Good morning. Merry Christmas to you all!
How are you doing today? Thank God we are all well here in the Table house.
I am a bit sad today though. This is the first Christmas Eve that I will have to work a full day in years. Really, I mean it. Like 10 years. But I will look on the bright side of things. I work from home, so as soon as I put that laptop away, its CHRISTMAS!!!
Christmas Eve growing up was something that I always looked forward to. We would go to Brooklyn, usually to my aunt’s house. She would make the most amazing seafood dinner. And we would stay all night having fun, laughing and hanging out with all the cousins. The good ole days.
Unfortunately for most of us this year, Christmas will look a bit different. There might be less people at your table or maybe different people at your table. Just remember, you can do this.
Count your blessings, focus on the positive things that are happening in your life. Yes, we all have had a hard time this year. Yes, most of us are working either very different jobs than before, or maybe not even at all. But I know there are good things that have happened this year. Let Christmas this year bring you peace and love. And food. Don’t forget the food.
Growing up Christmas Eve was a meat free day. Being vegetarian these last few months, I think I have gotten pretty good at the non meat having meals. And these White Beans really hit the spot. White Beans go great with anything. As a side, on toast, or just in a bowl. They are fast, easy and so flavorful. Go make some for yourself and maybe share a little with those you love most.
I pray you all have a blessed holiday. Merry Christmas
- 1 cup white beans, rinsed and sorted
- 4 cups water
- 4-5 cloves garlic, sliced
- 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, optional
- 1-2 tsp seasoned salt mix
In a medium pot, add the rinsed and sorted beans. Cover with water, cook 3-4 hours until the beans are soft.
Drain and set aside.
In a large pan add olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook until the garlic becomes fragrant.
Add in beans. Toss well to coat in the flavored oil. Cook over medium heat until the bean skin starts to blister.
Season with salt mix to taste.
What will you have on Christmas this year? Does your family have any special traditions?
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