Koko’s Southern-Style Green Beans and Homemade Spaghetti with Garlic Bread

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Today I am writing how to make my grandma’s (Koko) green beans and homemade spaghetti with garlic bread. I am such a foodie. I love food. It is very surprising that I’m not 500 pounds by now, probably because I know how to limit myself….sometimes. Anywhoo, let’s get started!

Koko’s Southern-Style Green Beans

Tools you’ll need:

Pot with a lid

Wooden cooking spoon or even just a fork

Ingredients:

Green Beans-duh (I use a mixture of 1/2 a bag of frozen green beans and 2 cans of fresh-cut style green beans

Lard or Crisco vegetable shortening (yep, lard. I recently read an article on yahoo stating that lard is actually better than butter-go figure)

1 slice of bacon (doesn’t matter what kind)

Salt

Pepper

Water

I will be speaking to you in plain-speak now. You put the green beans in a little bit of water, add a spoonful or two of lard or Crisco vegetable shortening and a slice or two of bacon. Add however much salt and pepper y’all would like.  Have the temperature on medium low and just boil it all day and stir occasionally. The water will pretty much evaporate (add more if needed). This dish goes great with the fried chicken recipe I posted earlier. Enjoy! (Sorry, this is the only picture I had with the green beans on it.)

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Homemade Spaghetti with Garlic Bread

Spaghetti:

Tools you’ll need:

Pot with lid

Pot without lid

Strainer

Wooden spoon

Can opener

Ingredients:

Pam olive oil cooking spray

Olive Oil

1/2 pound Spaghetti noodles

1 Large can of diced tomatoes

1 Regular sized can of tomato sauce

1 pound of Beef (optional)

Salt

Pepper

Garlic Salt

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Sugar

Italian herbs

Since the spaghetti will take longer than the sauce to cook, cook the spaghetti first. In the pot with a lid, add water and pour a little olive oil, salt, and garlic salt in it. Next, add the 1/2 pound of spaghetti (I normally break the spaghetti in half). Bring to a boil. The spaghetti is done when it’s tender. Drain in the strainer and add back to the pot. For the sauce, if you’re going to have it with meat, first brown the beef and season with salt, pepper, and garlic salt. Once the meat is done, add the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes, then stir. After that add a little more salt, pepper, and garlic salt, but also add a couple of shakes of garlic powder and onion powder. Then add a couple of tablespoons of sugar (more may need to be added, depending on your taste buds) and two pinches of Italian herbs. Whenever the contents of the sauce are hot and it tastes how you want it to taste, add it to the pot of spaghetti and mix it all together.

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Garlic Bread:

Tools you’ll need:

Foil

Knife

Ingredients:

Pam olive oil cooking spray

Butter

Garlic salt

1 Loaf of French bread

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the cooking spray on the foil. Slice the bread into equal slices (doesn’t matter how big they are, it’s whatever portion size you would like) and spread butter on the bread. Add garlic salt. Put the bread into the oven whenever it’s done pre-heating and leave it in there until the edges of the bread start to brown. Set it off to the side to cool and then it’s done! Enjoy!

I hope you guys like the recipes! What variations do you have for these recipes?

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