About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

« Sautéed Green Beans with Parmesan Cheese | Main | Green Beans and Potato Pie, Genoa Style »

Smothered Green Beans with Carrot Sticks and Mortadella or Ham

While I was snapping the beans for this recipe I was transported back to my childhood. My mom was one of the original organic farmers back in 60s. Since they had not yet discovered new natural pesticides to use it meant that my sisters and I became the chief bug killers for our crops. We didn’t do a great job, which meant that many of the beans that we harvested had been chewed on a bit by the wee beasties. We had to do lots of cutting away of the bad spots before we could cook any. That was not the case for the beautiful beans that I used for this recipe. Beautiful beans in January? I can only wonder from what fair clime these beans came. I don’t want to wonder how they became flawless…


This recipe starts by cooking the beans in salted water until crisp tender. Then the beans, matchstick sized carrot sticks and chopped mortadella were cooked in butter. I am not normally a mortadella fan because the fattiness of it doesn’t appeal to me. However, in this dish it shines. The combination of flavors was incredible. Simple, but very tasty. I did use a high quality mortadella that is made here locally. Volpi, which many of you will be familiar with is made here is St. Louis and shipped all over the world. We are very proud to have them here.


This is another great recipe. I am going to put this one up against my mom’s favorite green bean recipe this summer and see which one the family likes better!

Comments (2)


Snapping beans also takes me back to my childhood, in my grandmother's kitchen. She used to snap beans before boiling them for a side dish to her magnificent roasts.

I didn't snap any beans myself until I cooked Marcella's lamb and bean stew.

Marcella Hazan:

The beans could have come from Florida, Beth. Locally grown beans have shown up in the market recently, and they can be good. I have never, however, had beans in this country, not on Long Island, not in California, not here in Florida, that approach the flavor of the many varieties of green beans grown in Italy. The next time the traveling Pomodori happen to be renting a place with a kitchen in Venice during the summer, they should go to Rialto and pick up a pound or two of the tegoline from S. Erasmo. Cooked 6 to 7 minutes in salted boiling water, drained, sprinkled with sale marino, aceto di vino, and tossed with olive oil from the western shore of Lake Garda. Let Ferran Adrià or Thomas Keller match that!

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)

This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on January 9, 2011 11:40 AM.

The previous post in this blog was Sautéed Green Beans with Parmesan Cheese.

The next post in this blog is Green Beans and Potato Pie, Genoa Style .

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

Powered by
Movable Type 3.33
© 2010 - 2012 Slow Travel