Monday, July 6, 2009

the best thing

about the bridal shower the other weekend was all the great recipes friends and family gave me! Maybe it is just because I'm a quarter Italian but I think food is a big part of family and love. JM and I often cook together and I am looking forward to working together in the kitchen as husband and wife!

After our super fun 4th, I decided to make the recipe given to me by my MOH Allie, Spicy Parmesan Green Beans + Kale. Now I never grew up eating Kale, but this was the best! We couldn't stop eating it!
To make:
3tblspns of olive oil
1 onion sliced
1/4 cremini mushrooms (i just used buttons)
1 and 1/2 lbs green beans trimmed and sliced into 1 inch pieces
1-2 tspns salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/4 cup of white wine (Allie uses dry vermouth, I had neither so I added a little extra water- it was missing the kick that vermouth or wine would have given it but was still delicious)
1/2 tspn red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1 bunch of Kale (rinsed stemmed, roughly chopped)
2 tbls lemon juice
3 tbls finely grated Parmesan (or more if you'd like)

* Warm olive oil in large heavy saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook till translucent (4 minutes). Add the green beans ( and mushrooms if desired) salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Add the wine and continue cooking till beans are almost tender.
Add the red pepper flakes and then Kale and continue cooking till the kale has wilted (4-5 minutes)
Add the lemon juice and Parmesan and toss to coat. Serve immediately!

Thank you Allie (for the pretty bowl I served it in too!) I have so many recipes to choose from, I think next I'll chose JM's aunts spaghetti pie!


A.Mountain.Bride said...

yum!! i hope i have a bridal shower! With recipes!!

Allie said...

Giada has the very best recipes. I'm excited you liked it too.

Color Me Green said...

recipes are a great shower gift! i'm a quarter italian too so of course i agree ;-)

lkltxva said...

my vote goes for you trying JM's aunt's Ham Pie next ;-)