This savory tart kicks old green bean casserole to the curb! Green Bean Mushroom Tart, loaded with fresh green beans, sautéed cremini mushrooms, crispy shallots, and blue cheese will be the talk of the table this Thanksgiving!
Hard-Knocks and Gratitude.
November is the official month to be thankful.
I try to live in a place of gratitude. Some days are easier than others. Yet I don’t believe you can have true joy, if you aren’t grateful for the people, simple pleasures, and opportunities around you.
Sometimes, it takes a little reminiscing on the hard times, to see clearly all the blessing in your life.
…To see how far you’ve come.
We love living in Asheville, but to be honest, it hasn’t been easy the last few years. I tell you this, not for sympathy, but to emphasize that we all go through hard times. Every one of us. It’s our perspective that determines how we handle the hard-knocks.
Just a few little hiccups along the road:
- We moved 14 hours away from family while I was pregnant. No friends. No support system.
- Lt. Dan’s first job here offered great incentives, but we never ever saw each other, because he worked 90+ hours a week.
- The crashing economy ate our lunch, big time.
- A trusted friend turned out to be a manipulative scoundrel.
- We went through a series of life-altering events including working/living apart for several months, complete career changes, and a head-on collision last spring.
Even still, there are so many things to be thankful for, if we don’t wallow in self-pity:
- Our family is healthy.
- Our marriage has grown stronger through the hard times.
- Our babies are full of life and laughter.
- Deep friendships have formed that have helped heal the hurt of past betrayal.
- Having to rethink your life and start fresh, causes you to dream again.
- Even the birth of this blog has brought me so much joy… and hopefully joy to you as well.
I am very grateful.
For the little daily blessings.
For the journey, be it ever so bumpy.
For the humbled perspective.
For refreshed faith.
Sometimes you have to stop on the path, and look back at the murk behind you, to find contentment. Let’s all take time this month to see our life in a new light and be thankful for it.
Thankfulness = Happiness.
This savory tart is a play off an old classic Thanksgiving side-dish, green bean casserole. Green bean casserole is alright, but on Thanksgiving I want every dish to be spectacular.
As mentioned above, life has caused me to rethink a lot things in the last few years, and now I do it to everything. Here is my “rethunk” version of green bean casserole.
My Green Bean Mushroom Tart is visually pleasing savory tart with tender blanched green beans, topped with earthy mushrooms, crunchy shallots and creamy blue cheese. All the traditional elements of a green bean casserole are respectfully
represented improved upon, if I do say so myself.
Not only does this easy green bean mushroom tart add color and texture to your Thanksgiving table, it tastes like heaven!
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