I know that in the last post, I pretty much reached the absolute maximum level of enthusiasm acceptable, for that Lemon-Coconut Bundt Cake. Had I heaped on even an ounce more praise, sang even one note more of its glory, it would have been just way too much. It wouldn’t have been decent, really.
Yes, I went a little overboard. But that’s not to say I exaggerated. Seriously guys, it truly was that good. (And lots of you can vouch for that. I was so glad to hear from the many of you who’ve already tried it! Thanks again, you guys!) Even so, all that over-the-t0p acclaim left me in a sticky spot. Because now, how can any future recipe I share, ever compare to that cake?
And so, I had to be a bit strategic this week. With such a tough act to follow, I obviously couldn’t run with another cake. Or for that matter, any dessert at all. I knew I’d have to go with something humble, something overtly plain and explicitly simple. And that’s how I arrived at beans. Because with the lowly bean, you don’t expect too much glory in the first place, so you can’t get too disappointed when my description doesn’t live up to the high standard I inadvertently set in my last post.
And so, here’s what I have to say, here’s all that I have to say about these beans, these giant creamy butter beans bathed in a flavorful tomato sauce with fresh herbs and garlic-infused olive oil. All I have to say is that they’re good. Good because they’re 1. delicious, 2. quick and easy to throw together, 3. inexpensive, 4. healthy, 5. pretty, and last but not least 6. great as as side to all sorts of dinners. I think that says it all, right?
I’ve made these delicious, quick & easy, inexpensive, healthy, pretty, versatile butter beans about half a dozen times in the last couple months. They’re stupendous alongside roast chicken, and just about anything else you happen to be in the mood for. A couple nights ago we simply had them over crusty toast, topped with a sunny-side-up egg, and with a quick salad on the side. (It was one of those use-up-the-leftovers nights. We kinda love those nights!)
I really am trying to restrain myself from saying other nice things about these beans, because they surely are one of my favorite go-to recipes. But I do have to be careful. I don’t want to start a pattern that’s impossible to keep up with! But just know this: No matter how short or long my praise for any given recipe, no matter how typical or grand the adjectives I choose to describe it, I will only ever post up here recipes I’m sure you will like, ones I’d love you to try, ones I adore myself, ones I truly want to share with you, my dear readers.