The General has been going through “Costco Withdrawal” since we moved to Savannah. The nearest Costco store is 102 miles away in Charleston, SC and we have made a couple of field trips…but the little woman has put her foot down…No more!
This weekend I bribed a friend who was driving down from Atlanta to bring us some Costco steaks in exchange for dinner and overnight lodging. Is Costco’s meat really any better? It’s all a matter of opinion, and I believe it is.
While on the subject of Costco, The General spent a good part of the weekend reading and researching for new recipes in Costco’s book “Entertaining the Costco Way.” It is a superb book for entertaining because the recipes are for 8-10 people, and it gives many party ideas as well as great recipes. It also gives many manufacturers recipes which I trust more than just recipes printed in magazines, newspapers, and even some cookbooks. Manufacturers always want to display their product in the very best light, so we will buy more of their products.
Now back to the Sunday night dinner. Every slab of meat deserves some good sides. I tried a new green bean recipe and hit a home run. It was published in the charter issue “Cooks Country” from the publishers of “Cooks Illustrated.”
Green Beans with Bacon and Onion
1 medium onion sliced thin
3/4 C chicken broth
2 t dark brown sugar
2 t salt
2 t pepper
1 lb. green beans, stem ends snapped off
2 T red wine vinegar
1. Fry the bacon in large skillet until crisp. Remove from pan and place onto a paper towel. Break into small pieces.
2. Discard all but 1-2 T of bacon fat and cook onion until it is translucent. Add broth, brown sugar, salt, & pepper and bring to a boil.
3. Add beans, cover and lower heat. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until beans are very tender and the liquid has reduced. (About 18-22 minutes)
4. Stir in vinegar and adjust seasonings to taste.
**Be careful and keep your heat at medium or lower at all times, as The General almost burned the pan sauteing the onions. Boy, do I hate the stove in this house!!