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Sugar snap peas sauteed with garlic

Garlicky pea pods

Frost-damaged peasIn their prime, it seems like sacrilege to cook sugar-snap peas. But I allowed a few frosts to damage the last peas before we picked the vines bare last week, which means that the peas we harvested were subprime. They were still crunchy and sweet, but the pods had started to turn a bit fibrous and the aesthetics were much reduced (as you can see to the right). Time to saute the remaining vegetables with garlic and turn so-so fare into a feast!

(As a side note, this recipe would be perfect for grocery-store peas. That's when we start turning up our noses --- when our residual summer vegetables start to taste like store-bought.)

Cooked sugar snap peas

There's really not much to this recipe, but here's an ingredients list to make it even easier:

Excellent sugar-snap peas can be used whole, but if yours are turning fibrous like ours were, you'll want to string the pods as if they were beans. Otherwise, leave the pods whole and drop them into a skillet full of a little hot oil. Turn down the heat to medium-high, add the garlic, salt, and pepper, and cook for about five minutes (stirring often) until the beans turn bright green.

Voila! Deliciousness from so-so produce! Now, with the last of the summer bounty down the gullet, it's time to eat up all of those stockpiled cabbages.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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How timely! I just bought a bag of peas because my daughter was excited to have them in her school lunch. I snacked on some the other day and thought they were awful! I guess I have always had garden fresh sugar snaps! While she seems to like them raw in her lunch, I think I will cook up the rest. Somehow I would prefer that she developes a palate for fresher food! No more buying out of season!
Comment by Ghislaine Fri Nov 7 09:53:47 2014
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