My husband and I are on a trip. Not just any trip, but a long and laborious trip that shall conclude with seeing Paul McCartney in concert. We are determined. Here’s the story…
You see, my husband works for an airline, which means we get to fly for free. But, before you think this is a glamorous lifestyle, please listen to the rest of the story.
It all started a couple weeks ago, with an idea my husband had to see Paul McCartney in concert. We thought it would be an nice early anniversary present for our anniversary in May, and seeing a living legend at a decent price was, well, really no question. So, we started: researching hotels, local restaurants, things to do in the area, and becoming downright excited over the concert.
The week finally arrives. Finally. We had both had long weeks of work, and were ready for a vacation.
Now, working for an airline means one thing when it comes to free flights. Flying standby. Yes, standby. This means that when all paying passengers board or don’t show up, that they can decide to let you have the leftover seat. Which normally works great when you can plan around flights that have seats available.
One more thing I haven’t mentioned: the concert is in Phoenix, Arizona. Another thing: it’s apparently spring break in Phoenix. Another: all flights were oversold with people trying to make it home. Which means a no go for the Donohoes and making a flight to Phoenix with non-refundable concert tickets in their hands. Which, consequently, also leads to two, very frustrated, very tired Donohoes.
Words cannot begin to describe Joe horrible toiling over plane loads, standby seats, and hours on a sleepless night in a busy airport shuffling between gates becomes. It was twelve hours to be exact, in a rather boring airport. Twelve. You see, we made the first leg of the trip, to Minneapolis, but the flights to Phoenix are where the problem lied. So, we were stuck. Stuck as any two people can be. Away from home, tired, hungry, and near tears.
What did these people do? We bought spur of the moment plane tickets, the only ones we could find, on first class, with the discounted airline AirTran. Which has free wi-fi by the way, and is how I can tell you about this whole big mess.
The good news: we had a lovely dinner, with me having grilled rosemary chicken with asparagus and mashed potatoes, and quite possibly one of the most fabulous desserts of all time: a chocolate brownie, complete with an espresso frosting, homemade chocolate and caramel sauce, and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Also completing the evening, a bed. Which I was incredibly grateful for.
So, here I am, on a flght to Phoenix, finally. The budget completely blown with plane tickets, but glad to be on the way and past all the stressful mess that was yesterday.
I’ve realized, in looking back at previous posts, that I haven’t provided you with many side dishes to meals. This is
partly due to the fact that I am completely horrid with sides. It’s true. I am much better with a slab of meat or main casserole, but when it comes to side dishes, I get stuck. I stick to the same ones and make them repeatedly. Which, in admittance, can get kind of
One, however, never seems to get old, and that is my dad’s version of green
beans. They couldn’t be simpler to make, quicker, or any better on the canned green bean front. Some may scoff at canned grean beans, but trust me, with their flavor and simplicity, you will not want any other. Especially of you’ve been stuck in an airport for twelve hours and have time for nothing other.
Green Beans with Garlic and Olive Oil
These do not have an exact recipe, nor
should they. It’s the simplicty and ability to throw this dish together that matters, and have the dish still taste great.
Here’s how you do it: start with a casserole dish, any you have. The size doesn’t matter. Then, open and drain two cans of green beans. Dump the first can in the bottom of the casserole dish. Dust the top of them lightly with kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, and garlic powder. Use slightly more salt than garlic. Then, dump the second can of green beans on top, and repeat with the same seasonings. This time, drizzle the top with some extra virgin olive oil.
Here’s where the nice flexibility comes in: cooking them. Either bake them along with some other dish you are making, or microwave them for four minutes on high. Time or temperature does not matter highly with the baking, although, I’d say not to keep them in the oven longer than thirty minutes. If what you are making takes longer, just put them in the last thirty minutes.
Voilà! Side dish complete!! See you after Phoenix!
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