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Green Beans with Pistachios and Preserved Lemon

Hello, friends!

July was one of the crazier months of my entire life, but I made it through. I pulled off two large events (planned a grand opening party for the new 365 by Whole Foods Market and catered the Juliet Zulu retreat). We trekked to Seattle for my cousin’s wedding (and Margot’s flower girl debut!). I went to NYC with Bunk Sandwiches.

I am proud of all that I accomplished in July, and I plan to sleep for all of August. (Who am I kidding?! I have a toddler. No sleep for me!) In all seriousness, my plan for August is to lay low and enjoy time with my family. I want to snuggle with my kid and watch a lot of Olympics and eat long and leisurely dinners in our backyard.

So, I’m doing just that. Cooking and snuggling and Olympics-ing. Tonight, I made fresh tomato pasta sauce (check my Instagram for the recipe) and watched gymnastics with my daughter. She’ll be two in October and doesn’t exactly get what’s going on, but she exclaims happily, Watch ‘nastics! Do flips! Oh my goooooodness!”

So, yeah, I’m feeling pretty great about life.

Since I now have the time and energy, I’ve been cooking up a storm the past week. I bought all the things at the Beaverton Farmers Market on Saturday (corn! heirloom tomatoes! green beens! a flat of mixed berries! peaches!) and I’ve been having a blast in the kitchen.

Of all the things I’ve made recently, these green beans with pistachios and preserved lemons might be my favorite. First off, these green beans take 15 minutes (tops!) to make. The only tedious thing about this recipe is shelling the pistachios. (Pro tip: it’s a little more expensive, but you can buy shelled pistachio meats!)

I got the idea for this dish from the magnificent Yotam Ottolenghi. He posted a very similar dish on his Instagram last week, and I thought it sounded like green bean perfection. I’m not sure if he has this recipe in any of his cookbooks, or if it was just a random dish that he made a posted. Whatever the case, it sounded simple enough and so I set about making my own rendition.

So, here it is. At long last, a recipe! And a good one, at that!

 

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Green Beans with Pistachios and Preserved Lemon

Serving Size: 4 as a side

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 large clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1.5 tablespoons minced preserved lemons
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Blanch green beans in boiling water for 3-5 minutes, until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Toss green beans with olive oil, to coat. Then toss with the minced garlic, preserved lemons, oregano, and half of the chopped pistachios. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. When ready to serve, sprinkle the remaining pistachios over the top of the dish.

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Moroccan Spiced Carrots with Feta and Mint

You know what? Life is good. Life is really good.

As much as I’d like to complain, I really can’t. My cup runneth over. My freelance career is going splendidly. My husband is the best. I have an incredible network of family and friends to lean on. I have the cutest pets on the planet. Oh, and I live in a city full of talented people (and delicious food).

In addition, I recently started a job as the Marketing Director for the Beaverton Farmer’s Market. The job is a part-time and super flexible, which is a perfect compliment to my freelance schedule. It is a huge and thriving market, brimming with artisans, farmers, bakers, and makers of every sort. I love it!

Even though I’ve only been with the market for a couple of months, I can already feel a difference in my cooking and eating habits. Each week, I come home with an incredible array of baked goods, fruits, veggies, snacks, sauces, and more. I can’t help but be inspired by the things I find at the market.

During my first week at the market, I stopped by the DeNoble Farms booth and purchased a couple of rainbow carrots. I’ve eaten a lot local and organic carrots in my day, but there was something particularly special about these carrots. They are vibrant, flavorful, crisp, and sweet. They are light years beyond any carrot you’ll find in a grocery store.

For the most part, I’ve been eating these carrots raw and unadorned, which is totally delicious. However, you really can’t go wrong with these carrots. A few nights ago a made a big roast chicken dinner, and decided to make a side of spicy roasted carrots. I made up this recipe on the spot, and I feel that it’s a winner. The sweetness of the carrots pairs so nicely with the spice and smokiness of the harissa, paprika, and cumin. The addition of salty feta and fragrant mint just add to the depth and flavor of the dish.

All of that to say, I love these carrots and I love this dish. Really, I love my life. I got no complaints and I’m gonna leave it at that.

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Moroccan Spiced Carrots with Feta and Mint

Ingredients

  • 2 small bunches organic carrots (15-20 small carrots)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon harissa
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Wash and dry carrots. Remove carrot tops, if any, and reserve for another use. If you carrots are small and thin, you may leave them whole. If they are larger, slice lengthwise in half (or quarters).
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, harissa, spices, lemon juice, and honey. Toss the carrots with the oil and spice mixture and half of the chopped mint, then arrange in an even layer on a lined baking sheet.
  4. Roast for 20+ minutes, or until fork tender. (Roasting time will vary, depending on the size of the carrots). When tender, remove from oven and arrange in a serving dish. Sprinkle feta cheese and remaining mint atop the roasted carrots. Serve warm.

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