Romance Cooks

Gourmet Green Beans – Karen Sue Burns

My family loves green beans so I’m always on the hunt for new ways to cook them. Sautéing them has become my favorite method, as they turn out so tasty.
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Gourmet Green Beans
1 1/2 – 2 pounds green beans, ends trimmed
2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and fresh black pepper
Option 1 – Herb Butter:
    1/4 cup fresh herb* leaves, roughly chopped
    1 large lemon, zested and juiced
    2 garlic cloves, smashed
    1 stick unsalted butter, softened
    Salt and pepper
*Use herb of your choice such as sage, rosemary, basil, chives
In a food processor, pulse together the herbs, lemon zest and juice, and garlic. Once coarsely chopped, add the butter and pulse until combined. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Use 1/3 of the herbed butter for this recipe and freeze the rest for another use.
Option 2- Vegie Dressing:
    2 ounces salted butter, melted
    1 tablespoon soy sauce
    1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Whisk all ingredients together. May double recipe if desired.
Sautéing Green Beans:
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the green beans in an even layer and cook without disturbing for one minute. Add the herbed butter or vegie dressing and sauté for 1-2 more minutes or until beans are crispy and still bright green. Season with salt and fresh black pepper as needed.

Christmas in Sugar Land contains four romantic and heartwarming Christmas themed stories featuring fictional residents of Sugar Land, Texas:
THE CHRISTMAS STAR – Under the glow of a magical Christmas star, two lonely people find each other and learn that the true meaning of the holiday does indeed entail family and love.
A HOLIDAY SURPRISE – After divorcing fifteen years ago, can two mature and successful adults overcome the differences that forced them apart and then succeed together at love a second time?
CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT – With the company of a clever puppy, a widowed freelance writer falls for a hunky landscaper as feelings of loyalty to her dead husband threaten her chance at happiness.
ROCKIN’ JINGLE BELLS – Can high school sweethearts now in their mid-thirties, a coffee café manager and a famous rock singer, overcome the dissimilarities in their lives and build a relationship based on love and trust?
This collection has additional Enriched Content that includes pictures, recipes, and author notes for each story with access or a notation to it throughout each story.
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