Yes, Pipi's in my garden. Pipi is always in my garden.
But this is what I want to show you... GREEN BEANS! It was a slow start this spring and into summer, but all of my hard work is starting to pay off. I've been picking green beans daily, and tonight there will be a salad of roasted beets!
So, what did I make with the freshly harvested haricots verts?
... a pasta salad of penne, poached chicken and green beans with a dressing of olive oil, garlic, basil, and parsley.
As you can see, there will be red cabbage again this year.
More red cabbage in pots.
And Napa Cabbage -- a first for my garden.
Thanks for visiting!
PESTO GREEN BEANS and PASTA CHICKEN SALAD
1/2 pound Penne pasta
1 pound green beans (haricot verts, if possible)
3 cups cooked chicken, cubed
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
dressing: 25 basil leaves
15 parsley leaves
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons pine nuts
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves
salt & freshly ground black pepper
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and the pasta and stir. When pasta is cooked within 2 to 4 minutes of doneness (you will need to determine this by the size of your green beans), drop in the beans. Cook just until the green beans are tender. Drain; refresh immediately with cold water.
2. Turn the pasta and beans into a large serving dish. Add the chicken, reserving the 2 tablespoons pine nuts for garnish.
3. For the dressing: Place basil, parsley, mayonnaise and 3 tablespoons pine nuts in the bowl of a food processor and process until creamy. With machine running, pour in oil; blend well. Drop in the garlic and blend briefly. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Pour dressing over ingredients in bowl. Toss to combine. Sprinkle with reserved pine nuts.
TAKE a LOOK:
7/8/2011 12:30:07 am
Eileen, if I didn't know better, I'd say that first picture was taken in Amana. Beautiful garden. Enjoy.
7/8/2011 08:49:40 am
Your garden is absolutely beautiful, thanks for sharing pics !
7/8/2011 09:00:19 am
I expected nothing less!
7/8/2011 02:21:23 pm
Love the pictures of your garden :D Your napa cabbage looks so cool! I've never planted napa before, but I usually have red and green cabbages. I actually didn't plant green beans this year(I was a little nervous after getting way to many last year) but I wish I did! That dressing on your salad looks delicious!
7/9/2011 12:29:37 am
Oh Heidi... too many green beans is a wonderful problem to have!
7/10/2011 02:38:27 am
Your garden is wonderful~I sure miss having one. In Florida it is just impossible in the summer~loving those green beans!
7/11/2011 01:22:10 am
Yum! So glad to see you and Pipi are both enjoying the garden this summer (with no constant parade of workmen in and out of the house!)
7/13/2011 10:13:57 am
I took a joyous st"roll" through your garden with a huge smile on my face with a twinge of wistful longing in my heart. MS keeps me out of the heat and in a wheelchair... so Thank You for a decadent "taste" of my former love of gardening. A deck and elevated raised beds are on the slate for next year. Until then I will have these gorgeous photos to visit time and time again. Counting your blessings with you!
7/13/2011 10:17:52 am
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