Dinner Party – Tropical Green Beans

During the summer our Saturday morning routine, when we are in town, is an early morning visit to the Beaverton Farmer’s Market.

O.k. – so early morning means about 9:00 a.m. on a Saturday!  This weekend I was looking for some yummy produce for our Sunday dinner.  Logan was coming home on Saturday and he had invited some friends he met in Sweden while he was there in May to dinner on Sunday.  They are in the states for three weeks visiting.

When I asked Logan what I should fix for dinner he began listing off all of his favorites – so that’s what  we did.  A dinner of all of Logan’s favorite foods!

We headed to the farmer’s market for some yummy produce.

We couldn’t resist this beautiful, fresh picked lavender though so we bought a bunch of it.

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We also couldn’t resist paying a visit to our friend over at Zest Crepes and trying her special of the day – a Raspberry Delight!!  A crepe filled with a combination of whip cream, cream cheese and fresh raspberries, topped with more whip cream, fresh raspberries and a little bit of fresh mint too!  Delicious!

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Of course we needed some of these beauties…

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I ended up with half a flat of raspberries and strawberries mixed.

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I used the raspberries to make overnight waffles with cinnamon syrup and whip cream for Sunday breakfast – Logan’s favorite!

I used the strawberries to make a strawberry cream pie for Sunday’s dinner party. – Logan’s favorite!

We also made cowboy caviar as an appetizer, fast fire flank steak, herbed shrimp, Pioneer Women’s Crash Hot Potatoes, a spinach salad, garlic cheese bread, and in addition to the strawberry cream pie I made Pioneer Women’s Delicious Chocolate Pie.  All of them Logan’s favorites!

Here is my kitchen counter with everything lined up ready to cook in the oven.  Because I only have one oven I had to borrow my neighbor’s oven to cook the potatoes!

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One of the other things we found at the Farmer’s Market were these….

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We took home a pound of them and Jim very kindly snapped them for me – I hate snapping beans!  It reminds him of his Grandma Jane so he gladly does it for me!

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I know it can be a bit dangerous but dinner parties are my favorite time to try new recipes.  This time it was a recipe for Tropical Green Beans.  I’ve had this in my To Try file for a while and I have no idea where it came from.  I forgot to write down the blog I got it from so if anyone recognizes it – please let me know!!

The recipe is a yummy combination of garlic, balsamic vinegar, sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts.  I am not quite sure what is tropical about that combination but that’s what it’s called!

They are quick and easy to prepare  – snapping them is the hard part.

Here they are ready to go into the oven – covered in olive oil, garlic and onions!

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The recipe says to bake them for 25 minutes but I only baked them for about 10 minutes because I like my beans a little crisp – not too mushy!

The balsamic vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts are then added in and they are ready to eat!

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Dinner Party – Tropical Green Beans
 
Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, cleaned, cut and dried
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ⅓ C sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, diced
  • 2 tsp toasted pine nuts
  • freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Brush a large baking dish with 2 Tbsp of olive oil
  3. Put green beans, onion, and garlic in the dish, drizzle with remaining oil and sprinkle with salt Bake for 25 minutes, stirring beans at least 3 times
  4. When tender, remove beans from oven and transfer to bowl
  5. Immediately drizzle with vinegar
  6. Add tomatoes, pine nuts and pepper to taste and toss

Dinner was a success and we enjoyed meeting the Thorn’s from Jonkoping, Sweden.  They were a delight!  I hope they enjoyed Logan’s favorite foods!

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Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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Comments

  1. says

    It looks like dinner was great! Im going to write this bean recipe down, I like it! I love going to the Farmers Market, there is one in Salem that we go to, its the closest one! I have made PW ‘s red potatoes before and those are really good! Makes me want to cook!!
    Have a great day !
    Stephanie

  2. Melanie says

    All the food looks so great! Makes me hungry just looking at it all lined up there!! Thanks for the bean recipe too:)

  3. says

    Sounds like it was a great feast! I am curious, what are your plans for your lavender? I have a ton of it in my front yard, and don’t really know what to do with it, other than dry it or season sugar with it…

  4. Ellen says

    Just finished cleaning up from our dinner party where I made everything you made(you make it so easy on us!). It was fantastic! I can’t even pick which was my favorite. Even though I burnt the bread, my friend said she always burns the bread so her kids are used to it-and they did love it. It was so good that we are going to have the same meal at a party we’re having for my husband’s b-day in 2 weeks!

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