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!