green beans almondine

It was about the time that the taster and I started getting serious that I really started getting into cooking. Of course I cooked up to that point, but I had a lot of grilled cheese and tomato soup from a can many a nights while I was in college. One particular summer stands out in my mind. I started getting a little more creative and made things like blueberry martini’s and sushi, but our standard summer meal was grilled fish and green beans almondine.

Once it started to feel like summer around here, I knew just what I wanted and a throwback meal was in order. Sure the grilled swordfish was great, but green beans almondine has to be one of my favorite ways to have green beans. Crisp beans, crunchy almonds and flavorful garlic all in one dish.

Green Beans Almondine – 2 servings

  • 8 oz green beans, trimmed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp sliced almonds

Heat large pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add green beans and cook for about 3-4 minutes until tender crisp. Add garlic, butter and almonds to pan and keep on heat for about one more minute.

truffled deviled eggs

One thing I’ve been wanting to make since I received truffle salt is deviled eggs – with truffle. Doesn’t it just sound heavenly? I tried it in scrambled eggs, which turns them into a decadent treat but deviled eggs was next on my list.

I figured these upscaled deviled eggs could benefit from the addition of caramelized shallots in replacement of raw onions- a decision that I can confidently say, was a good one.

They would make the perfect cocktail party fare or be a wonderful addition to a brunch. Either way they are sure to impress.

Truffled Deviled Eggs – makes 16

  • 8 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp truffle salt
  • pepper
  • chives

Peel eggs and cut in half, lengthwise, being careful not to break the whites. Remove yolks and set in a medium size bowl. Heat olive oil in pan over medium heat and add shallots, cooking until starting to brown, about 4-5 minutes. Add shallots and remaining ingredients to egg yolk bowl and mash to combine. Fill egg whites with yolk mixture. Top with chopped chives if desired.