! Now, I forgot to measure anything, so these measurements are approx. but you can get the general idea! No more excuses for “easy” Frozen or canned green beans people, this is about as easy as it gets for FRESH goodness!

What you need:

  • FRESH green beans, tips off
  • 4 cloves FRESH garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • S&P to taste
  • Sesame Seeds for garnish
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp real butter

What to do:

  1. After taking the tips off your green beans place in a pot of boiling salted water and blanch for approx 2-3 minutes
  2. In a Sautee pan add oils and butter and allow to heat up on medium heat, add garlic and sauté until light golden brown
  3. Add Green beans and Sauté for approx 2-3 min then add the soy sauce.. Cook for another 3-4 minutes on low
  4. Add Sesame seeds remove from heat and serve!
  5. I like my Beans a bit still crunchy, you can cook them (or blanch them) a bit longer if you like them softer.

Variation:  Next time Im going to add some fresh grated ginger to the party!

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