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Roasted Garlicky Green Beans

I love my new job–I work with babies and kids in their homes and schools, working on rolling and running and walking and playing and jumping and overall just having a fun time.  I do a lot of driving around Rochester, which is nice because I’m getting to know the city really fast.  But let me tell you this–there’s a huge difference between doing my job in 75 degree heat and doing in 95 degree heat.   I love my job in 75 degrees–in 95 degrees, I just try not to die.

The “heat wave” (otherwise known as summer) has also made me avoid cooking anything other than egg sandwiches and PB&Js for the last few weeks.  Then the most magical weather event of all time–a summer cold front!–rolled on in and we enjoyed a few days of high 60’s and low 70’s.

Now I am seriously ready for fall and pumpkin spice and apple picking and the glory that is autumn in upstate and western New York, even though I know it’ll be back up in the 80’s later today.  And I managed to turn on the oven!


Though I’m sure many of you don’t need a recipe for this, I saw the idea in a magazine or FoodGawker a year or two ago and couldn’t believe I hadn’t tried it before.  Sometimes I need ideas shoved right into my face.

Roasted Garlicky Green Beans

  • 2 lbs green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced (I won’t be mad if you add even more)
  • sprinkle of salt (you can add more as you need it later)


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss–It’s much easier to get even coverage to just take the time to toss it first, rather than trying to smother everything while it’s on the baking sheet.


Spread out on two baking sheets, and bake close to the top of the oven until browning and tender, about 10-15 minutes, switching the pans halfway through and stirring the beans around once or twice.


As the garlic roasts, it gets sweeter and less garlicky, though you definitely know it’s there.  You probably don’t want to make this on a first date…but four years of marriage in and I think we are good to go.

Season with more salt to taste if needed, but be aware that the green beans do shrink down considerably when baking, so don’t go too crazy with the salt in the beginning.



And be aware of cats underfoot.


I love the rug in this room, and the light that comes through the window is perfect for pictures.  We have new (to us) bentwood chairs to replace these antique church folding chairs you see here that were a little too short for the table.  I was thinking about adding fabric seats to the folding chairs for future extra seating use, but we will see how crafty I feel like being.


I did do my first reupholstery project–this is an old stool/flip side table my parents had from ages ago.  I didn’t take a before photo (not like I have a blog or anything) but here’s the finished project from my Instagram:


Have a great weekend!

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  1. Chris @ Shared Appetite

    I’m guilty of always trying to just distribute the oil over veggies while already on the baking sheet… but you’re so right. The extra step is totally the right way to go. Loving the new header for the blog!!!

  2. Anne

    Hi Lauren!

    I really enjoy your blog, your life journey, and your recipes. I lived two years in Rochester and there are many wonderful things to do there. Festival Season is upon you, and I highly recommend going to a few of them to learn about the neighborhoods. (I lived on Goodman & Park Ave near Parkleigh, (the best gift shop EVER – they even welcomed my dog!) There is a terrific festival on Park Avenue too, I think in August. If you think the heat is difficult, just wait til the snow. 6 feet, gets down to zero, and it won’t fully disappear until late April. (I’m just glad it’s you and not me now. You gotta understand – I’m from Southern California!!)
    I do have to comment on something you included in your last post that bears some reflection. It concerns the creepy factor you spoke of. I do understand you were trying to be funny. However, my history doctoral research concerns society’s contemporary attitudes toward men. We live in a culture of intense suspicion of men, just for being men. When we don’t consider men to be incompetent to perform traditional feminine tasks (changing diapers, child-rearing, doing the laundry), then we hold a widespread, only slightly veiled suspicion that men are pedophiles, rapists and perverts. Because of this, men can no longer pursue many professions involving children; Men won’t take jobs working with young children because the legal risks are too dangerous; University professors do not want to be seen having coffee or a lunch with female students for fear of being reported for “taking advantage of their power differential.” There are fewer and fewer men going into k-12 teaching (during my teacher training program we women outnumbered male students 15 to 1). There are even airlines whose policy it is not to seat men traveling alone next to children traveling alone. It’s an appallingly perverted mentality and one I am spending a good deal of time researching and writing about in terms of origins and negative side effects. So you see, your comment about the creepy factor of your car full of toys and balloons only perpetuates this notion, as female readers knowingly smile and nod their heads in the unified and silent knowledge that yep, anyone who doesn’t have children but loves them and loves spending time with them is somehow just a little bit creepy, and thus, a little bit suspect.
    I hope you don’t take offense. I love reading about your life. But every time I see someone has drunk the KoolAid, I feel I must speak up. Thank you for reading this.

    All the best, Anne Huddleston

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Hi Anne,
      I’m not offended at all, I appreciate you taking the time to say something and I’ll change that section because I certainly don’t want to perpetuate that idea. Many people who are childless are vital to the care and well-being, male or female!

    2. Lauren Zietsman

      Also, I grew up in Syracuse so I think that I’ll be able to handle the snow (though I’m sure you’ll hear a little whining!)–my husband, however, was born and raised in South Africa so we will have to see how he fares!

  3. Nuts about food

    I just got back from a short trip to the States (NY and LI) and when you mentioned the cool weather, I felt a pang because I was still there and remember walking out of the house in shorts and a tank top and freezing. Back at work now, thank you for bringing me back for even a few seconds to a wonderful vacation. Love string beans with garlic, usually make them in a very hot pan but this looks like less work so I’m all for it.

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