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Garlic Green Beans

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These simple green beans are sautéed in a garlic infused butter and seriously couldn’t be any more delicious! The perfect side dish for just about everything.

Preparing Green Beans

The great thing about green beans is they’re fairly low maintenance. Most stores will sell trimmed green beans, so I recommend grabbing them if you can. If not, don’t panic. To be honest, it’s only the very long bits at the end you’ll need to trim. As you can see in the photos, a little tip won’t harm you.

If you want to fully trim the green beans, just evenly line them up and slice off the very ends.

Parboiling

To get the party started I always boil the beans until just about fork tender, before combining with the garlic butter. Just pop the beans in cold water with a heavy pinch of salt and bring to the boil for a few mins until fork tender. You can also steam the beans too if you’d prefer.

Garlic Butter Green Beans

Alrighty, here’s where things get good.

To make the garlic butter I always start off with unsalted butter. Not a deal breaker if you’ve got salted, but it just gives you a little more control over the seasoning if you’re using unsalted butter, especially if you’ve parboiled them in salted water.

With regards to the garlic, I like slicing a clove up into very thin strips. This way you’ll end with mini garlic chips that are golden and crispy.

How to make Garlic Green Beans (quick summary)

  1. Melt butter into a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic slices and stir until they begin to brown.
  3. Add parboiled green beans and toss until full coated.

Garlic Green Beans

And there we have it! Green beans wrapped in a silky garlicy and buttery sauce, with mini crispy garlic chips. All in under 15mins. Can’t go wrong!

Easy side dishes

Alrighty, let’s tuck into this garlic green beans recipe shall we?!

How to make Garlic Green Beans (Full Recipe & Video)

  • 14oz / 400g Green Beans (preferably trimmed)
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, very thinly sliced into strips
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • Pop your green beans in a large pot of cold water and add a heavy pinch of salt. Bring to a boil until the beans are just about fork tender. They will continue to cook in the pan, so make sure they’re not overcooked at this point. Drain when ready.
  • Meanwhile, melt your butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add in your garlic slices and allow to crisp up slightly. If they brown too quickly take the pan off the heat and turn to low. The garlic will go from golden crispy to burnt and bitter very quickly, so just be careful.
  • Add your green beans and toss until fully coated. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper, give a final toss then serve whilst still hot!

a) Trimmed Green Beans – Most stores will have pre-trimmed beans, but if you’ve got regular ones I recommend lining them up and slicing the very tips off. I tend to only discard the very long bits, too much fuss to get rid of every tip! b) Tenderness – As you can see by the video, I like my beans pretty firm, with a ‘bite’ to them. Nothing worse than soggy green beans (IMO). But just work to preference, if they’re still too firm after you’ve coated them in butter just switch the heat to low and sauté for a few more minutes until they soften to your preference. c) Brown Butter – You may notice the butter start to turn brown. This is actually desirable, as it will turn into a gorgeous nutty flavour. So fear not. d) Steaming – Feel free to steam the beans instead of boiling them. I just often find there’s too many to fit on a steaming basket. Up to you!

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Raspberry Cranberry Jello Salad

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My sister made a Raspberry Cranberry Jello Salad for Thanksgiving that I thought would be perfect for Christmas because of the beautiful dark red or burgundy color.

After I received the recipe, I was also impressed with how easy it is to make.

It only takes 3 ingredients!

My sister put it in a circular mold that she had sprayed with cooking spray.

We still had a hard time having it slide out of the mold, so we slid a knife around the upper edge to loosen it from the mold and then let it sit in warm water for probably about 30 seconds.

I was nervous that it was too long in the water, but when we turned it upside down, it slid out perfectly.

Also make sure that you put it right on the plate where you want it before you tip it upside down as you will not be able to re position it.

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5 Tips to Make Delicious Cold Brew Coffee at Home (#5 Is the Best)

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If you have the best coffee grinder for cold brew, then every season is cold brew season.

And every day is cold brew day. I’m sure you would agree with me.

When you can stay cool and satisfy your caffeine cravings without stepping foot outside, why not do that!

So here are 5 tips to make delicious cold brew coffee at home.

And let’s not forget about the money you’d be saving too! An exquisite cup of homemade brew, served with ice, might not be easy to prepare.

So a little help at such times can go a long way!

You can take my word for it. Words in the form of 5 Tips to Make Delicious Cold Brew Coffee at Home!

But before that, let’s set the foundation right.

What is Cold Brew Coffee?

More often than not, iced coffee is either brewed slowly in the refrigerator or cold brewed.

The result of both methods is a cup of cold, low-acid, and smooth coffee.

In short, a perfectly delicious brew! But many people like brewing it hot and quick. Using the coffee maker or French Press of course!

The best part about cold brew coffee is that it’s an ideal drink for summer.

Here are the cold brew coffee benefits I think you should know.

Although don’t forget to set limits regarding the consumption.

The coffee might be deliciously cold on a hot day.

But you can’t and shouldn’t drink too many cups.

Also, only coffee lovers know how expensive it is to support the cold brew habit.

Now there’s no denying that professional cold brew coffee offers an unparalleled taste.

5 Tips to Make Delicious Cold Brew Coffee at Home

Cold brewing appliances are one too many.

So you can easily buy such a device for preparing homemade cold brew.

But, to be honest, a fancy arrangement is not necessary.

Instead, you can do a lot with just a sieve, coffee, and water.

But if you want my honest opinion, here it is.

The French Press technique is the easiest. The method is very simple.

All you have to do is grind the coffee and add cold water. Then let the French Press sit overnight.

But there are always ways to up your cold brew game at home.

So to expose your taste buds to the exact flavor and taste, why not infuse these tips into the procedure too!

#1 Tweak the Water to Coffee Ratio

A strong brew is how it should be. Cause you might want to add milk or cream later.

You probably already know that the water to coffee ratio varies.

But you can stick to a ratio between 8:1 and 4:1. Feel free to tweak this ratio based on your personal tastes and preferences.

#2 Experiment with Different Types of Coffee

Trying different beans is no harm.

Most cold brew coffee recipes have you reach for the medium or dark roast.

But that doesn’t mean you cannot experiment with other kinds of coffees and roasts.

After all, it’s the only way to figure out what you like. Even if that’s the light roast!

However, keep in mind what you’re brewing. So you don’t forget what you’ve already tried.

#3 Experiment with the Grind

Do you know what’s the common denominator between cold and hot brew? It’s a well-balanced grind. And this brings the burr grinder into the picture.

Grinding your coffee fairly coarse is a norm for most people. But don’t hesitate to play around a little in this field.

There’s no harm in experimenting here. To achieve the taste your taste buds are waiting to appreciate.

Just keep this mind though. That when the grind is too fine, the taste becomes more sour and bitter.

#4 Filter the Cold Brew

Delicious cold brew coffee is silky smooth and dark.

So when using French Press, filter the brew just one more time.

Pour it through the device’s coffee filter. This makes sure that all the coffee ground sediments are eliminated.

#5 Add Coffee-Infused Ice Cubes

The thing about cold brew is that it’s cold already.

But you can always have it the colder way too. In that case, why not add some ice cubes!

However, wouldn’t that dilute your cup? Of course, it would. So how about adding some coffee-infused ice cubes instead?

When it comes to coffee, there’s always room for this kind of experimentation.

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Easy Mini Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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An easy Mini Pumpkin Pie recipe which is perfect for the holidays or anytime you want some (pumpkin) spice in your life.

With the holiday season around the corner, I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes.

Pumpkin pie is a holiday tradition in our home, but I don’t wait to serve it just for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

No, I make it all year round.

I love it that much!

My favorite thing to do is to make mini pies, as the kids love them, and it’s an easy dessert for them to help make!

This recipe is very simple, and is very delicious.

Easy Mini Pumpkin Pie Recipe

What you will need:

  • 2 can Pumpkin puree (not the pie filling)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 each ground ginger & nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cups of half & half
  • 24 – 36 mini tart shells

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