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Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots

I have always love green beans. Even the soggy ones that were served in the school cafeteria as a kid. These are so much better!

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I love fresh green beans in any shape or form, but when you can mix them with bacon and caramelized shallots, I mean come on. It almost seems like I am cheating. I mean getting this much yummy flavor into something shouldn’t be this easy!

You get the sweet caramelized shallots bring out the sweetness of the green beans and the smoky saltiness of the bacon mixes well with the bites of ground pepper. The grassy-ness of the parsley brings out the fresh earthiness of the green beans while the lemon brightens the flavors, giving the meal a little zip.

Enjoy everyone!

Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots

Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots

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Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots

I love fresh green beans in any shape or form, but when you can mix them with bacon and caramelized shallots, I mean come on. It almost seems like I am cheating. I mean getting this much yummy flavor into something shouldn’t be this easy!

You get the sweet caramelized shallots bring out the sweetness of the green beans and the smoky saltiness of the bacon mixes well with the bites of ground pepper. The grassy-ness of the parsley brings out the fresh earthiness of the green beans while the lemon brightens the flavors, giving the meal a little zip.

Enjoy everyone!

Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots

Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots
Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots

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The Elvis Sandwich

When I think of Elvis Presley, three images come into mind. One image is of my Dad singing to a record in our living room during a rare glimpse of him happy and healthy. The second memory that pops up is a trip my husband and I  took to Memphis and ultimately our visit to Graceland. The third is the image that most people have of Elvis, him shaking his leg and dancing around during concerts, people screaming and crying, shaking with excitement.

This element of crying out of excitement is so foreign to me. Was it from a time when seemingly nothing exciting ever happened, so when it did, people lost their minds or is it that people nowadays are devoid of emotional connections to excitement? I don’t know the answer, but could it be that harder times make us happier? Were times so hard back in the day that people really knew how to celebrate, let it all loose? Are we so spoiled with everything at our fingertips that majority of us never work towards anything because we expect things to go our way, so we never really celebrate achievements, big and small?

Elvis, an icon, someone who brought joy, happiness and excitement to millions. When was the last time, you heard of anyone described that way? Out of celebration of Elvis and all the big and small achievements, I bring the sandwich named after him “The Elvis,” which I quite enjoy. Peanut butter, banana, bacon, with a drizzle of honey. It sounds weird but once you try it, it makes sense. Go celebrate, maybe even loose your mind, dance around and cry at the same time. Just don’t do it with sandwich in mouth, that would be, well…stupid.

The Elvis

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The Elvis

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Broccoli Salad

This is a recipe that is a shout out to my Mom. It is one that she made for us all the time, be it a side dish, a snack or something to take to a covered-dish supper. As with most things with my mother, it had to be delicious but also simple, which I appreciate now that I have to replicate my childhood food memories.

As an adult, I have found myself using this as a quick complete grab and go lunch item that I can make at the beginning of the week and throw into containers in the fridge. Grab this, an apple and a water; and I am ready for a day at the office. So yes Mom, you are still feeding me, even a million miles away!

Broccoli Salad 

Broccoli Salad
Broccoli Salad

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Pepperoni, Bacon and Onion Pizza

Yesterday was National Pie Day and for a different twist, what would be better than a delicious pizza pieee! When my husband and I first started dating, we went out for pizza quite a bit.

Even on our honeymoon in Charleston, SC, we stopped into a pizzeria off of one of their whimsical cobblestone roads. After the honeymoon wore off and the bills started coming in, we, like most couples just starting out, had to re-evaluate our spending habits. Though we couldn’t go out for pizza as often as we once did, we didn’t miss out too much. We learned how to make it at home for less.

After years of making pizza at home, my biggest tip for making homemade pizza taste like it came from a pizzeria: moisture is your biggest enemy! Let’s face it, most of the pizza that you know and love is cooked in an oven that ranges in temperatures from 650- 800 degrees Fahrenheit. At those temperatures, any moisture is quickly wicked away and the pizza only takes about 90 seconds to cook. That’s why you have that lovely, crunchy crust on the bottom.

In our home ovens, you are fighting against moisture which will cause a soggy crust. The two items that add moisture to the pizza is the sauce and the cheese, so spread your sauce very thinly and use low moisture mozzarella. For those of you who enjoy lots of sauce, I suggest serving extra on the side to dip it in after it comes out of the oven. Here is a simple pizza recipe, that my husband I enjoy from time to time.

Pepperoni, Bacon and Onion Pizza

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Pizza Dough

Tomato Sauce

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 cup torn basil leaves

Low moisture mozzarella, sliced

1/4-1/2 cup onions, diced

Pepperoni slices

5 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit for over an hour with a pizza stone on the lowest rack. Right before you cook the pizza, mix garlic into tomato sauce. Spread thin mixture on prepared pizza dough. Evenly distribute basil, mozzarella, pepperoni, bacon and onion. Each oven heats up differently, so start checking after 15 minutes. Take out of the oven when the crust is golden brown.