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Strings and Beans from Modern Pasta

From Pasta Modern by Francine Sagan comes this complex vegetarian dish. Not complex to prepare, but on so complex in flavor, so satisfying that you will not be asking yourself: where are the meatballs? The delight here is the string beans, cooked with tomatoes, garlic and pepper flakes, and simmered until they are ready to…

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Broccoli, Snow Peas, Green Beans and Bok Choy with Asian Spices

Incentive. You sometimes need incentive to get people to eat their veggies. We often resort to sweetness: carrots sautéed in sugar and orange juice. [Don’t be righteous, it’s good.] But it would be better if this culinary bribery could be accomplished on a more healthy note. Surprise, the surprise of Asian spices, is the fashion…

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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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