Season's Greetings from Three Beans on a String

I’m taking this week off to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. For those of you who will miss our Seasonal Weekly Menu, try using one of the 11 we’ve posted since October – you can find them here. I’ll be back in the new year with photographs and recipes of local, sustainable food. May your days be bright,and your heart be light! Merry Christmas!

Chesapeake Bay Rockfish Stew

Chesapeake Bay Rockfish Stew

Marylanders love rockfish, also known  as striped bass. Rockfish is the state fish, the main ingredient in cooking contests, and the top catch in local saltwater fishing tournaments. At one point in Maryland’s history there were so many rockfish that they were used to fertilize fields, but overfishing led to a decline in their population…. 

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A Week for Comfort Food, Weekly Seasonal Menu 11, 14-20 December 2014, Three Beans on a String

A Week for Simple Comfort Food

We’ve been grateful over the years that Santa often visits us a few days early to accommodate our holiday travel plans.  Once he even visited us while the boys were at school on a Friday afternoon before Christmas because he wanted to get our family on the road ahead of a blizzard. Practically, what that means to our… 

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Cranberry Lime Old Fashioned

Cranberry Lime Old Fashioned

The boys and I are definitely in the Christmas spirit. J.B. turns up the Christmas carols on Pandora whenever he gets the chance, and we can’t wait to plug in the lights on the Christmas tree every day when we get home from work and school. J.B. has his holiday orchestra concert next week, and… 

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Ham, Pear & Alpine Cheese Melt

Ham & Alpine Cheese Melt + $50 Whole Foods Giveaway (Closed)

This Alpine cheesy post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market. I only write about products I love, period.  First, how much does the whole world need a grilled ham and cheese sandwich right now? After a grey, rainy Saturday, at least the entire East Coast is jumping and down, saying “Yesssss, Pleeeassssse” about now. With piping hot tomato soup. And a… 

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Weekly Seasonal Menu, 7-13 December 2014, Three Beans on a String

A Menu Starring Roasted Winter Vegetables

This week’s menu highlights roasted winter vegetables: pretty striped Sweet Dumpling Squash, multicolored carrots, parsnips, butternut squash, and my favorite, mushrooms. Some of the tastiest winter vegetables come with lots of carbage, as my now very trim husband would point out. So, it’s important to watch portion sizes if you’re watching your waistline. I’ve also included several… 

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Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Mushrooms, Wild Rice and Apple Sage Sausage

Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Mushrooms, Wild Rice and Apple Sausage

Don’t you just love to say “Sweet Dumpling”? One of the smallest winter squashes, it has a delicate flavor that works well with just about any preparation. I love their striped yellow and green skin. The best thing about winter squash is that it can keep well in a cool, dry area for months. I… 

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Cranberry Banana Muffins

Cranberry Banana Muffins

I’m writing this morning by the glow of the lights from our Christmas tree, which we put up last night after dinner. Our little house is full of holiday spirit, or what J.B. calls that “Christmasy feeling.” Our Pandora station is switched over to Christmas music, the tree is up, the garlands are hung on the… 

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Lightened up menu for post-Thanksgiving detox, Weekly Seasonal Menu, Three Beans on a String, 30 November-6 December 2014

Lightened Up Menu for Post Thanksgiving Detox

Whew! I had a blast cooking – and eating – our Thanksgiving meal, but I’m glad there are only enough left overs to get us through the rest of today. This week I’m providing you with a lightened up menu for post Thanksgiving detox, with lots of lean protein and vegetables to support an active fitness routine…. 

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Winter Crudite with Green Goddess Dip

Winter Crudite with Green Goddess Dip

The obligatory vegetable platter has become so much a part of every gathering – from family Christmas dinners to Super Bowl parties – that we forget to make them special. Why not use our prettiest vegetables and serve them with an amazing dip? This Winter Crudite with Green Goddess Dip is proof positive that winter vegetables… 

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Cream of Shitake Soup, Crispy Green Beans and Shallots

Cream of Shiitake Soup, Crispy Green Beans & Shallots

Try our vegan, low calorie Cream of Shiitake Soup with Crispy Green Beans & Shallots after the holidays, when your limbs feel heavy from overindulgence or fatigue. The intense mushroom of  flavor shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, the ingredients include a pound of fresh Shiitake mushrooms and a pound of Baby Bellas, with some dried Shiitakes thrown in… 

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