Roasted Green Beans and Baby Red Potatoes
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- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Thoroughly wash the whole green beans and cut off the stems. Lay whole green beans on paper towels to dry.
- Thoroughly wash, do not peel, the baby red potatoes using a brush to scrub the eyes. If the potatoes are golf ball size or larger, cut them in half. Lay whole baby red potatoes on paper towels to dry.
- Gently spray 2 large flat baking pans with olive oil flavored cooking spray. (I use 9"X13" metal or glass pans).
- Lay the green beans in one pan. It's best if they all lay flat on the bottom of the pan.
- Lay the potatoes in the other pan, laying flat, not piled up on top of each other.
- Generously spray both pans of veggies with olive oil flavored (or butter flavored) cooking spray.
- Place the pans in the oven on the rack above center, but not on the top rack.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until roasted, slightly brown, and fork tender.
- If baked for 25 minutes and the vegetables are not as brown as desired, broil for two or three minutes, watching closely.
- Remove from oven, pour potatoes over the green beans, sprinkle with coarse ground salt, toss gently, and serve immediately.
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I come from a very large family which attributed to my mother spending a great deal of her time in the kitchen cooking, cleaning, and preparing. I was fascinated at how she prepared wonderful dishes (especially desserts) without using a cookbook. We grew many of our own fruits and vegetables and my summers were spent washing jars and preparing fruit and vegetables for canning. I dreaded the mountains of green beans, tomatoes, peaches, etc., etc. that had to be picked, washed, peeled, snapped.... More than anything, I hated spending my summer washing jars! But now, I wouldn't trade that kind of upbringing for anything. I'm glad I learned how to do all those things because it's becoming a lost art. It really was a simpler time then and I'm a much better person for knowing how to do all those 'old fashioned' things. In my early years of learning to cook, I watched Julia Child on PBS every chance I got. I was so thrilled when I was about 11, my mother let me prepare Julia's Pastry Tarts. If I remember correctly they didn't turn out so well but it didn't matter. Oddly, today, I enjoy reading cookbooks and recipes even more than actually cooking. <img src="http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c105/jewelies/picCdyPjI-1.jpg">