Thursday, May 20, 2010

With Love from Italy & Mr. Smith


I thought perhaps you all might truly enjoy my Italian Green Bean recipe. Around this part of the country, the Italian ladies would make this for many Sunday dinners, gatherings, etc.

It's easy to do and not exactly an heirloom recipe so I feel free to give it out here, hope you enjoy it. My Aunt Margaret and my grandma had a way of making dishes extra wonderful. Aunt Margaret was my grandpa's sweet sister by the way.

The secret ingredient my grandma and Aunt Margaret used? Cheese. Not mozzarella cheese mind you. My family was never big on mozzarella. One of my funniest memories was my quiet little Italian grandpa at a pizza restaurant laughing and laughing as he stretched the mozzarella cheese a foot up in the air and calling it "rubber" laughing all the while. It was a hilarious sight I must say ; ) Romano and Parmesan, the hard cheeses were the prize ingredients in our family and of course the Ricotta that Cousin Phillip made. ; )

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Italian Green Beans

Either use cooked fresh green beans or plain frozen green beans running hot water over the frozen til thawed.
Place green beans in casserole dish and toss with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder, romano or parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Toss well. Bake at around 400 turning every now and then until evenly browned.

Make it with love and care that's the important part. Enjoy the good eats and feel the love. : )

I brought this to Ms. Helen's Country Cottage Full Plate Thursday. What a nice gathering!

At present I'm watching Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
I hope you will enjoy this trailer...

A movie GREAT by Frank Capra.

Capra films usually carry a definite message about the basic goodness of human nature and show the value of unselfishness and hard work. His wholesome, feel-good themes have led some to term his style Capra-corn
, but those who hold his vision in high regard prefer the term 'Capraesque'.

Frank Capra was from the same town, Bisacquino, where my grandfather immigrated from in 1915, he and Capra actually resembled each other. Frank Capra remained a conservative Republican throughout his life.

If it's one thing that makes me sad...It's when people give me a half smile when they hear of old movie favorites as if they are thinking the old classics to be saccharin. Dear me. Oh that our world would BE what they might foolishly consider saccharin.

I hope you all are having a luverly week. Yes indeedie...

*Live* *Love* *Laugh* *Pray Hard*

Let's hold our country up in prayers. Let's be a "Mr. Smith" ~Amelia

Freel free to check in on my Vision For a Godly Home for an awfully sweet retro video by Red Skelton, a sweet wake up call.


Eva Girl said...

Thankx for the shout-out for The Opulent Poppy! I'm glad you like it : )

Maxine said...

Thanks for the recipe, Amelia. I really do think I want to try it. We eat lots of green beans all year round and this would be another way to have them.

I love that movie and remember reading about Frank Capra in a little book we have here. It didn't mention his political viewpoint though. :) This is one of the many Jimmy Stewart movies that are worthwhile viewing.

Will visit your friend's blog soon as I can.

Miz Helen said...

Your Italian Green Beans looks so good. I would like to invite you to bring a dish to Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for sharing and you have a great week!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Amelia,
It is so nice to see you again. I just love these Italian Green Beans they just look delicious. Thank you so much for bringing them to Full Plate Thursday for us to enjoy. You have a great week end and please come back!