Green Beans with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette

Leaning over the kitchen sink, my mother and I would stand side by side, laughing and sharing stories from our day, as we trimmed big bags of green beans.  I must admit that the painstaking process of going through all of those haricot verts, breaking off their woody ends, was not my favorite thing in the world.  But spending time with my mom and having those memories of us bonding in such a simple, delightful way, is why I have a special place in my heart for green beans.

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been seeing a lot more of them in our CSA box.  The experience of cleaning them isn’t the same without my mother standing next to me, but the process always reminds me of those wonderful moments.

When cooking green beans, I’m a firm believer (and I’m sure many would agree) that the crunchier they are, the better.  When preparing them, I tend to toss the green beans into boiling water for just a couple of minutes and quickly throw them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.

This leaves the hue of the beans vibrant and does not result in them being limp, as you will often find them when dining out.

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Lauren at Keep It SweetApril 20, 2011 - 6:24 am

What a nice memory! These look delicious.

Sanjeeta kkApril 20, 2011 - 6:24 am

I like the way you enjoy bonding with your mom sharing such mundane things in kitchen! Love the idea of beans and vinaigrette…will be a great summer salad as well.

Mardi@eatlivetravelwriteApril 20, 2011 - 6:27 am

Simple is sometimes the best. What a gorgeous spring dish!

fooddreamerApril 20, 2011 - 6:37 am

I love crisp, lightly cooked green beans and your vinaigrette would really complement them. Great photos, too!

Judith KlingerApril 20, 2011 - 7:03 am

A perfect meal…gorgeous!
It drives me insane that the Italians cook their beans until they are mush…you don’t need teeth. I tried doing crunchy beans when we had the restaurant, and the Italians wouldn’t even touch them. sigh.

PrabsApril 20, 2011 - 7:14 am

Nice memories. I am trying out this beans salad for sure!

MikeVFMKApril 20, 2011 - 7:26 am

Brian, simple can be outstanding. These look outstanding. I could see myself sitting down with a bowl of these and drfiting away.

And I can just see you and your mom working shoulder to shoulder. Love.

LizApril 20, 2011 - 7:35 am

I remember doing this as a child, too! What a lovely dish…perfect for Easter!

MichelleApril 20, 2011 - 8:12 am

My mom has a huge vegetable garden and I have similar memories of trimming green beans. Your post today brought a smile to my face.

Ken⏐hungry rabbitApril 20, 2011 - 8:29 am

I was just thinking you have gone healthy on me and then BAM! Thank goodness for your love of wine and cheese. Charming thoughts on you and Mom.

YuriApril 20, 2011 - 8:53 am

When I was a child, my mom taught me to snip both ends and remove the fibrous string from the sides. At first it was fun but then it became a chore. I love green beans, simply steamed or sauteed Japanese style with some dashi and soy sauce. Lovely photos and recipe, Brian. :)

Nelly RodriguezApril 20, 2011 - 9:15 am

I do agree, the crunchier the better! Love the pictures, as always ;)

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomApril 20, 2011 - 9:17 am

Love your salad as much as my mom’s. The almonds are such a great idea. That’s how mom taught me to cook veggies and it’s perfect for crispy, colorful salads.

foodwanderingsApril 20, 2011 - 9:54 am

Green beans are a staple in our house. This is a good summer recipe as the weather is warning up, even in MA:) Yes, it welcomed us last weekend with pleasant temperatures!! Pretty dish and pretty weather!

KarenApril 20, 2011 - 10:03 am

Such a lovely way to dress up green beans! I just stumbled upon your beautiful blog and can’t wait to read more.

Bianca @ Confessions of a ChocoholicApril 20, 2011 - 10:17 am

I love green beans and can’t wait for my farmers market to start soon. Great recipe!

torviewtorontoApril 20, 2011 - 10:20 am

flavourful way to have beans looks delicious

missiApril 20, 2011 - 10:27 am

We should probably eat some beans, cheese and bread and drink some wine on our back deck very soon! Yum!!

Marmande in the KitchenApril 20, 2011 - 10:56 am

I agree with you on liking green beans crunchy. I love the bright dressing and almonds!

Franklin from DineDelishApril 20, 2011 - 11:01 am

This green bean recipe sure looks good. Good enough as a side dish, or on its own. :)

ShannonApril 20, 2011 - 11:07 am

this sounds delicious, and i love the memory that accompanies the green beans :)

sippitysupApril 20, 2011 - 11:29 am

I typically am in the “crunchy camp” too, but green beans are also good charred and a bit burnt and wilty! GREG

Jen @ keepitsimplefoodsApril 20, 2011 - 11:42 am

Yum! Love the idea of a sweet and tangy green bean!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.April 20, 2011 - 11:49 am

Fabulous one. This is right up my alley! Great recipe and photos!

Barbara | VinoLuciStyleApril 20, 2011 - 11:52 am

I said it on Twitter and I mean it. Lemon and mustard…love them alone; even more together. Fabulous and simple dish; what more could I ask for?

katApril 20, 2011 - 12:01 pm

Oh that would be good with our ham for Easter

SuesApril 20, 2011 - 12:21 pm

I love simple side dishes and green beans are one of my favorites. These look delicious! I agree with you- the crunchier the better! :)

MeganApril 20, 2011 - 12:37 pm

I would like to be basking in the sun with a big bowl of green bean salad, a glass of wine, and a platter of soft cheeses and rustic bread. :) That sounds perfect!

sophistimomApril 20, 2011 - 2:00 pm

Ooh, that mustard looks divine. I want a jar of it.

Jean @ Lemons and AnchoviesApril 20, 2011 - 2:02 pm

First of all, I love your cutting board! It’s a beauty!

Green beans are such a flexible veggie–they go so well in many dishes but are always perfect as the star of the show, the way you’ve presented them here. I can imagine the lemon-mustard vinaigrette bringing their fresh flavors even more. :-)

Andrew FrishmanApril 20, 2011 - 2:07 pm

Mmnn. . . I LOVES me some beans, especially when they muster the troops.

Frejoles son un fruto musical.

This brings back memories of my grandmother sitting on her back porch snapping the ends off beans in the southern summer heat. And although I’m hesitant to admit it, the vinaigrette is a great improvement on her somewhat overcooked recipe! But the memories are precious to me.

SMITH BITESApril 20, 2011 - 5:33 pm

simple dishes tend to be my favorite and a big plate of green beans with this vinaigrette is just the ticket. and yes, the snappy, crunchy green beans!!

FlaviaApril 20, 2011 - 5:49 pm

Love this recipe! Proof that the simpler the preparation, the better so that the inherent taste and qualities of the main ingredient shine.

Jun BelenApril 20, 2011 - 5:50 pm

“Laugh and smile and take a deep breath.” I should be doing more of this. Thank you for the reminder. Lovely bowl of crunchy green beans!

Chez UsApril 20, 2011 - 7:41 pm

Oh, I love simple green bean dishes; crisp, flavorful, and light. This would be great with asparagus as well.

MeganApril 20, 2011 - 10:46 pm

The crunchier the better for sure! This recipe sounds wonderful … love all the flavors in there. And that’s such a sweet memory. I have memories like that of frying eggplant with my mom.

SajiApril 21, 2011 - 12:22 am

Love green bean salad…This looks yum

EthanApril 21, 2011 - 12:47 am

Green beans, green bowl, green stripes on the bowl. Everything looks great!

LanaApril 21, 2011 - 2:34 am

When I was growing up, the only green beans I ate were cooked all the way through. But, they were made into a stew, or a creamy side-dish, and they tasted really good. I still prepare them like that once in a while, but I have also learned to like my beans crunchy and vibrant.
Your approach is just fine with me, even though I have never tried pairing them with coarse-grained mustard.
I really like your recommendations for serving:)
My girls love to cut the green beans with me – that’s one of the few chores that they run to accomplish enthusiastically:)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenApril 21, 2011 - 4:18 am

One of my favorite ways to eat green beans! I’m a little mustard obsessed, I’ll put it on pretty much anything and the whole grain kind is wonderful in salads.

JoanneApril 21, 2011 - 6:36 am

It’s so funny, I have very distinct childhood memories of prepping green beans as well…except they give me traumatic flashbacks of having to trim bazillions of them…which is probably why I don’t cook with them that much. I much prefer your childhood memory, sounds incredibly more soothing than mine. I love the vinaigrette on this green bean salad…definitely the perfect simple way to end a stressful day.

DeebaApril 21, 2011 - 7:22 am

I often think my lad will have thoughts like yours when he grows up, keeping in mind the amount of time he hangs around the kitchen! I absolutely love the connect, and the recipe. I often do beans the way I do a char grilled broccoli salad from Ottolenghi. This is a nice refreshing change. I think I should have a stab at making mustard as well… you’ve inspired me back!!

Renee @KudosKitchenApril 21, 2011 - 8:24 am

Food and memories just go hand and hand. Love that you shared about your mom. Your beans looks wonderful!

KateApril 21, 2011 - 8:56 am

I love this post for so many reasons! The green beans looks wonderful and I couldn’t agree more with you about sitting down with friends and family and a big glass of wine after a long week. My mom is my best friend and I will always treasue the moments that we spend together – even the ones that might seem not as important because those are the ones that you end up remembering the most. Thanks so much for sharing.

Joan NovaApril 21, 2011 - 10:41 am

Lovely and nostalgic post…and good bean treatment too.

serena @bigapplenoshApril 21, 2011 - 10:17 pm

Green beans are one of the select veggies I genuinely enjoy. I also have similar memories of preparing them with my mom! :)

Lora @cakeduchessApril 22, 2011 - 8:48 am

What sweet memories. I was just watching my MIL breaking the ends off the beans just the way her mom does. Sitting at the table w/a tea towel in her lap catching the ends, one after the other, as they break off. Beautiful, as always.

JudyApril 22, 2011 - 11:05 am

Congratulations on the Top 9 – it’s annoying that it won’t let me buzz again to get more votes.

JoyApril 22, 2011 - 2:49 pm

beautiful post Brian — and congrats on the Top 9. I use to be in charge of cleaning the beans when I would cook with my mom — she’d usually be chopping. This recipe really made me miss her, thank you for the beautiful reminder how fortunate we are to have such incredible mothers.

Have a wonderful weekend :)

Chef DennisApril 22, 2011 - 3:49 pm

I think that is the key, when things do get bad just remember how good life can be…..
I am very envious that you have your CSA already, my farmers market opens up next week, and although there won’t be much local produce, I can’t wait to just stand in the center of the market and revel in the season!
Your green bean salad sounds like a wonderful dish to sit outside with and a nice glass of wine would just be perfect!

KitaApril 22, 2011 - 7:49 pm

Green beans are my all time favorite vegetable. I love them. So crunchy and delicious. These look beautiful with the lemon-mustard vinaigrette.

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsApril 22, 2011 - 7:52 pm

Green beans are one of my absolute favorites and I buy lots of them from the Farmer’s Market. This dish is just gorgeous and it looks so flavorful. Love the addition of the almonds. And once again just stunning photos! :)

Congrats on the Top 9!!

TraciApril 22, 2011 - 8:10 pm

This dish sounds like the perfect spring side dish. I agree with you on the beans – the crunchier the better! Can’t wait to try this and several other recipes of yours. Great blog!

EvaApril 22, 2011 - 8:12 pm

Loved the recipe. Green beans really are versatile!

In fact, I bought some off the back of a truck and whipped up a curried vegetable dish that came out really well: http://inthekitchenwitheva-eva.blogspot.com/2011/04/curried-vegetables.html

Love your blog!

Keep up the great work.

Eva

kitchenarianApril 23, 2011 - 2:24 pm

I love crunchy green beans and being from the south I have eaten too many overcooked versions. Great post. I also grew up “snapping the beans” as my mother always called it. Great memories.

Patty HApril 23, 2011 - 10:25 pm

What a nice, light and simple dish to eat all by itself or even to compliment a nice grilled steak- – I’ll definitely have to give it a try.

Debi (Table Talk)April 27, 2011 - 10:49 am

I picked a good day to catch up—trimming green beans congers up all kinds of good summertime memories, from picking them from our garden and feeling their fuzzy skins between my fingers, to sitting with a colander by my side as I tossed them in for rinsing.
Love the Dijon vinaigrette you’ve dressed them with!

Nicole FranzenApril 28, 2011 - 9:50 pm

Yum, love green beans and making it with a mustard vinaigrette, so fresh nom nom

ElianaMay 3, 2011 - 8:21 pm

Love this simple preparation Brian. And you’re right – limp beans are the worst.

saraMay 16, 2011 - 8:54 pm

i will say that my greens always come from some sort of lettuce, kale, cabbage family, but lately I’ve been thinking of green beans. LOVE LOVE mustard and lemon, especially with a nice crisp bean. Oh can’t wait.

ravenouscoupleSeptember 12, 2011 - 7:25 pm

this sounds like a wonderful side for any dinner

{Recipe: Individual Cheese Souffles}

When the souffles went into the oven, I had no idea what to expect.  How high would they rise?  How would they taste?  These are the questions that always hold me back from experimenting with such dishes.  When there’s potential for failure, I become reluctant to even give it a shot.

Part of my love for food, though, is the challenge.  If you’re not willing to challenge yourself, how can you expect to learn anything?

It dawned on me recently that I have never made or consumed a savory souffle.  From time to time, my mother would prepare them for dessert, a bowl of decadent bliss, with a big tuft on top, that would ooze with the first hit of the spoon.  Having a bite was like ingesting pure comfort, a blanket being wrapped around your soul.

These high expectations for how my souffles would turn out made the anticipation all the more difficult to bear.

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Lauren at Keep It SweetApril 15, 2011 - 6:23 am

Looks like your souffles came out really nicely! I haven’t ever had a cheese souffle, just the dessert flavors.

Mardi@eatlivetravelwriteApril 15, 2011 - 6:35 am

I LOVE savoury soufflés – yours look wonderful. But yes, a challenge to photograph for sure! Who cares if they are not risen 100% in the pics anyway – I bet they taste delicious! Neil has also been known to rush around like that for pics!

LizApril 15, 2011 - 6:58 am

These sound and look marvelous!!! My cheese souffle has bread cubes as one of the ingredients, so I’d love to try your version~

MichelleApril 15, 2011 - 7:05 am

Beautiful Brian! Simply beautiful.

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomApril 15, 2011 - 7:30 am

Cheesy clouds of joy. Wish I was there for brunch to see them come out of the oven, all puffed with pride.

Fabulous article on Foodie Bugle! I’m Digg’n and Stumbling it.

Ken⏐hungry rabbitApril 15, 2011 - 7:31 am

Now I have a craving for these gorgeous cheesy blankets. Good thing I have cheddar at hand.

Chef Danielle @ Cooking ClarifiedApril 15, 2011 - 7:46 am

Cheese is my favorite food group & souffles are one of my favorite ways to enjoy them. I’ve never had them with sour cream in the mix.

RochelleApril 15, 2011 - 8:11 am

As you have never had a savory souffle before these, I’ve never had a sweet one. I’m inspired to get to work on a sweet version thanks to your delicious looking cheese ones here :)

MikeVFMKApril 15, 2011 - 8:12 am

I’ve been thinking of making cheese souffles for a while now and seeing how wonderful yours look might push them up the timetable. Fabulous and they look so savoury and delicious! I bet they ooze comfort with every spoonful!

foodwanderingsApril 15, 2011 - 8:17 am

I love these individual ramekins, I got the exact same ones. I completely understand how finicky souffles are, but they do look fabulous. Never made savory, though I like cheddar, but made chocolate souffles in the past. this will be perfect for brunch!!

KathyApril 15, 2011 - 8:20 am

So where’s my perfect souffle? They look divine, simply divine. Now I need to make souffle. What have you done to me, sir?

JenniferAApril 15, 2011 - 8:21 am

Oh, so pretty!! I love Grafton Village cheese too – nothing like a really sharp 3-year cheddar.

Nelly RodriguezApril 15, 2011 - 8:23 am

So delicious! Souffles also make my heart skip a beat but they are sooo worth it!

Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveApril 15, 2011 - 9:09 am

They look fantastic. I hate a certain love/hate relationship with souffles. They always turn out perfectly when I’m serving them to family and cause me trouble when I’m serving them to guests. Troublemakers!

DanaApril 15, 2011 - 9:42 am

These look and sound so delicious. I can’t think of anything better than an oozey bowl of cheesy goodness!

AdryonApril 15, 2011 - 10:28 am

Eeeeek! I’ve never made a souffle before out of fear of deflation – but this makes me want to run into my kitchen and fire up the Kitchen Aid.

GeorgieApril 15, 2011 - 10:54 am

Woah… screech,! These are beautiful and yummy looking! You always seem to make the most complicated recipes look so easy and worth trying.

MelissaApril 15, 2011 - 11:15 am

These look and sound amazing! Must invest in ramekins so I can make my own!

Kimmy @ Lighter and LocalApril 15, 2011 - 11:29 am

Oh pillowy goodness of cheese, how I love you so. I love the little bit of cayenne pepper. I’m a firm believer that cayenne and often smoked paprika, make things just a little bit better. :-)

WenderlyApril 15, 2011 - 11:33 am

So beautiful! And I couldn’t agree more that we must challenge ourself in order to learn!

Lora @cakeduchessApril 15, 2011 - 1:23 pm

I want to taste this blanket of cheesy comfort…NOW! It looks like Eric is passing one right to me (thank you Eric!!:) Just lovely, cheesy, perfect!

Barbara | VinoLuciStyleApril 15, 2011 - 1:28 pm

I’m not sure why but I don’t think I’ve ever done a cheese souffle but the individual ramekins make it more tempting for me. Keep walking with that tray Eric…almost feels like I could grab one right off of it.

Rachel @ Baked by RachelApril 15, 2011 - 1:47 pm

I’ve never had one but want it now!

LirenApril 15, 2011 - 2:20 pm

Love the souffles, Brian, that lured me in, but I love your Rules for Food Bloggers even more. I feel the same way you do – I still am very hesitant about bringing my camera to restaurants because I do feel as though I prefer to solely focus on the meal. However, when I am invited to events for coverage purposes, I employ the same strategies you do be as discreet as possible. Loved reading your article :)

Brooks at CakewalkerApril 15, 2011 - 3:40 pm

Gorgeous souffles, Brian! I’m liking the Grafton Village Cheese Company too. The thought of a spoon breaking through the crust of 3-year aged cheddar, only to give way to an airy soft pillow of, yet again, 3-year cheddar sends me into the savory stratosphere. Bravo!

sippitysupApril 15, 2011 - 3:57 pm

Souffles are so satisfying to make. My mom too made souffles, but mine was just the opposite. She always made savory and it took til adulthood to discover sweet versions for me. GREG

Rosie @ SweetapolitaApril 15, 2011 - 4:16 pm

Oh my goodness, these are gorgeous! Maybe I can take a break from cake-baking and get souffle making this weekend. Thanks so much for sharing!

Maria @ ScandifoodieApril 15, 2011 - 4:31 pm

This looks so delicious, I can just imagine how tasty they must be! :-)

katApril 15, 2011 - 5:41 pm

You sound just like me the first time I made these! I was so nervous. Now I’m looking forward to make them again this week

Jen @ keepitsimplefoodsApril 15, 2011 - 6:31 pm

I’m terrified of making souffles! Yours look lovely.

Chez UsApril 15, 2011 - 6:49 pm

DUDE!! It is true we are great minds as I have been hungry for egg, cheesy dishes. Made a quiche earlier this week, that was simply amazing. Was thinking today, that I needed to make a souffle, as it has been too long. I hope up my email, and what do I see?? You beat me to it! I love making souffles. They are easy, and such a crowd pleaser, aren’t they!!

I cannot wait to read your post over at the Bugle. My friend, Tim Clinch, just turned me onto that site. They may cross promote a workshop, that I am promoting w/Tim; hands-on photography workshops. I had not heard of the Bugle until then. Looks like an interesting, and well written site!

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsApril 15, 2011 - 7:12 pm

I swear your food always looks incredible and I so want to taste one of these right now! I’ve never had a cheese souffle. I want this! :) Gorgeous photos once again, I’m always so impressed.

JeanApril 15, 2011 - 7:49 pm

Your cheese souffles are so much more elegant than what I guessed you’d make when you invited everyone to guess on your Facebook page. I’m glad I was wrong (some kind of mac-n-cheese)–these souffles are gorgeous!

Mikaela CowlesApril 15, 2011 - 11:03 pm

I have never made a souffle, but I’ve eaten my fair share. UUUMMMM – Cheese. UMMMMMMM – Souffle. Little personal ones, which seem to be saying I love you from their pictures. Wonderful.

SaraApril 16, 2011 - 12:44 am

I love souffles. Both sweet and savory. But somehow i feel intimidated and I never attempted them myself. You just inspired me. Thanks, Brian.

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenApril 16, 2011 - 6:02 am

You’re right souffles are indeed a challenge to photography, but you’ve done so beautifully. Wonderful article at the Foodie Bugle, I really enjoyed reading it, you give a lot of great tips.

bunkycooksApril 16, 2011 - 8:29 am

I love sweet and savory souffles and have not made either in some time. You have reminded me how wonderful they are, so thank you. :)

BeccaApril 16, 2011 - 9:09 am

Brian, your talent for cooking, photography, and your ability to have me drooling onto my keyboard within seconds of opening your posts are AMAZING! LOVE this recipe… keep up the great work!

tinytearoomApril 16, 2011 - 9:45 am

I’ve watched a french ex-pat make these on an Australian Foodie TV Show called Food Safari. It looked glorious and handsome. You’ve reminded me of them and have inspired me to get the cheese out.

JudyApril 16, 2011 - 12:40 pm

I don’t know if I’ll ever try the souffles, but I very much enjoyed your article. And as always, your photos are fabulous.

Parsley SageApril 16, 2011 - 5:27 pm

Oh man. Sour cream…garlic…cayenne pepper…cheddar cheese! I think I’m in love.

melissa@IWasBornToCookApril 16, 2011 - 5:42 pm

Just bookmarked this…looks great!

Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe ReviewsApril 16, 2011 - 7:00 pm

This looks great, and your photos are breathtaking! Wow!

Figs and ArtichokesApril 16, 2011 - 8:55 pm

My brother-in-law was once married to a woman who went to Le Cordon Bleu while they were living in Paris. They came out to visit us once and I remember her waltzing into my mother-in-laws kitchen and throwing together a spinach and goat cheese soufflé. Literally, just threw it together like she was tossing a salad and it turned out beautifully. I didn’t like her much anyway, but I really hated her that night. After they left I made a spinach soufflé just for myself as an experiment and was truly surprised by how simple they really are to make. I make them every once in a while, but have never made the small ones. I am excited to try. Thank you so much for sharing the article on restaurant photography etiquette. I don’t eat out much, and have only done a few restaurant posts, but for the most part I leave my camera at home when I do. Nice to have it spelled out by an expert.

SMITH BITESApril 16, 2011 - 10:50 pm

i couldn’t believe how easy souffles were to make and then kicked myself for avoiding them all those years! i think they are some of the most wonderful food ever!

wizzythestickApril 16, 2011 - 11:11 pm

Not something I’ve ever attempted but that’s the joy of food blogging my inner chef is inspired.

IlkeApril 17, 2011 - 12:28 am

I love cheese souffles and don’t miss an opportunity to order them! We will definitely try this one at home just to see how much I can mess up!

Cooking GalleryApril 17, 2011 - 5:14 am

This looks amazingly delicious…! I love cheese food ;) !

JoanneApril 17, 2011 - 6:48 am

(a) if you had turned down the free cheese I might have had to be very mad at you when I see you tomorrow. So good call. (And AHHH tomorrow!!! SO excited.)

(b) My soul feels like it could use a warm blanket to be wrapped up into. And if I weren’t leaving in an hour, these would be going into the oven. ASAP.

(c) Photos are gorgeous. So reading that article.

Karen BechmanApril 17, 2011 - 8:04 am

I love anything I can make in individual servings and these look great. Thanks for sharing!

Brian @ A Thought For FoodApril 17, 2011 - 8:55 am

Thank you for giving me a good laugh! But look what you learned from her! That there’s nothing to be afraid of.

I am now very interested in trying your spinach souffle. Sounds wonderful!

And thank you for your lovely comments regarding the article.

Alysa (InspiredRD)April 17, 2011 - 12:10 pm

So often, I am the same way. If there is a potential for failure, I don’t even want to try. Glad you overcame your natural tendencies and experimented with this dish. Looks like such a success!

MonetApril 18, 2011 - 12:05 am

Oh these look just delightful, Brian! I wish I could have one right now…I’ve been craving savory food lately…not as much sweets. Thank you for sharing another beautifully rendered post. You know how to get my week off to a great start. I hope your week bursts forth with flavor and love. Hugs from Austin!

YuriApril 18, 2011 - 10:13 am

I love these, Brian! I am not very comfortable with the thought of making souffles, might have to try them soon :) practice makes perfect.

CookiePieApril 18, 2011 - 12:05 pm

Gorgeous photos! And the recipe sounds amazing. I was just thinking about what to make for an upcoming casual early-Sunday-evening dinner party, and you gave me the inspiration. Individual cheese souffles with a salad and some great bread — so lovely. Thanks for sharing!

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MaureenApril 18, 2011 - 9:58 pm

I haven’t made a cheese souffle for ages and these look so good. Your blog inspires me to stay true to fresh, quality ingredients.

JoyApril 19, 2011 - 12:39 am

Brian I love the tone that your photos have set for this post — I feel right at home with these beautiful cheese souffles. I always found souffles intimidating until working at french restaurant and learning that it’s all about the feel :) Your souffles are beautiful, thank you for sharing such a wonderfully simplistic yet beautiful dish. You rock ^_^

Baker StreetApril 19, 2011 - 7:39 am

I made these yesterday and they were a big big hit! It took me exactly 5 minutes to prep. They turned out really well. :)

C-tvillingmammaApril 19, 2011 - 11:34 am

Love,LOVE the chees-pics! :)

Maris (In Good Taste)April 19, 2011 - 2:18 pm

I love the idea of the indiviual souffles.

Brian @ A Thought For FoodApril 19, 2011 - 2:34 pm

Coming from you, Joy, that is such an honor. Thank you.

Damaris @Kitchen CornersApril 19, 2011 - 5:53 pm

Your cheese souffle looks amazing, and yes I would gladly accept free cheese. This recipe remind me of a recipe on The Pioneer Woman where she made savory cheese muffins. If you haven’t make it yet give it a try http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/08/dairy-contest-finalist-recipe-cheese-muffins/ I think you’ll like it.

Have a lovely rest of your week

Andrew FrishmanApril 20, 2011 - 1:37 am

Mmnnn. . . I loves me some souffles, especially when they are cheesy.

En vez de decir “Cheese Omlette” la franceses dicen “Omelette du fromage.”. . . Es como ellos tienen su propia palabra para cada cosa en el mundo.

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serena @bigapplenoshApril 20, 2011 - 10:00 pm

YUM! These look amazing! :)

Vicki @ Wilde in the KitchenApril 21, 2011 - 1:05 pm

MMm, cheesey souffle! Looks amazing, great photographs as well!

ElApril 21, 2011 - 6:43 pm

These look absolutely sensational. I wish I had one right now.

Figs and ArtichokesApril 21, 2011 - 8:55 pm

Brian,
You are right…every experience teaches us something! I was just being a little bit of a “B”…okay, maybe a big “B”.
I will dust off the recipe and make it again and to see if it translates well to the smaller size because your’s look so fun, but the basic recipe shouldn’t change. Plate piled high right now, don’t know when I’ll have a moment to “toss it together”, so expect it when least expected. Ha Ha
Thank you for such an inspirational Blog. I always try to check in when I have a moment.

Audrey Ellen @ My Scene and HerdApril 22, 2011 - 1:00 pm

Baked cheese, mmmm.

Julia @ DimpleArtsApril 26, 2011 - 1:54 am

These look amazing! I also avoid making anything that may not turn out. Souffle is definitely one of those dishes I avoid. But this looks amazing and easy enough to make. I should get myself some ramekins.

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ElianaMay 3, 2011 - 8:23 pm

Hmmmm – they could not look more perfect Brian. I can only imagine how delicious they tasted.

ChristyMay 19, 2011 - 4:41 pm

Oh my, these are lovely!!:) It’s never easy to make a souffle, much less to perfect it!:) Yours look fantastic and it makes me wanna try one too!! Great job with the souffles;)

KellyMarch 28, 2012 - 11:57 am

So I pulled your awesome recipe to make for my daughter’s birthday breakfast today, and so was SOOOO happy with them! I left out the sour cream as unbeknownst to me when I shopped for ingredients I was out,and the garlic purely on accident, but they turned out amazing! I wish I could post a pic as I, too,snapped one as soon as I grabbed them out of the oven, and they.were. BEAUTIFUL! I am afraid no longer! (I also hand whisked quickly for about 90 seconds instead of pulling out the mixer and that fluffed them just fine!) Thanks for the inspiration!! :)

{Recipe: Garlic Butter Roasted Mushrooms}

There are recipes that you try and, after the first bite, you wonder why you hadn’t made it sooner.  For me, these  are easy to prepare dishes that usually consist of the following:  a vegetable, butter, and some form of acid (either lemon juice or vinegar).  With just these ingredients, and a touch of seasoning, a robust dish is created.

Over the summer, I shared my love for such a recipe… a wonderful caramelized shallot dish that came from Deb of Smitten Kitchen.  To avoid having a heart attack, I have only made it a handful of times, but I adored it’s simplicity and richness.  When you’re in the mood for a decadent meal, I can’t think of anything better.

Well, that was until now.

Back in December, Deb had an entry on garlic butter roasted mushrooms, which she, herself, called “perfect as can be”.  And boy did she get that right.  Not only that, but it’s much healthier than the shallot recipe (which called for six tablespoons of butter, versus the four here).

One thing you should know before I delve into the recipe is that I used to hate mushrooms as a child.  It was the one and only thing I wouldn’t eat.  When we’d order mushroom pizza, I’d pick off each one and give them to my sister to eat (because I was a good little brother).

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Made With PinkApril 12, 2011 - 6:15 am

Wow! I absolutely love mushrooms – always have. I just bought a bunch of little ones yesterday so will give this recipe a try tonight. I usually just fry them up in a bit of butter, garlic and soy sauce so will try something different tonight. Thanks!

Kulsum at JourneyKitchenApril 12, 2011 - 6:29 am

Oh GOOD! I do something similar but never added capers! I can’t wait to try this

ElizabethApril 12, 2011 - 6:49 am

So appropriate that put a hunk of bread beside the dish. That is exactly how I would want to eat it. This sounds lovely.

RJ FlamingoApril 12, 2011 - 6:51 am

I’ve always enjoyed mushrooms, but lately I’ve become a real mushroom freak! I could make a meal out of this, but I’d want to indulge in another “latest obsession”: a drizzle of white truffle oil. Swoon!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenApril 12, 2011 - 6:58 am

Any recipe that starts with the words garlic and butter already has me swooning! These sound amazing.

JoanneApril 12, 2011 - 7:01 am

I hated mushrooms as a child as well! Now I’m more in the ambivalent side of the fence…but I have a feeling this recipe could push me over to the LOVE category. Capers, garlic, butter, and lemon have that effect on me.

Baker StreetApril 12, 2011 - 7:02 am

Butter/ Garlic with anything is great. Love the idea of capers being added to it.

Ken⏐hungry rabbitApril 12, 2011 - 7:05 am

You can’t go wrong with garlic, butter and a single paragraph instruction. Added bonus: swiping with crusty bread. It’s a winner.

Maris (In Good Taste)April 12, 2011 - 7:30 am

I love mushrooms plain so I can only imagine how delicious they are with butter garlic and capers! I will find out though!

fooddreamerApril 12, 2011 - 7:41 am

Perfect as can be…it certainly seems so! Yum.

A Plum By Any Other NameApril 12, 2011 - 7:43 am

Agreed. I also saw and tried this recipe. I am forever in Deb’s debt for bringing it to surface! Glad to see you are also spreading the fungus gospel. ;)

Judy CraigApril 12, 2011 - 8:20 am

Oh my gosh – I can’t wait to try this one! Garlic, mushrooms, butter – these are a few of my favorite things. Thanks for sharing.

slangApril 12, 2011 - 8:25 am

This lookslas delicious and simple. I will definitely give these mushrooms a try.

RochelleApril 12, 2011 - 8:29 am

Any recipe with mushroom is a good one to me! I’ll keep this in mind next time I have a good amount of ‘em sitting in my fridge :D

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomApril 12, 2011 - 8:33 am

So many things I love in this recipe. I too was a mushroom hater as a child. It’s so sad when i think of all the years I missed out on eating them. Making up for that now.

DanaApril 12, 2011 - 8:46 am

I am already wondering why I haven’t tried this, and I haven’t even tasted it yet! Sounds so super delicious!

MikeVFMKApril 12, 2011 - 8:54 am

Brian, any combination of butter and garlic and roasted anything is bound to be good. I’m a big mushroom fan, any variety, and this recipe sounds great!

JanApril 12, 2011 - 9:09 am

I love the combination of garlic butter and mushrooms. I cannot wait to make this! Thanks for sharing :)

Nelly RodriguezApril 12, 2011 - 9:09 am

Like I said yesterday, Julia would be proud. Simple dishes like this make me happy! Thanks for sharing darling…

jennifurlaApril 12, 2011 - 9:10 am

This sounds wonderful, and looks rustic yet fancy. I love it.

bunkycooksApril 12, 2011 - 9:10 am

You can’t miss with that combination! Roasted mushrooms with garlic and butter (and a few extras thrown in)…that’s all it takes.

Parsley SageApril 12, 2011 - 9:14 am

Ohmylord. This looks heavenly. Had to bookmark this tasty dish. I too had an intense hatred for all things fungus when I was younger and in fact, only started eating mushrooms about a year ago. All that wasted time! Le Sigh.

Thanks for sharing :)

MeganApril 12, 2011 - 9:14 am

Oh this sounds fantastic. I’m a mushroom lover and I just found my steaks next side dish! :)

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.April 12, 2011 - 9:27 am

These are fabulous! Love your site as always

Vicki @ Wilde in the KitchenApril 12, 2011 - 9:36 am

These mushrooms look so good, with all that butter :) Fabulous recipe and great pics too!

paul jennetteApril 12, 2011 - 10:43 am

I don’t think I have ever had a mushroom recipe like this one. Capers and lemon juice? Interesting, I will have to give these flavor combos a try

Chef DennisApril 12, 2011 - 11:00 am

what could be better than those butter baked beauties, sizzling to perfection! I;m so glad you showed bread with that dish, because drinking the butter just wouldn’t be right, but I certainly wouldn’t let it go to waste…more like to my waist!
cheers
Dennis

Heather at FarmgirlGourmetApril 12, 2011 - 11:01 am

This looks great Brian! Love mushrooms roasted. YUM! Thanks for teasing us for what felt like DAYS! :)

Farmgirl xx
Heather

aquaApril 12, 2011 - 11:09 am

You really can’t go wrong with something that calls for butter and garlic, can you?! I make garlic butter roasted potatoes, but this one with mushrooms with capers and lemon juice has the promise of a great meal…I can almost smell it!

Mrs. Jen BApril 12, 2011 - 11:36 am

Perfection. I can’t decide if I would eat them as-is with some bread, or toss with pasta.

Or…both. Gluttony, thy name is me.

sippitysupApril 12, 2011 - 11:44 am

My mom made mushroom EXACTLY like this when I was a kid. She called them “steak house mushrooms” because they were a common side dish in those restaurants! Thanks for the blast from the past. GREG

LizApril 12, 2011 - 11:51 am

Simple yet fabulous! I could eat this as my dinner!

Mushrooms CanadaApril 12, 2011 - 11:51 am

YUM! I love roasting mushrooms like this… add a nice baguette for dipping in all that butter! I will often throw in some fresh rosemary & thyme…
- Brittany

JackieApril 12, 2011 - 11:56 am

Check out how easy pease this is! Even I wouldn’t be able to get this wrong ;)

Delicious stuff, Bri. How I wish you weren’t so far away…

Jax x

katApril 12, 2011 - 12:17 pm

I’m in love!

SomaApril 12, 2011 - 1:04 pm

Oh so good! probably the best way to have the mushroom..

Josie Lee SuskáApril 12, 2011 - 2:06 pm

Garlic, butter and parsley have been my mushroom trifecta for some time, but hadn’t thought of throwing capers into the mix!

ErrinApril 12, 2011 - 2:25 pm

I remember seeing these on Smitten last fall and thinking how I needed to try them…thanks for reminding me!

SaberaApril 12, 2011 - 2:26 pm

This sounds absolutely delicious! And you’re right its really easy to make. Can’t wait to try it….

AdelinaApril 12, 2011 - 2:27 pm

These are gorgeous! I am mesmerized by the list of ingredients and this mouthwatering photo.

RavieNomNomsApril 12, 2011 - 2:51 pm

That looks amazing

JoyApril 12, 2011 - 3:27 pm

That is a great side dish. Simple but delish.

Lora @cakeduchessApril 12, 2011 - 4:25 pm

I am so loving these gorgeous buttery mushrooms! I agree with Dennis that it’s nice you show the chunks of bread to scoop up the yumminess!:)

CeliaApril 12, 2011 - 4:33 pm

Gorgeous! I love those hefty, unashamed pats of butter…and anything with capers.

Bianca @ Confessions of a ChocoholicApril 12, 2011 - 5:32 pm

I make a garlic-butter-mushroom dish that reminds me of this, but I never thought of adding capers! This sounds ridiculously good, and yes perfect with some crusty bread.

Barbara | VinoLuciStyleApril 12, 2011 - 5:43 pm

Times like this I just want to stop. Working that is and go get out the mushrooms and get some sizzling on the stove. LOVE this flavor combination. Who needs steak anyhow?

AthenaApril 12, 2011 - 5:59 pm

Tomorrows plan: Wake up. Have coffee. Go to store for mushrooms… I love this recipe! Thank you for sharing!

JeanApril 12, 2011 - 8:15 pm

Is there a better combination than garlic, butter and mushrooms? I don’t think so. Oh, wait! Roasted garlic and butter mushrooms! Thanks for the idea, Brian. I’ve grilled and sauteed mushrooms but haven’t roasted them this way. Lovely!

KaseyApril 12, 2011 - 8:20 pm

My husband, Matt, is a huge mushroom fan, so I’m always looking for a great recipe. Garlic and butter? Can’t go wrong with that!

Andrew FrishmanApril 13, 2011 - 12:56 am

MMnnn. . . I LOVES me some fungus, especially when it’s hecka garlicky!

Hongos son muy divertidos.

ClaireApril 13, 2011 - 8:38 am

O.M.G. This looks incredible.

Jen @ keepitsimplefoodsApril 13, 2011 - 10:55 am

I bet these smell and taste amazing! Too bad my head is all stuffy- no sense of taste or smell. :(

MissiApril 13, 2011 - 11:05 am

This just looks like crack – once you have some you want it all! A must try!!!
Thanks, Brian!

Lauren at Keep It SweetApril 13, 2011 - 12:18 pm

These mushrooms look amazing and my husband would love them!

Julia @ DimpleArtsApril 13, 2011 - 5:29 pm

This dish sounds delicious! You’re right based on your description, very easy!

DeLacyApril 13, 2011 - 8:17 pm

Exquisite, you read my mind! I am in a mushroom mood after all this rain. Thank you for the fabulous recipe and inspiring recipe!

DeLacy

marlaApril 13, 2011 - 11:56 pm

These garlicky, buttery mushrooms are simple comfort food at it’s finest!

SMITH BITESApril 14, 2011 - 6:42 am

yep – the simpler the dish, the better IMHO – absolutely perfection and i would eat the entire dish all. by. myself.

CandaceApril 14, 2011 - 8:31 am

I made these wonderful mushrooms last night and they were fabulous!! We had them with grilled chicken, lightly steamed asparagus and sautee’d summer squash and onions. Thank you for the incredible recipe. My whole house smelled amazing. Next time, I will have crusty bread in the house when I make them. We definitely missed the bread with that yummy garlic butter sauce. :)

KathApril 14, 2011 - 10:38 am

I saw these on Smitten Kitchen and filed it away on my “must try” list. Thanks for the reminder! Your version looks terrific!

JudyApril 14, 2011 - 10:51 am

Congratulations on the Top 9. I already buzzed and it won’t let me do it again.

Brian @ A Thought For FoodApril 14, 2011 - 10:57 am

Thank you so much Judy! Very much appreciated!

Brian @ A Thought For FoodApril 14, 2011 - 11:09 am

I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Your description is making me crave them again.

JamieApril 14, 2011 - 11:42 am

I adore mushrooms in just about any form but garlic and butter and lemon is heaven! Simply perfect!

sensiblecookignApril 14, 2011 - 1:18 pm

I always loved mushroom. So my sibling never had enough when I was around. This is so simple and yet flavorful dish. Mushroom, parsley, garlic and butter they are made for each other.

AdrianaApril 14, 2011 - 2:26 pm

Sometimes the simplest recipes are so deceptively complex in their taste – I definitely agree! I could probably eat that whole baking dish by myself! Congrats on the Top 9 post.

CharlieApril 14, 2011 - 4:34 pm

Hello! I just made your recipe.

Instead of a pound of small mushrooms I used a huge portobello.
I also included some onions.

When it was done, I put it on a kaiser bun and enjoyed. Next time though I will cook three or four portobellos and put them all on the same bun.

Great marrying of tastes!

A recipe for my “To Keep” file :~))

Thank you so much for sharing.

CarolApril 14, 2011 - 5:09 pm

I was exactly like you as a kid…the best way to ruin a recipe for me was to add mushrooms…yuck! But as they say, with age comes wisdom. My husband loves them so I would make them for him, and over the years I recognized that the “fungus among us” (as I used to call them) was pretty good. I now realize it was my mom’s use of canned mushrooms that was the yucky stuff! Your recipe is “simply” delicious!

sophistimomApril 14, 2011 - 10:44 pm

Mmmm . . . mushrooms. I definitely need to try this now. It’s such a perfect vegetarian dish.

Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }April 14, 2011 - 11:32 pm

Brian – I saw the same post and fell in love with the simplicity and flavors. I made it one night for my husband and I and it was an instant hit. Your photos are beautiful. Congratulations on today’s Top 9! Well deserved!! :-)

Jimmy HuangApril 15, 2011 - 1:53 am

I love the earthiness and texture of mushrooms. so simple yet so delicious. This recipe looks great! I will try it soon.

Chez UsApril 15, 2011 - 6:45 pm

Brian, great minds think alike; we had mushrooms last week as well. I have been tossing around the idea of making a steak dinner with garlic mushrooms … yum yum yum. I have not tried baking them before, but heck, why not? I bake all my other veggies. Thanks for the inspiration!

JasonApril 16, 2011 - 5:53 pm

Perfect trifecta ! Nice.
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Brian @ A Thought For FoodApril 16, 2011 - 5:59 pm

Would love to know what he thinks of them!

Delicious links! « Chef PanditaApril 18, 2011 - 12:23 pm

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GregApril 18, 2011 - 12:39 pm

Those look amazing!

BigFatBakerApril 18, 2011 - 1:40 pm

Your pictures are beautiful, and those mushrooms look to die for. I don’t usually like mushrooms but butter will change my mind about anything :) I found you through Chef Pandita’s delicious links post, and I am glad I did. Have a wonderful week!

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MaureenApril 18, 2011 - 9:56 pm

Thanks to ChefPandita for directing me here. How good do these look? This is a perfect side dish that looks good, tastes good and is easy to make – what’s not to love?

MissiApril 21, 2011 - 7:31 am

And I’m officially hooked! We made them last night and I could have easily eaten the whole dish by myself.

Thanks, Brian!

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionApril 21, 2011 - 4:40 pm

Oh… I so want this for dinner! Lovely!

Kim- Liv LifeApril 25, 2011 - 12:00 am

Oh, how I wish I’d seen this before I made my dinner tonight! These would have been a perfect complement to our fillets. Will save for next time!

Wendi @ Bon Appetit HonApril 25, 2011 - 8:55 am

Brian, I served these lovely mushrooms with roasted chicken for Easter dinner. They were superb.

ElianaMay 3, 2011 - 8:31 pm

So simple yet so delicious! Now I need to pick u some mushrooms my next visit to the grocery store.

chopinandmysaucepanMay 11, 2011 - 1:36 am

Indeed this looks like a beautiful meal. Mushrooms and butter with a little herb just go so well!

AnnaMay 20, 2011 - 4:17 am

These mushrooms look so good! I will have to make them soon. I was picky as a kid but have always loved mushrooms.

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Barbara | Creative CulinarySeptember 13, 2011 - 1:11 pm

Lucky I love mushrooms…baked, broiled, sauteed. In risotto, mashed potatoes and even raw. I’ve roasted them before but not with capers…interesting addition that I will have to try.

Cookbook for a Cause: A Sneek Peek at the Peko Peko Charity Cookbook for Japan

It’s hard to believe it’s almost been a month since the earthquake hit Japan.  That event and the subsequent tsunami and aftershocks that have damaged that nation have been tough to grasp, let alone articulate into words.  I’ve been torn about whether I wanted to talk about it here.  This blog, my pride and joy, is my getaway from all the stresses in the world.  It’s where I get to express myself and my love of food through a creative medium.  And I do my darndest to keep things light.  I want this to be a place where people can come and forget about all the bad stuff that happened at work or the heartbreaking news that they read in the paper that day.

At the same time, A Thought For Food is an extension of who I am and that means that I shouldn’t hold back on talking about something I feel strongly about.

Some things are unexplainable, but a natural disaster is not one of those things.  You can’t ask why it happened or how it happened, because we know the answers to both of those questions.  So we’re left with a feeling of, “Now what? What are we supposed to do?”

During a time like this, it’s hard not to feel hopeless.  And for a while, that’s exactly how I felt.  An aftershock here, another there. Being so far away, so disconnected from what’s been happening, has left me questioning if there’s anything that I can do but sit here and watch.

Thankfully, the answer to this question is yes, there is plenty that can be done.

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GeorgieApril 9, 2011 - 1:52 am

This is wonderful… the post, your words, the recipe, the cause and mostly the book. Thank you!

Julia @ DimpleArtsApril 9, 2011 - 2:49 am

Beautiful photos. Great idea regarding the cookbook!

JoanneApril 9, 2011 - 8:42 am

natural disasters are all the more terrible because there is no explanation…no one to blame…and nothing to do except more forward and do the best we can to pick up the pieces. You are certainly doing your part and I can’t wait to see this cookbook in it’s finished version!

bunkycooksApril 9, 2011 - 8:46 am

This is a great idea Brian. I am glad that are a part of the cookbook.

MikeVFMKApril 9, 2011 - 9:15 am

Brian, beautiful pictures and beautiful words. And a cause dear to all our hearts.

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomApril 9, 2011 - 9:45 am

I come to your blog to get away from the stresses of the world too, but I’m so happy you and others are doing this cookbook. Wonderful dip Brian, and the photos make me want to get the recipe so good promo!

Andrew FrishmanApril 9, 2011 - 10:02 am

Mnnn. . . I loves me some edamame spinach dip.

Terremotos son terribles.

Mardi@eatlivetravelwriteApril 9, 2011 - 10:09 am

So happy to be a part of this great project with bloggers like you :)

Chef DennisApril 9, 2011 - 10:13 am

Hi Brian

what a wonderful project, I know that cookbook will be very successful with bloggers like yourself donating your time and energy. Your dip does look like a delicious addition to the cookbook, I have been wondering what else I could do with edamame, thanks for the inspiration!
Dennis

MeganApril 9, 2011 - 10:32 am

What a great project for such a great cause. And you have added to the collection.one delicious looking dip

sippitysupApril 9, 2011 - 10:51 am

Well said! GREG

JoytiApril 9, 2011 - 11:42 am

What a beautiful entry – the photograph, the words, and the message behind it all.
And the cookbook sounds like a great idea!

AshleyApril 9, 2011 - 12:28 pm

Brian thanks so much for telling me about this. It warms my heart to see the food blogging community using their talents for such wonderful things like providing for the children of Japan. Looking forward to when the book comes out.

My Man's BellyApril 9, 2011 - 5:17 pm

Ah…using your talents for good instead of evilly wreaking havoc on my waistline. Nice.

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.April 9, 2011 - 6:08 pm

Great post. I can’t wait to see this book and your contributions!

EthanApril 9, 2011 - 9:28 pm

I think it’s alright to talk about the downs of life from time to time. It’s your thoughts, right?
The dip looks great, glad to see you’re a part of the project!

elizabethApril 9, 2011 - 10:31 pm

Absolutely gorgeous. I must say that I used Blurb to make my guest book for my wedding (we used pictures both scanned and digital) and they made them all look beautiful, so you’re working with a great company to make the book. I want to know when it comes out!

Anita MenonApril 10, 2011 - 1:03 am

Some of the best photographs on your blog so far and that too for such a great cause. Kudos.

PeggyApril 10, 2011 - 10:34 am

I’ll definitely be waiting in anticipation for the book to come out! Can’t wait to snag a copy! =)

MonetApril 11, 2011 - 12:14 am

Just lovely, Brian. My best friend is teaching in Japan, so this especially touched my heart. Thank you for infusing your posts with your kind spirit, your thoughtful words, and your beautiful photographs. Even in the midst of sadness, I find such solace visiting the blogs that I’ve grown to love this past year. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week, my friend. A big hug from Austin!

sophiaApril 11, 2011 - 9:47 pm

I have a friend out in Sendai so this tragedy was a bit more close to home. There isn’t much we can do, but it’s lovely to see people contribute in every way, big and small. They all make a difference!

naomiApril 11, 2011 - 10:38 pm

What a great way to help. I love your endamame spinach dip. What a great combination and so creative!

TriciaApril 13, 2011 - 11:15 am

Lovely post and beautiful photos! Can’t wait to check out the cookbook — congrats on contributing to it!

Aimee @ Simple BitesApril 14, 2011 - 10:12 pm

Beautiful post, Brian. It is thrilling to be involved with this cookbook. Honestly, it can’t come soon enough – especially now that I’ve seen this dip.

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{Recipe: Quick Veggie Chili over Pasta}

People seem to have a love-hate relationship with spicy foods.  Some folks can’t get enough, others avoid it like it’s the plague.  In the past, I’ve been torn about how I feel about it myself.  I grew up with a few health problems which prohibited me from experimenting with such foods.

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I began to kick things up a bit.  Since then, I’ve become best buddies with red pepper flakes and I always have a bottle of sriracha sauce on hand in the fridge.  I’ve found great joy in learning how to play with chiles in a way that doesn’t overpower the other ingredients being used.  It’s a complicated balancing act, for sure.

What I’ve come to learn is this: when it’s done right, adding some spice  to a dish can be refreshing and can turn a rather ordinary meal into a visceral experience.

I came up with this quick vegetarian chili recipe a few weeks ago when we were a bit limited on ingredients in the fridge.  There is always a container or two of tofu tucked away and the cabinet is stocked with canned tomatoes and beans to take out during desperate times like these.  The key component here, though, is the pickled jalapenos.  They pack a punch, but, due to their preparation, have mellowed out slightly.

A lot of my weeknight dinners are similar to this recipe.  It’s such a pleasure to throw everything into a big pot, set the burner to simmer, and let it all come together.  There’s not a whole lot of production, which, after a long day at work, nobody wants to do.

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serena @bigapplenoshApril 6, 2011 - 12:06 am

This looks absolutely delicious. I’m with you on the heat/spice – I’ve slowly warmed up to it (oh, haha! Pun not intended) over the years. I think I appreciate the flavor of peppers/spice more so than the actual heat. Great post!

ElianaApril 6, 2011 - 12:07 am

Oh how I wish I could dive into a bowl of this right this second! And ground cinnamon in chili? That sounds so enticing. Will have to try this for one of my weeknight dinners as well.

KimberleyApril 6, 2011 - 12:26 am

I have had exactly the same experience with chilis and heat! In part because my tolerance for it seems to have increased. I didn’t even use them in food until recently; it’s been fun.

saltyseattleApril 6, 2011 - 2:29 am

I do the exact same thing- and always in a le creuset too! somehow a big pot of something always looks better in le creuset. btw, speaking of nominations, i plan to offer you up to the photography deities- i hope that’s where you feel most comfortable :) xx, L

tinytearoomApril 6, 2011 - 3:25 am

this is excellent. another lovely dish to add to our rotating dinner list.

MikeVFMKApril 6, 2011 - 5:10 am

I love the thought of a big pot a chili or something simmering away under your watchful eye. It makes for a great meal on the days we’re in the biggest time crunch. Personally, I love the addition of spice. Heat is always better!

Lauren at Keep It SweetApril 6, 2011 - 6:34 am

Great looking dinner!

Maris (In Good Taste)April 6, 2011 - 6:41 am

Love the idea of chili over pasta

WenderlyApril 6, 2011 - 7:40 am

I could eat that right this very minute for breakfast. Delish!

RochelleApril 6, 2011 - 7:47 am

The whole chili over pasta thing kinda boggles my mind but it looks so good I have to give it a try!
And as all ways the photos make this dish look all the more appetizing, especially with those green slices of jalapeno on top.

Emily @ A Cambridge StoryApril 6, 2011 - 7:55 am

Great recipe and lovely photos, as always! I used to not enjoy spicy foods but my husband is a nut and now I have quite the tolerance.

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomApril 6, 2011 - 8:26 am

Printing this out to make this weekend. My husband ate some place last week and was raving about a pasta with beans dish. You’ve come to my rescue Brian!

The SouperApril 6, 2011 - 8:45 am

Brian,
This Veggie Chili over Pasta plays right into how I feel about my Chicken Chile Recipe by Barefoot Contessa. Kicking up the spices in a dish is what makes one feel satisfied and full because we know a good meal has been eaten. Our tastebuds tell us so.
I use Red Pepper Flakes on my roasted or sauted veggies and in my marinara sauce. They certainly add heat with just a pinch.

The Souper

DanaApril 6, 2011 - 9:05 am

I am a huge fan of veggie chili, but I don’t think I’ve ever had any with tofu in it. I love the addition…. looks great!

DaisyApril 6, 2011 - 9:26 am

I LOVE chili over pasta! such a hearty satisfying meal. I agree with your thoughts on spice and I’ve come to appreciate how it elevates a dish more recently.

Favorite line: “I’ve become best buddies with red pepper flakes”. so funny!

Great recipe. I like simple vegetarian dinners too, and the easier it is to prepare, the better! I have not made vegetarian chili yet though, I think it’s about time I do!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.April 6, 2011 - 10:05 am

This looks fantastic! A must try!

Kimmy @ Lighter and LocalApril 6, 2011 - 10:42 am

I love that everything to make this (minus the tofu) is in my pantry or fridge right at this second. Vegetarian chilis can be so versatile and you can do so much with them. Definitely trying to this one out!

Kulsum at JourneyKitchenApril 6, 2011 - 10:52 am

Thanks for saying that! Exactly, you just need to learn how to use chilly without overpowering your food and then its all LOVE. As you can imagine, I get that alot with a Indian food blog and I get crazy explaining that Indian food is about spices and not “spicy”. Lovely dish!

Did I also tell you, one of my friends loved the coleslaw I made from your blog and I passed the recipe!

Jen @ keepitsimplefoodsApril 6, 2011 - 11:23 am

Great recipe! I love spicy chili! I also love spicy foods- chili oil, sriracha, pickled jalapenos- yes please!

ElizabethApril 6, 2011 - 12:35 pm

Up until a few months ago, I don’t think I’d ever seen chili over pasta. This rendition totally reminds me of a veggie bolognese. Tasty!

LindaApril 6, 2011 - 1:41 pm

I LOVE spice food and more and more vegetarian dishes are coming into play in my home. I’m always looking for quick and delicious weeknight meals and this is perfect!

Jun BelenApril 6, 2011 - 3:15 pm

You had me at pickled jalapeno! Those are powerful flavor bombs. A new inspiration to go on my vegetarian list of dishes. Thank you for sharing!

MargaretApril 6, 2011 - 3:17 pm

So glad you now love spicy food. I have always been a fan and love my sriracha too. This recipe sounds great and love the quick part too!

JoyApril 6, 2011 - 4:41 pm

This is a great recipe. My daughter would love it.

The Farmers WifeApril 6, 2011 - 5:33 pm

That looks so good… I really like this dinner idea, yummy!

DeLacyApril 6, 2011 - 8:06 pm

I love the sophisticated flair that add to comfort food. I want to sit down at that table!

Dana SalvoApril 6, 2011 - 9:08 pm

Beautiful pictures. Great idea! Never had veggie chili!

Chef PanditaApril 6, 2011 - 10:55 pm

I used to hate spicy food and now I can’t live without Sriracha. This veggie chili sounds delicious and as soon as I’m done with detox I’ll give it a try and report back :)

Julia @ DimpleArts PhotographyApril 7, 2011 - 2:16 am

Never actually had chili. But I do have a French oven, and now have something I can make in it! Thank you for sharing!

JoanneApril 7, 2011 - 6:46 am

I am a HUGE spice lover. I can’t remember whether I really like it as a kid…but now I can’t get enough!

Quick and easy is always optimal for me. As are visceral experiences. This looks like a delicious dish!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenApril 7, 2011 - 8:05 am

I totally agree with you, it’s definitely a balancing act. I like a little bit of heat but too much just numbs your taste buds, and what’s the point of eating food you can’t even really taste!

PeggyApril 7, 2011 - 8:20 am

This chili sounds all sorts of delicious! I love adding it over pasta, great idea! =)

Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveApril 7, 2011 - 10:04 am

I grew up with a bottle of Tabasco on the table at every meal, so this is right up my alley! ;)

LirenApril 7, 2011 - 12:45 pm

I adore spicy food, and as I get older, it seems I can never get enough. Right now I’m smacking myself on the forehead – duh – why did I never think to put tofu in chili before? Brilliant!

HanaaApril 7, 2011 - 4:49 pm

Looks great! I’ve served it over rice too. Come to think of it, that would be a great GF alternative to pasta.

JeanApril 7, 2011 - 7:12 pm

I really must try my hand at chili soon–I always have these ingredients in my pantry/fridge. I have no excuse! Great use of your ingredients–your chili looks delicious, especially since you amped up the flavor with those jalapeños. YUM!

Baking SerendipityApril 7, 2011 - 11:12 pm

I love weeknight dinners like this one pot one :) And, I’m working seriously hard on getting more spice in my life/meals! I think these are both win-win aspects to this recipe!

Andrew FrishmanApril 8, 2011 - 1:39 am

Mmnn. . . I LOVES me some chili. . . especially when it’s chili.

Escalofrío hoy, mañana caliente.

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsApril 9, 2011 - 12:22 am

Oh my does this look incredible. I wish I lived next door to you and could eat everything you make! :)

Sprinkled With FlourApril 9, 2011 - 7:41 pm

This looks delicious! I love chili mac, and this is a better version of it:)

Angie's RecipesApril 10, 2011 - 1:15 am

I love simple homey delicious pasta meal like this! How wonderful!

Kate@DiethoodApril 10, 2011 - 12:18 pm

This pasta dish sounds fabulous! I love that chili, too!

KatieApril 11, 2011 - 8:04 am

Looks tasty! Love Chili!!

bunkycooksApril 11, 2011 - 9:39 am

This looks wonderful (even though I am not a fan of Tofu). Very pretty shiny red Le Creuset pot. :) Aren’t they the best!

JamieApril 15, 2011 - 6:35 am

Love chili and its great to find a scrumptious vegetarian version. With just a little fire :-) Have the same red Le Creuset dutch oven and maybe it is asking for chili?

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Andrew FrishmanApril 3, 2011 - 12:44 am

MMnnn. . . I loves me some spirit, especially when it’s not spiritual.

En la zona financiera solitario
Al lado del mar
He caminado en la luna y las estrellas.
Rascacielos brillaba en su oscura majestad.
En esta tierra de otro mundo nuestro.
He caminado por el edifi, yo he caminado por los centros comerciales,
He caminado por los rascacielos, solitario y oscuro.
En la zona financiera solitario
Al lado del mar
He caminado en la luna y las estrellas.

En la zona financiera solitario
Al lado del mar
He caminado en las noches de invierno.
Me he apoyado en el temor, por lo que en silencio
Bajo la luz del zumbido eléctrico.
Barcos en el puerto, las gaviotas en el muelle,
Los buques y camiones y marineros en los bares.
En la zona financiera solitario
Al lado del mar
Muchas veces he caminado en la luna y las estrellas.

Angie's RecipesApril 3, 2011 - 1:05 am

How nice they even sell beers there…I like those dark beer labels..Rogu and Allacash…very interesting names too.

Baker StreetApril 3, 2011 - 2:25 am

Gorgeous shots brian, as always! :)

Lauren at Keep It SweetApril 3, 2011 - 7:16 am

Another set of beautiful photos!

JoanneApril 3, 2011 - 8:21 am

Oh this is what I like to see. A fabulous way to spend a Sunday morning. :P

MichelleApril 3, 2011 - 8:27 am

I’m a huge fan of Boston Wine Exchange. Great photos!

LizApril 3, 2011 - 8:32 am

Beautiful photography, Brian!

Parsley SageApril 3, 2011 - 8:56 am

incredible photos. Love your silent Sundays!

bunkycooksApril 3, 2011 - 9:10 am

Wine so early on Sunday? ;) This will have to be a must when we visit. Looks like they have a great selection of wine and beer.

PeggyApril 3, 2011 - 10:25 am

It looks like they’ve got a great selection! Makes me jealous because it’s so early – can’t buy liquor or beer on Sunday until 1pm in Kentucky =)

foodwanderingsApril 3, 2011 - 10:50 am

Love the lager beer bootles shots. :) Congrats uncle Bri! Shulie

Rachel @ Baked by RachelApril 3, 2011 - 11:54 am

Nice shots! You’ve got me wondering if hubs has had all of those Allagash. Will have to ask him later.

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.April 3, 2011 - 12:53 pm

great post! Very cool!

Hester aka The Chef DocApril 3, 2011 - 1:42 pm

Love the old-timey feel of the pictures, Bri ;-)

SMITH BITESApril 3, 2011 - 2:24 pm

another beautiful post Brian!

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsApril 3, 2011 - 7:14 pm

As always, gorgeous photos! Love the Silent Sunday posts! :)

ElizabethApril 3, 2011 - 7:38 pm

I actually passed by Boston Wine Exchange for the first time yesterday when I was heading to a chocolate class at Elephant and Castle. I really love the shot of the champagne flute. Lovely.

JackieApril 4, 2011 - 5:38 am

Jeez, Andrew. Seriously? Seriously. PORQUE?!

And Brian: beautiful photos! I love the candid shots you take of people =)

Jax x

Lora @cakeduchessApril 4, 2011 - 9:48 am

Beautiful shots! Another lovely Silent Sunday post:)

Wendy IreneApril 4, 2011 - 1:46 pm

It is a huge joy to gaze at your brilliant photography! I’m so glad to have found your site through your guest post with Monet! Have a wonderful week :)

RochelleApril 4, 2011 - 4:11 pm

Gorgeous! And jee I kinda have a hankering for a good glass of wine now :D

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionApril 7, 2011 - 4:11 pm

Stunning, as always!

John CuffApril 15, 2011 - 1:50 pm

Brian – I just Stumbled here randomly today! I was just scrolling through the pics not even realizing this was your blog and saw Eric, haha! Awesome photos

WinepineAugust 15, 2011 - 8:25 pm

Love the photos. I’m going to visit during my vacation to the Cape!