A Recipe

Its been a while since I've posted a recipe, so I thought I would write about my Auntie's green beans today. I made them last night and they were deeeeeee-licious.

1 1/2 lbs green beans, trimmed
2 T butter
1T olive oil
3 large shallots, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes in juice
1/4 c dry white wine
2 T thinly sliced fresh basil
Salt and pepper

Cook the green beans in a large pot of boiling water until crisp tender and bright green, about 3 min. Drain and rinse with cold water and set aside.

Melt the butter and oil in a large skillet. Add the shallots and garlic and saute until tender. Add the tomatoes and their juices and cook until heated through, about 3 min. Add the beans and cook until the juices evaporate and the beans are almost tender, stirring often, about 10 min. Stir in the wine and basil. Simmer 2 more min. Season with salt and pepper.

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Among other things, I definitely get my love for cooking and wine from my Auntie. I have a few aunts on my dad's side of the family, but my Auntie is my mom's only sister. She, her son {my cousin}, my brother, my mom, and my stepdad pretty much make up our entire family {other than my husband and I, of course}, so we spend a lot of time together when we are down in Orange County. We don't get to see them as often as I would like, but every once in a while I get an email from my Auntie about life and food and wine. I like those emails.

My Auntie was there when I had my first glass of wine {I was eighteen, and we were on a cruise to Mexico}. It was a Pinot Grigio, and I didn't like it. She was also the first one to take me wine tasting, almost two years ago, and I still remember which wineries we went to. We bond over this kind of stuff, and it's nice.

Anyway, I guess this post was just to give a little more insight into my family. I love them all, so much, and I don't think they will ever know how much I truly appreciate them.

I think I'll tell you the story of my mom and stepdad soon. I think you'll like it.



Rebekah said...

That recipe sounds wonderful! I just wrote it down. :) That's so sweet about your relationship with your family!

Heather said...

I love green beans and that sounds delicious! I'll have to give it a try.

French Lover said...

I've been looking for more vegetable recipes ! This one sounds amazing !
I wanted to thank you for your sweet comments on our blog, they always make me smile. You're the best :) Bisous !

Jillian said...

thanks for the recipe! i love green beans, so it will be nice to try to cook them differently. so sweet that you and your aunt are so cloes :) xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

Rebecca said...

Thanks for sharing that recipe, it sounds delicious, I shall definitely be using this next time I have friends over for dinner...or maybe even on Sunday with our roast :D