“First we eat, then we do everything else.”
~ M.F.K. Fisher

Nosh on This

Popcorn go-to

Popcorn go-to

Everyone wants to snack on something, right? Well, popcorn is my go-to! I experiment with it all of the time. Of course, the ultimate is the pureness of basics: Popcorn, salt and butter. Sometimes, I like to add a little zest to my crunch depending, like everything in my life, on what mood I’m in! Here’s something to get us in the mood for our imaginary trip to Italy for the day:

  • 1 heaping tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup of unpopped popcorn
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • finely chopped fresh rosemary or dried (grind with a mortar & pestle)
  • grated parmesan or romano OR our ‘cheese powder’ that my daughter & I use: nutritional yeast (don’t knock it ’til you try it!)

Make your popcorn, then sprinkle the rest of the ingredients and with a big spoon gently toss it all together. Always eye the amounts and adjust to YOUR tastes ~ if you need or want more/less of something DO it!

Fresh Green Beans

Fresh Green Beans

Hey Sassy Cats,

I’m posting a recipe from one of my most favorite places to feast on, Food52 ~ This site feeds all of my senses! The images get my creative juices flowing, with design and with cooking due to their ability to tease both the palate of taste and their palette of color.

This is such an easy and delicious meal to make for yourself or for your family. Busy schedules usually mean that we veer into convenience mode of quick packaged pre-made dishes, over indulging on unhealthy meals or skipping them altogether. Not this time!

I wanted to prove a point to you that cooking can be fun, easy and decadent by posting a photo of what I made last night. This is how I do it, I get into The Zone, is what I call it. I grab a glass o’ red (Prosecco, microbrew or sparkling water w/citrus slices in a pretty wine glass), my drum sticks and tunes…then I can start GROOVIN’:

Recipe:  my whole family LOVES these!
Sautéed & Seared FRESH Green Beans

  • fresh string green beans (kids love to pinch off the stem ends)
  • olive oil (about a tablespoon)
  • crushed garlic or garlic powder (1 clove or a sprinkling of the powder)
  • dried tarragon (big pinch)
  • pat of butter
  • black pepper (little pinch)
  • salt (little pinch)

Directions: Basically put the olive oil in a pan on medium heat and add the crushed garlic, being careful not to burn it, keeping the garlic creamy white in color. Rinse the green beauties under water and shake them out, don’t dry them too much since the excess moisture will help to steam them a little. Drop them into the heated pan and they should start sizzlin’! Put a lid on top for about 3 minutes. Lid off, turn up the heat to medium-high and sear them until they show some blackened spots in areas. Turn off the heat! Sprinkle with the tarragon, the pepper & salt. If you only have garlic salt or powdered garlic, that’s definitely okay, just be sure not to brown them. Plate the beans in a pretty or sleek dish and even a white clay platter will show off the gorgeous green color of this vegetable making it the star of the table. Add the butter to the pan, swirling it around until it melts and then drizzle on top. You can decorate with some sprigs of fresh tarragon or sprinkle some on top (though my own kids prefer that I skip that step) and TA DA, simple & swanky side dish made by YOU, sassy cat!