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Gifts from Spring…

March 31, 2011

Ohhh!  This looks so good, it may be on my table tonight. Another wonderful idea from Chef Payton Curry…

Citrus Spring Green Beans

1 lbs         Green Beans, vine end clipped
1 cup        Crème Fraiche
2-4 Tbsp Olive Oil
1  Tbsp    Apple cider or red wine vinegar
1 each      Lemon, zested and juiced
1 each      Orange, zested and juiced
1 each      Grapefruit, zested and juiced
to taste     Basil leaves, chiffonade
to taste     Italian Parsley, chiffonade
to taste     Tarragon leaves
to taste     Salt and Pepper

Garnish with bee pollen

Blanch cleaned beans in 1 gallon of boiling filtered salted water.  Shock in a bowl of heavily iced water.

In a small food processor slowly blend crème fraiche with citrus juices and olive oil.  You are looking for a smooth vinaigrette.  Fold in fresh herbs and citrus zest.  Season and pour over beans.  Serve on a chilled platter.

(Seriously… with one cup of Crème Fraiche! Have mercy!)

Dear Spring… with your irises, orange blossoms and cool evenings, please stay through September! Thank you.    -Kate

One Comment leave one →
  1. Kim permalink
    April 5, 2011 6:44 am

    Gorgeous! I have an abundant pea plant this year and each day all three boys come inside with mouths stuffed with green bits and smelly like fresh peas. My 8-yr old has discovered that the delicate new leaves taste like the pods. “More leaves, please” is his newest request. I shall add them to our green smoothies in the morning and salads at night. Growing some of our food and, recently, butterfly larvae, has given my boys appreciation for all God’s many gifts to us. We pray for our farmers and thank the Lord that people like all of you are standing for health and nutrition. We take our children’s health as seriously as we take their education. We’re in charge of it all. They consider shopping at the market part of their education on Wednesday. And it is. We’ll see you on Wednesday at T&C! Until then I’ll live vicariously through your blog until we can get a small farm of our own. I want my own cow for raw milk.

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