Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

“Haricots verts” means “green beans” in French. But when we say haricots verts here in the U.S., we’re referring to very thin green beans. They’re usually a lot more expensive than regular green beans. My supermarket sells them in little 8 ounce bags in the refrigerated case alongside the bags of salad and pre-cut vegetables. …

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The other day my boyfriend said he had a culinary challenge for me. I imagined some large hunk of meat awaiting my mishandling – big pieces of meat are not my strong suit. I was relieved to see a large container of Brussels sprouts. He doesn’t like Brussels sprouts but said he was willing to …

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