March 18, 2014

From Ho Hum to Wow!

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Margaret's Morsels | Marinated Green Beans

My husband and I like a lot of vegetables.  Unfortunately, we don't like a lot of the same vegetables!  I love lima beans, but my husband loathes the legume.  He thinks black-eyed peas are the best, while I think they're best left at the grocery store!  I'm crazy about cabbage in any form except sauerkraut, but the only cabbage he'll eat is in the form of coleslaw.

One vegetable we agree on is green beans.  It's a side dish on our table more often than any other vegetable.  Most of the time, I just open a can of green beans and heat them in the microwave.  Since I fix green beans so often, though, I'm always looking for recipes that put an interesting twist on this old stand by.

When I first saw the recipe for Marinated Green Beans, I knew my husband would love it and I was right!  The recipe uses a lot of the same ingredients as the Green Bean Bundles I make every year at Christmas and Easter.  Unlike bean bundles, the recipe is easier to prepare and less time consuming.  The beans need to marinate overnight, so you do need to plan ahead when you want to make these beans.

The original recipe called for canned green beans, but didn't specify what kind.  I use whole green beans because I like the size.


Margaret's Morsels | Marinated Green Beans

The recipe doesn't use Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, but the rest of the ingredients are identical to bean bundles, except for the amounts and method of preparation.



Margaret's Morsels | Marinated Green Beans

Instead of wrapping the beans in bacon and layering the ingredients on top, the butter, brown sugar, soy sauce and garlic powder are combined and stirred into the green beans.  The seasonings can be adjusted to suit your taste.  If you want sweeter beans, add more brown sugar; for spicier beans, add more garlic powder. 


Margaret's Morsels | Marinated Green Beans


The bacon is diced -- the easiest way to do this is with a pair of kitchen shears -- and stirred into the beans.  If you don't want to add meat, omit the bacon; the beans will still be delicious.  Once everything is mixed together, refrigerate the beans overnight.  To evenly distribute the marinade, stir the beans a couple of times while they're marinating.

The beans take more effort than simply heating a can of green beans, but it's worth the work!  The marinade melds together and transforms canned green beans into a sweet and salty dish with a hint of bacon flavor.  The finished product is so good, you'll forget you're eating a vegetable!


Marinated Green Beans
4 Servings

2 (14.5 oz.) cans whole green beans, drained
1 stick butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
3 slices bacon, diced (uncooked)

Put beans in a mixing bowl.  Mix margarine, brown sugar, soy sauce and garlic powder together; pour over green beans.  Add diced bacon and stir until ingredients are combined.  Cover and refrigerate overnight, stirring two or three times while marinating.  When ready to cook, remove beans from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.  Stir the beans and put them in a greased baking dish.  Bake uncovered at 350° for 45 minutes, or until bacon is thoroughly cooked.

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March 14, 2014

National Pi Day

Pin It That's not a typo in the title.  National Pi Day isn't referring to the sweet and savory pies we eat, but the Greek letter (π) used in mathematics to represent the numerical value of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, approximately 3.14159....  Math is an important part of cooking -- just think of all the fractions!  Since today is March 14 (3/14), I thought it would be fun to use this play on words with pie recipes I've posted in the past.


Margaret's Morsels | Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Pie

Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Pie:  The addition of a streusel topping takes a plain pumpkin pie from ho hum to wow!



Margaret's Morsels | Banana Cream Supreme

Banana Cream Supreme:  This cool and creamy, no bake pie is a cross between banana pie and banana pudding.  


Margaret's Morsels | Lemonade Pie


Lemonade Pie:  What's more refreshing on a hot summer day than a glass of lemonade?  A piece of lemonade pie!  This beat the heat dessert gets its wonderful lemon flavor from a can of lemonade concentrate.  



Margaret's Morsels | Easy Peanut Butter Chip Pie


Easy Peanut Butter Chip Pie:  The pie is made with peanut butter chips and not peanut butter.  If you love chocolate and peanut butter, top the pie with a bottle of chocolate Magic Shell topping!


Margaret's Morsels | Chocolate Dream Pie


Chocolate Dream Pie:  This no bake pie only uses four ingredients and half of them are chocolate!  



Margaret's Morsels | Chocolate Cobbler


Chocolate Cobbler:  This eggless cobbler makes its own chocolate sauce!  It's best served hot from the oven with a scoop of ice cream on top!  


Margaret's Morsels | Cookie Apple Cobbler


Cookie Apple Cobbler:  This apple pie is super easy to make.  The crust is made with a package of refrigerated sugar cookie dough!


Margaret's Morsels | Chicken Pot Pie


Chicken Pot Pie:  The picture doesn't do this pie justice!  Refrigerated pie crusts encase a filling made with canned chicken, vegetables, soup, milk and seasonings.



Margaret's Morsels | Broccoli Quiche


Broccoli Quiche:  You don't have to make the pie crust, cook the broccoli or, if you don't mind spending a little extra, even grate the cheese!


Margaret's Morsels | Bacon Quiche


Bacon Quiche:  This quiche uses a package of refrigerated pie crusts and is baked in a 13 x 9-inch pan.  The filling ingredients can be assembled and refrigerated ahead of time.


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March 7, 2014

Top 50 Food Blogs

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I found out that "Margaret's Morsels" has been nominated as one of the top 50 food blogs on Voicebok.  Voting is currently talking place for the top 10. If you have a minute, could you please vote for my blog?  Copy and paste the link below, scroll through the list -- it's in alphabetical  order -- and vote for me (please).  Thanks!!!
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