Spicy asian green beans………..

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grnbeans2Who doesn’t like grean beans? I love them…cooked any which way! My favorite way to cook them is stir fried with soy sauce. They are so good and you can do them alone, with beef, chicken, shrimp….whatever you want. I usually do them as a side dish, and everyone I have made them for, just loves them. You can use frozen green beans, but of course fresh is best.

Asian Green Beans

1 or 2 lbs. fresh green beans
wee bit of oil
2 fresh garlic cloves, minced
Fresh ginger, grated (optional. just as good without)
a few good splashes of soy sauce
1 tablespoon Siracha (chili paste) or whatever HOT you have

Drizzle the oil in a large saute pan. Use a medium high heat. Add your green beans and stir around till you see a little bit of char. Add 1/4 cup water and cover your pan just for a couple of minutes. Remove the cover. Add the garlic and ginger…stir around, cooking until beans are the consistency that you like. Add soysauce and hot sauce. It will sizzle up, but stir till the soy sauce gets a bit of char and carmelized. That’s it!! So delicious.

If you like cold brew coffee……

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You know how I hate Mondays. Why is it that on Saturday and Sunday mornings when I don’t HAVE to get up early, I do! But come Monday morning when I have to get up at 5:00, I push that damned snooze button 4 or 5 times and even then I have cloudy brain. I drag myself outta bed, stumble to the shower and all kinds of horrible words come out of my mouth. I make my morning coffee or I visit my local coffee shop on the way to work, trying to wake up.
That drive to work is lonnnnnnng…..well actually it’s only 10 minutes, but it seems long! My attitude sucks……I’m grumpy….I just want to tell everyone I see, to shut up. hahahaha, well…not really….but well, maybe a little bit. At least until I can wake up!
Ok, so all of this that I just described is my typical Monday morning. This morning however, I am a wee bit more perky….a little more awake. You know why?? OMG, I made the most wonderful iced coffee. Yup, and let me tell you…..it is a waker upper.
I made a cold drip coffee this weekend. It’s delicious, it’s strong, it’s delicious…..it’s a MUST MAKE if you are an iced coffee drinker. It is wonderful poured over some good vanilla ice cream too. 🙂 You’re probably saying “oh, I could just make a regular pot of coffee and let it chill. NO-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o, it is not the same. Cold drip is much better! You have to try it. Do it for me!
Super simple, super yum yum. Much, much better than any coffee shop coffee.

Cold Brew Coffee
8 cups of cold water
2 ½ cups good coffee grounds (I used DonFrancisco Espresso Roast)

In a large container, pour the water and dump in the coffee grounds. Push the grounds down with a spoon until they are all wet. Cover and let it sit for 12 hours. After 12 hours, strain it through some paper coffee filters or some cheese cloth. I put a paper coffee filter in a strainer basket placed over a large pitcher. This takes awhile to drip. But let it drip while you go do something fun. What you end up with is a wonderful dark, strong coffee concentrate. Chill until you are ready to use it.
Grab a glass……fill with ice and pour in your coffee. Add your favorite Creamer and be ready to WAKE UP!

Sweet Cream
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 cup of half and half or regular milk

Mix the 2 milks, chill. Pour a little into your coffee and you will be very happy. ahhhh, yes.

Who doesn’t like cheese and crackers?

A quick, simple post for a quick simple cheese spread to smather on a good cracker. Add a glass of your favorite vino and you are set! This is delicious and yet only has 4 ingredients. You and your guests will love this. It makes a great little gift too….just put it in a cute little jar, add a nice box of crackers and there you go. Who wouldn’t like to get that as a gift! Oh, and maybe add a bottle of good wine.

Sundried Tomato Cheese Spread

1 block of cream cheese, softened
2 tsp olive oil
approx 6 or 7 sundried tomatoes
1/2 cup romano or parmesan cheese

In a food processor, throw everything in. Give it a blitz, blitz, blitz until smooth and creamy.
If you like things spicy, like I do….add some chili flakes.