Chicken Basil Stir Fry with Walnuts

Chicken Basil Stir Fry with Walnuts

Chicken Basil Stir Fry with Walnuts

Lately my seven-year-old has been on strike from eating foods that don’t start with “grilled” and end in “cheese.” Meal times have been a roller coaster ride, with H.T. claiming he ate 5 minutes ago, is sick to his stomach,  or  – new- is concerned that X, Y or Z causes sudden death from cancer. This maneuvering is complicated by the fact that he does have a relatively recently developed allergy to some tree nuts and has outgrown allergies to soy and eggs. I have learned to be vigilant for signs of new allergies to old foods, and H.T. knows this.  He’s appealing to my God-given need to keep him from harm, and while I respect the emotional intelligence it requires for him to manipulate me with such finesse, I am ready for him to just  FLIPPING STOP IT.

On a more cheerful note, can I say how happy I am to see fresh greens again? Summer has been tough for growing kale or collard greens. The curly kale and swiss chard on my back deck has been sulking because of the hot weather for the last couple of months, and our CSA deliveries over the summer have been light on the greens. With the cooler weather in the last couple of days, our little garden on the deck appears to be recovering, and our last 2 veggie boxes from Lancaster Farm Fresh have included some beautiful mailbar spinach, tatsoi, dinosaur kale, and lettuces. It’s funny how fatigued of greens I was back in spring – when nothing else would grow – and how glad I am to see them again after doing without.

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Smoky Grilled Chicken with Zucchini Ramen Noodles

Smoky Grilled Chicken with Zucchini Ramen Noodles

I haven’t had ramen noodles in forever, but they are soooooo good in that salty, carby take-you-back-to-college way.  The inspiration for this recipe came from a friend who said she was craving ramen and was having trouble justifying the carb bomb. In general, I think if you’re craving something really specific, it’s best to just eat a… 

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Peach Breakfast Muffins

Peach Breakfast Muffins

I always loved the beginning of school. There’s something so exciting about a backpack full of blank notebooks and unsharpened pencils, and the forgotten smell of the school hallways when you walk through the doorway after a summer away. Still, it’s tough to say goodbye to the laid back mornings of summer, when I didn’t… 

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Roasted Tomato Basil Soup| threebeansonastring.com

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup Made with Fresh Tomatoes

The best thing about August is the Howard County Fair.  It’s a tradition for for our family, and because we always seem to choose to go on the hottest day of summer, I have 10 years of memories of wondering around the livestock buildings and the 4H exhibits sweating through my tank top while the boys pester… 

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Blackberry Peach Crisp

Blackberry Peach Crisp

I’ve been away from home for the last couple of weeks, and it’s safe to say my sunny little yellow kitchen missed me. I’ve never been so happy to put together a simple dinner. I set Pandora on the Americana station and got started roasting some baby eggplant. I sliced them in half and tossed in… 

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Gingered Blueberry Shortcake is a special addition to a brunch menu.

Gingered Blueberry Shortcake

There’s a reason blueberries are a superfood. That deep blue color is from antioxidants that boost the immune system, prevent infections, and protect the brain and the heart from inflammation. They also can help reduce belly fat and fight urinary tract infections. Most importantly, they taste amazing. The best way to reap the healthy benefits of blueberries… 

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Peach Sweet Tea and Rum

Georgia meet Bermuda: Peach Sweet Tea & Rum

Some might say I travel a bit, why yes I do! Last month my roommate and I joined my parents on a fabulous cruise from Baltimore to Bermuda. Once at the island, we rented scooters to tour the island and it’s famous pink sand beaches. Of course, it wouldn’t be a fabulous island vacation without… 

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Cucumber & Tomato & Salad with Mint Option 2

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Mint

Well into the growing season, our community supported agriculture program and our garden have been providing all of the vegetables our families needs, with some left over for preserving, for a few weeks now. I hadn’t realized it until I ran into the grocery store the other day for some red wine vinegar, but it’s… 

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Summery Carrot Dill Soup

Summery Carrot Dill Soup

Have I mentioned before that I’m a yogi? A full time job and a full load of classes have kept me off my matt for a couple of weeks, and I can’t wait to get back to it. What I’ve missed  the most isn’t physical, though my limbs do feel heavier somehow. What I miss the most… 

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Chilled Pea Soup with Tarragon and Chives

Chilled Pea Soup with Tarragon and Chives

Sharing this post from the early days of Three Beans on a String since about three people saw it back then. Fresh peas are back in the farmer’s market. On Sunday mornings I get up early, have a copy of coffee while I cruise Pinterest and eat my usual breakfast — a veggie omelet and… 

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No Bake Strawberry Chambord Pie

No Bake Strawberry Chambord Pie

With strawberries already available in much of the country, I thought I’d share the recipe for this no bake pie, which I made last season from the first fresh strawberries that came in our CSA basket. If this recipe sounds familiar, it’s adapted from an old Cooking Light recipe, and it was the inspiration for our  Strawberry,… 

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