tonight we had a guest for dinner. a coworker of michaels from uganda. and i prepared a real grown up meal. complete with two vegetable dishes. something i haven’t done in quite a while and i owe most of my inspiration for this meal to the internet.
and, while hunting down a recipe for something new to try for thanksgiving, i came across this one for glazed carrots. i picked it because it calls for ranch dressing salad mix. something i happen to have a lot of. because this summer i found it in a mondo container at sam’s and new i needed it. when what i really needed was italian seasons dressing mix. which i didn’t realize until i was already back in thailand. these will go on my make again list, too.
our other vegetable dish was for haricots verts*. i discovered the recipe while going through my recipe box. i have no idea where it came from or when. and we all liked these, too. michael’s even requested i make them again.
but i’ve not titled this post grown up because of the grown up dinner i prepared. i’ve done it because of the grown up kid that ate with us. c15. and not only because he didn’t ask to be excused during the adult conversation – s10 fell asleep in his chair and a12 needed to go do something – he actually participated and in a thoughtful way. and i was amazed. and impressed. and i’m now very aware that i need to come to grips with the fact that he is growing up. and i’m not so sure i’m ready to do that.
*haricots verts are french green beans. and here’s the recipe.
- 1 pound haricots verts or regular green beans
- 2 tspns fresh lemon juice
- 2 tspns finely chopped fresh flat-leafed parsley leaves (wash and dry before chopping)
- 1 tspn freshly grated lemon zest
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
trim regular green beans if using and in a large saucepan of boiling salted water cook beans until crisp-tender (2 minutes for haricots verts or 3 – 4 minutes fro regular green beans) and drain in a colander. in a bowl, toss beans with lemon juice, parsley, lemon zest, and season with salt and pepper.