I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Happy New Year

There is no bad food, only bad portions. Resolve to quit smoking or something but don't ever resolve to quit eating any one of the glorious food choices that we are blessed with. I'd rather increase my activity level than lesson my food choices.

How about some "Greens and Beans"? A very popular menu item at most Italian restaurants.
One of the easiest things to make at home, it's a regular staple with my family, we just love it. Even the kids can't get enough.

6 cloves of garlic
2 15 oz cans of great northern (white) beans
3 15 oz cans of chicken stock
2 heads of escarole
1/4 cup white wine (optional)
salt & pepper - to taste
red pepper flakes - to taste (optional)

cut garlic into fingernail sized medallions. saute garlic in olive oil. add to chicken stock over simmering flame. add beans. add escarole. add wine and salt and pepper. taste.
Let it simmer for 20-30 minutes so that the flavors blend.
Grated parmesan or romano cheese to taste when serving.

If you wanted to make this a heartier meal saute some sweet or hot italian sausage with the garlic before adding the rest of the ingredients. Want to lower the calories use turkey sausage instead it's just as tasty with less than half the calories.

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