Skillet Italian Chicken & Pasta

Although we’re not Italian we know that Italian food is real comfort food. There’s something about pasta, tomatoes, and garlic that warms the soul. And who doesn’t love mozzarella cheese? Skillet Italian Chicken & Pasta hits all the Italian food notes and, even better, it makes clean up after dinner a breeze!

Skillet Italian Chicken & Pasta

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Sheet Pan Shrimp & Vegetables

Shrimp is something at least most of my family will still eat. So when I was trying to come up with a meal for our family dinner I decided the safest and tastiest bet was Sheet Pan Shrimp & Vegetables. Everyone except Jami and John eats shrimp! And everyone likes vegetables. Well, Estrella has no choice about eating them but the rest of us like them!

Sheet Pan Shrimp & Vegetables

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Super Simple Spicy Green Beans

Fresh green beans are one of our favorite vegetables. And I have a lot of them right now. To make things a bit more interesting I made Super Simple Spicy Green Beans last night. They’re always a hit with Mr. Comfortable and I love them too! Anything that takes a “same old” vegetable to the next level has to be good, right?

Super Simple Spicy Green Beans

Super Simple Spicy Green Beans really are super simple!

You’ll have these tasty green beans on the table in record time.

First slice a large shallot into very thin slices.

Super Simple Spicy Green Beans

Wash and trim a pound of fresh green beans.

Super Simple Spicy Green Beans

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet.

Super Simple Spicy Green Beans

Add the green beans and cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes.

Super Simple Spicy Green Beans

Next add the sliced shallots and cook until they’re softened; about another 3 minutes.

Sprinkle Bam’s Spice Mix over the green beans & shallots and stir to coat the vegetables. Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking until the green beans are tender.

Super Simple Spicy Green Beans

That’s all there is to it! You get a spicy delicious vegetable with almost no effort! And Super Spicy Green Beans go perfectly with the flavors of my Maple Balsamic Slow Cooker Pork Chops! Or try them alongside a tender beef roast or spicy ribs!

Super Simple Spicy Green Beans

Super Simple Spicy Green Beans

Super Simple Spicy Green Beans

Super Simple Spicy Green Beans

Super Simple Spicy Green Beans really are simple to make and they take humdrum green beans to the next level! You may never make plain old green beans again!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 1 large shallot, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons Bam’s Spice Mix (recipe follows)
  • Bam's Spice Mix:
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon. dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon. ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • Place all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir well to combine, using a wooden spoon. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. When butter has melted add green beans and cook, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes.
  3. Add shallots and, stirring occasionally, until softened (about 2 – 3 minutes).
  4. Sprinkle Bam’s Spice Mix over green beans and cook over low heat for 2 minutes or until green beans are tender.
  5. Serve hot.
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Gardening in the Heat

Yesterday the actual temperature reached 90 degrees and the humidity was typical for a Michigan summer day. In other words, it felt like I’d been hit in the face with a hot, wet cloth when I stepped outside. A sensible person would have gone immediately back into the air-conditioned house. But I’m me so I decided to do a little gardening in the heat.

Gardening in the heat

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Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

When I woke up I knew it was going to be a lazy day. The sun was already well up in the sky and when I looked at my clock it was nearly 8 a.m.! I decided instantly to make Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches. They’re delicious and they don’t take a lot of effort so they were perfect for a take-it-easy kind of day!

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

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