Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Brisket, Beans, And Mac

The youngest Walker child, Riley, has PKU, which means she has to be very careful about the amount of protein she eats – it used to be zero.  Fortunately, hers is not as bad as some and it’s improving as she gets older, so she can eat a little cheese for example.  One of the nice things about her being here is we eat healthier.

For this meal, it was leftover brisket from the blogger party, mac & cheese (some made with less cheese for Riley), and fresh picked green beans.  I was too busy to notice during our blogger party, but even left over, this may be the best brisket I’ve cooked.  I began using smaller choice briskets from Ingles rather than the larger, often select grade I’d been getting from Sam’s and Walmart.  I also adopted Chris Lily’s cooking method and will stay with this until someone can show me how to make them even better.
The beans were some Lazy Housewife pole beans that I grew from seeds given to me by Diane over at Voice In The Garden. According to SeedSavers Exchange they were “Introduced around 1810, this is one of our oldest documented beans. Named Lazy Housewife because it was the first snap bean that did not need to have the string removed. Vines bear heavily and continuously until frost. Straight 5-6" long pods with distinctive shiny white seeds. Pole habit, snap or shell, 75-80 days.”  I believe I let them get too large as they required stringing and they were a little tough when Bev broke them.  She cooked them up with our standard smoked country ham hock for several hours (just like Mom did) and they turned out very well.  The flavor reminded me of our favorite Blue Ribbon and like most pole beans, they had a good sized bean (white) in them, which I prefer.  Thanks Di and I’ll save some to grow next year.
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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


  1. I'm not familiar with PKU. It's nice to hear that Riley's beginning to grow out of it. The way we love to eat, it would be terrible to have to eliminate an entire food group.

    Love the name of the string bean. I've never enjoyed removing the strings either.

  2. Like Sam, I'm not familiar with PKU either. I've cooked beans with bacon all my life, but never cooked them for a long time with a ham hock. They don't get mushy?

  3. A girl I work with has PKU.. that was the first time I had ever even heard of it.
    The plate looks great...but then you always have great meals at your house!!

  4. You eat well at your house, Larry. I love the name of the beans you grew.
    I'm glad that Bev was able to make them deliciously edible. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  5. Larry, Nice simple meal...once you've cooked the brisket! The beans look and sound delicious... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  6. I just adore brisket! It looks like a wonderful meal.

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  8. Lazy housewife, I suspect whoever gave it that name ended up in a cold bed that night, ha ha.

    The brisket was very good. I forgot to take mine out until just now. Hopefully it will thaw by Sunday.


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