Green Beans with Pine Nuts

A new side dish with some of my favorite things – pine nuts and bacon!

Serves 3 to 4


Green Beans with Pine Nuts

  • 1 lb Fresh Green Beans
  • 4 slices Bacon (diced)
  • 1/4 cup Pine Nuts (toasted)
  • 4 cloves Garlic (thin sliced)
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Clean and snap the Green Beans and boil in salted water for 6 to 7 minutes until “cooked but crisp” stage.  Drain well.
  2. Toast Pine Nuts and set aside.
  3. Cook diced Bacon until fat is rendered but Bacon is still soft.
  4. Remove Bacon from pan, leaving dippings.
  5. Add sliced garlic to Bacon renderings and gently heat to release flavor.
  6. Turn up heat to medium add Butter, Green Beans and Bacon cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until Beans reach desired doneness.
  7.  Add Pine Nuts during final 2 minutes.
  8. Salt and Pepper to taste.

Baked Brie

One of the traditions that’s developed at our house is the New Year’s Eve snacking and fireworks.  Traditionally, I’ll make baked brie to snack on as we count down the time to the new year.  There are several varieties, but this if, by far, the best recipe we’ve used.  I will note that if you decide to use a blue cheese type of brie, you should not use the syrup, jam or sugar.  Just enjoy it straight.



  • 1 tube of refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 1 round or wedge of Brie cheese (do not remove rind)
  • Strawberry Jam, or other sweet jam
  • Brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. On a non-stick or greased cookie sheet, roll out the crescent rolls flat; put brie round or wedge on top.
  3. Spread jam on brie, fold dough over top, cutting off excess dough.
  4. Drizzle maple syrup and place a handful of brown sugar on to.
  5. Bake at 350º for 25-30 minutes, pastry should be golden brown. (You can fit two brie rounds on one cookie sheet)
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.