Saturday, February 20, 2016
No recipe cooking -- green beans
I was just sitting here at my computer, and decided to put up a blog post here. It's the beginning of a series of posts that I've been thinking about for a while.
No recipe cooking
My mom cooked this way, and my grandmothers cooked this way; but I'm wondering - How many people still cook this way? Or know how?
So this is the first of a (hopefully) series of posts sharing my knowledge of no recipe cooking.
This is how my mom put meals on the table 7 days a week. And they were very tasty meals too. Stuff like vegetable soup, spaghetti, ribs, pork chops, chili, etc. About the only times we used recipes was on holidays when we wanted to make something special, and then it would only be about 1-3 recipes. Speaking of recipes, here's your first lesson in no recipe cooking:
Now for green beans, I like canned green beans the best. Frozen green beans just don't taste that good to me. So,
Take 2 cans of green beans and open them, then drain off all the liquid. You do not want to cook the green beans in the liquid they were canned in. For cooking liquid, add some water. I prefer bottled spring water, but tap water will be okay too.
Put your drained green beans in a pan, add enough water to barely cover the beans. Now for the seasonings:
Stir this to mix in the seasonings, then add 2-3 pats of butter to the pan. Put it on low heat, and cook for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Other seasonings ideas are:
your favorite spice,
sweet and sour sauce,
And no, I didn't give any measurements for the seasonings. That's part of no recipe cooking. You don't measure much, but know just from looking or tasting, what is just right.
In closing, I leave you with this thought:
Err on the side of too little seasoning rather than too much. You can add more, but you can't take too much out.
Hope you enjoyed this post. Till my next one.
If you have a request for my next no recipe post, just comment below.