One of my favorite recipes

Do you know the best aspect of being a fiction writer? The ability to give your characters traits you have (or wish you had!) and let them enjoy your favorite things in life. In my latest Amish book, A Plain Man, my character Josie has a Secret Recipe 4-bean Salad that everyone in town simply adores! I created my  own special salad recipe and allowed it to become famous! The uniqueness of this recipe stems from its flexibility. In other words, feel free to change it to accommodate whatever you have or is plentiful in the garden. Unlike Josie, I never make this recipe the same twice. Hope you enjoy! Have a great week, readers.

Jessie’s Secret Recipe Four Bean SaladA Plain Man

Combine in large bowl:

1 can green beans

(note: all beans can be either home-canned or store-bought)

1 can yellow beans (wax beans)

1 can kidney beans (light red or dark)

1 can garbanzo beans

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup chopped peppers-sweet (green, red or yellow or combination)

½ cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped black olives (optional)

Add only enough dressing (recipe below) to lightly coat salad, then chill in refrigerator several hours or overnight. Before serving, if desired, drain off any runny dressing and add fresh. (1 or 2 tablespoons, or to taste)

Dressing:

2 cups oil (I prefer olive)

1 1/3 cups cider vinegar

2 cups sugar

2 1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning

2 tsp. prepared mustard

1 tsp. celery seed

1 tsp. Hungarian paprika

1 tsp. parsley (fresh or dried)

Heat oil and vinegar together, stirring in sugar and seasonings. Heat only until sugar is completely dissolved and seasonings are blended. Do not boil. Let cool and stored in a sealed jar in the refrigerator to use as needed. Shake well before using. This can be used on coleslaw and lettuce or spinach salad too.

Author’s note: I never make this recipe the same way twice, so play around with the quantities (celery etc.) or types of peppers, etc. to suit your taste.  Mary

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2 thoughts on “One of my favorite recipes

  1. Thanks, Annette. Thanks so much for you kind words about A Plain Man. They were music to my ears! Right now there will be no book to follow A Plain Man. If you haven’t already done so, read Sarah’s Christmas Miracle, because it comes before this one, with the same characters. I hope you will look for my inspirational historical romances, such as The Quaker and the Rebel, and The Lady and the Officer. Blessings on you and yours.

  2. I Just Finished The Plain Man…Will There Be a Book 2 to His Life Now That He Is Married and Loves The Lady Who Makes The Bean Salad???Just Wondering…It Ended too Soon For Me…Life,New Job Opportunities with New Places and Such…Was Just getting to Know His Family Better…Love Ya and God Bless You and Your Family!…   Annette Goulet

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