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Traeger Season

Traeger season. My favorite time of year. An entire meal cooked out on the deck either directly on the grill or in aluminum packets makes for quick easy clean-up. The scent of mesquite pellets wafts about the deck. I peel russet potatoes and cube them, spray Pam on a huge piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, spread out the cubes, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and seal ‘er up. To make sure they’re crispy on the bottom, they go on the grill first. My favorite part is sitting in the sun snapping the fresh green beans. I add a little lemon juice, salt, and summer savory to this packet and put it on the grill after the potatoes have cooked about twenty minutes. Then last, but certainly not least, the rib eyes, bright red and perfectly marbled with delicious fat. Mmmm. I sprinkle both sides with Traeger Prime Rib Rub, the perfect steak seasoning (in my opinion). Then on the grill they go. I set the timer on the stove so I don’t get sidetracked and over cook them. Time has a way of getting away from me when I’m basking in the sun in my deck chair waiting for dinner.

Savory summer
Season of delightful foods
Sweet tranquility

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For Haibun Monday at dVerse Poets Pub today, Bjorn is hungry and looking for recipes. He wanted us to write about time in the kitchen, but my thoughts immediately went to cooking outside on my Traeger pellet stove. I’ve had a Traeger for years and could never go back to grilling over charcoal or gas. There is just something about that mesquite or hickory smoke that makes the food taste so delicious!

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Green Beans for Recipe Friday

My all-time favorite vegetable is green beans, also known as string beans. When the farmers market opens in the spring, I go every week looking for the first green beans of the season. We eat them at least twice a week all summer long.

So I thought I would share two main ways that I cook green beans as a side dish. But first the most important part of both recipes: You have to start with fresh green beans that snap when you bend them. I don’t do canned or frozen green beans.

Green Beans with Lemon and Butter

Ingredients:

1 lb fresh green beans
lemon juice
marjoram
basil
butter

Directions:

Snap ends off each green bean. You can either leave them whole or snap into small pieces depending on your size preference. Place the beans in a pot of cold water. Add 2 squirts of lemon juice (I usually use the bottled kind, but you could use a fresh lemon if you have one), 2 shakes of marjoram, 2 shakes of basil, and a dash or 2 of salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat slightly and continue to boil on medium for approximately 10 – 15 minutes, or until the beans are just tender. I usually pull one out and test to see if it is tender but still “squeaks” a little bit when you bite it. Drain beans. Add 1 more squirt of lemon and 2 tsp or so of butter. Serve with whatever else you made for dinner.

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Traeger Green Beans

Ingredients:

1 lb fresh green beans
lemon juice
marjoram
basil
cooking spray (like Pam)

Directions:

Snap ends off each green bean. Leave whole and rinse. Spray middle of a large sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil with cooking spray. Place beans on the aluminum foil. Add 2 or 3 squirts lemon juice, 2 shakes of marjoram, 2 shakes of basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Fold up sides and ends of aluminum foil making a packet, leaving a small opening at the top. Add 1/8 water, being careful not to wash the spices off the beans. Close up aluminum.

Now here’s the tricky part. To make this turn out the way it does for me, you need to have a Traeger pellet stove. It’s kind of like a bar-b-q, but kind of like a smoker, too. I suppose you could do this on a gas grill, but you won’t get the flavor that comes from the smoking of the wood pellets.

Place the packet of green beans at the coolest end of the pellet stove or grill. Cook for 20 minutes. Remove from grill and serve. Some of the beans may get a little black, but they taste really good that way. We usually do chicken or steak, and potatoes, on the Traeger at the same time. Makes for easy after-dinner clean up. You just throw away all the aluminum foil!

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