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Green Beans with Minas Cheese and Brazil Nuts

Oh, God help me. We are in the market and Suzen is in the produce section and she has her hands in the green beans. Please, help me. “Uh, we’re gonna have …” I begin to plead. “Yes, we are,” she begins. “These are very healthy.” “We just had healthy,” I tried a new strategy. “Yes,…

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Green Beans with Frizzled Scallions and Ginger

  Green beans are wonderful. You can depend on them, for they always taste the same. Same flavor, same drying mouth feel, same trailing after taste that screams: you just ate green beans. Since it is one of the few vegetables Suzen can readily get me to consume, she has thoughtfully been expanding her green bean…

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Green Bean and Asparagus Salad with Roasted Garlic and Garlic Vinaigrette

My mother was deathly allergic to garlic, so I never had garlic until I was about twenty-four and tried an Italian restaurant in East Baltimore. Cheap restaurant, so when the food tasted different to me, I made a face. A discussion with a waitress followed and I suggested she get her own fork and taste…

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Grilled Succotash

Everybody probably recognizes the phrase “sufferin’ succotash.” The phrase was uttered by the cartoon cat Sylvester and at times by Daffy Duck. That was in a gentler time when F-bombs were not strafing our cultural environment. “Succotash” itself is an Indian word from the Northeast meaning “boiled corn kernels.” The dish was once very popular,…

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