Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Lunch time again....

As I mentioned recently, today was the day for me to provide lunch for the adult day care program at our church.

The plate as served.

The menu included:  Ham Biscuits, Pineapple Casserole, Bean Salad, and Raspberry Brownies.   I am sharing the recipe for Bean Salad today.  This is a recipe I have had at least 40 years.  It comes from The Husband's sister-in-law.


1 can (28-oz.) green beans
1 can (28-oz.) French cut green beans
1 can (14-oz.) wax beans or kidney beans
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup salad oil
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
Salt and pepper
- Drain beans.  Add green pepper and onion.
-Mix oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper in a jar.  Pour over beans, green pepper, and onion.  Toss; refrigerate.

Our own garden was a help with this recipe as I was able to use the green pepper and onion grown here this season.

Speaking of our garden, I believe I have mentioned earlier that we garden organically.  Hearing the reports today that state the recent study indicating there is no nutritional difference between organic and non-organic is really not the issue for us.  We just don't like the idea of ingesting pesticides, whatever is discovered about the nutritional content of foods.  When I shop, I will choose organic over non-organic most of the time.  When I was growing up, my father would use DDT on our garden at times, a pesticide that is now banned.  Until someone proves that pesticides are safe to ingest, we will choose organic as often as possible.  While it isn't always the best budget choice, we think the health benefit is worth the expense.

Oops!  Guess it's time for me to step OFF the soapbox!:-)  I hope you will tune in again as I will continue to post recipes from today's lunch.  Also, next cooking project - entries for our fair! More recipes for that this week-end, plus results as they are available.

Thank you so much for reading.  I really appreciate  your comments.


  1. I read that today, too, Nellie. I don't think organic was ever purported to have more nutritional value..I think it was always about the pesticides. Just crazy....

    Your bean salad sounds good-my nother used to make it- xo Diana

  2. Hi, Just wanted to drop by and say HELLO. It's been a busy week/month --and just gonna get busier.

    Your Bean Salad sounds delicious. I love Bean Salad... YUM...


  3. Jim and I never used pesticides on our garden. We used a sprayer filled with dishwashing liquid in water hooked to the hose. We always had a great garden with now worry of chemicals.

    I love pineapple casserole. I will be waiting to see if your recipe is different than mine.

    I have never tasted bean salad made like your recipe. I would love to though as it sounds delicious.

  4. It is so wonderful that you can grow your own veggies to such a great extent! That way, you know exactly what has gone into their growth and production, and you don't have to worry about anything being added except what you add yourself when you're cooking them. I'll look forward to some more recipes as well, and I hope you have your usual success at the Fair this year. You have quite a collection of blue ribbons already, and I would hope this year will be no different. :-)

  5. I look forward to that Pineapple Casserole recipe. Yummmmm sounding.

    Same here! What I choose organic for, is the absence of badddddddd sprays, while growing. Thought everyone did.

    Gentle hugs,

  6. I with you on the organic, thats the same as our recipe for bean salad, yum, thats a lovely meal you set out!! Have a great day!!

  7. Just another quick word...I am Nellie's sister, so we grew up eating those veggies that Dad sprayed with DDT. His last garden was in the spring of 1972, before the danger of that spray was known. I am pleased to say that neither Nellie nor I have had any occurrence of cancer from eating those veggies. We did learn to be very careful about washing fruits and veggies before eating them, and that might have had something to do with our lack of problems.