Sugar Snap Peas with Sesame

Finally.  Finally!  I’m back!  I am so glad to have my kitchen up and running.  I’ve been a cooking fiend since getting to the operational phase late last week.  It wasn’t easy.  I was definitely a grump.  

It’s not only cooking I’ve missed, but you guys, too.  I love sharing my food (and a few anecdotes along the way).  I’m starting small with this simple recipe, but it’s my first offering in a long time.  I hope you’ll enjoy it.  Thanks for sticking around.  I can’t wait to share more delicious food with you!

Sugar Snap Peas with Sesame

from Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

printer-friendly recipe


1 lb. sugar snap peas

dark sesame oil

black sesame seeds (If you can’t find them, toast regular sesame seeds until brown.)

kosher salt


1.  Pick through the sugar snap peas to remove any that aren’t perfect. Remove and discard the stem end and the string from each pod.  If the peas are too tough to eat raw, blanch them in boiling salted water for up to five minutes, drain immediately, and then immerse them in ice water before starting the recipe.  (I like them blanched for about three minutes.)

2.  Toss the snap peas in a bowl with desired amount of sesame oil, seeds, and kosher salt. Serve at room temperature.

one year ago: summer shrimp and vegetable toss with basil and blackberry-lime cornmeal muffins

two years ago:ciabatta pizza with walnut pesto and mini zucchini and goat cheese tarts

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  1. Natalie
    May 25, 2010 / 3:36 pm

    Welcome back! I share your sentiment about cooking…can only go so long without it 🙂

  2. Kelsey
    May 25, 2010 / 4:14 pm

    WE'VE MISS YOU LOVE! way to 'snap' back with the snap peas…hehe <3

  3. Kelsey
    May 25, 2010 / 4:20 pm

    Very cute, Kelsey!

  4. Bridget
    May 25, 2010 / 6:28 pm

    It's good to have you back, Kelsey! I love sugar snap peas.I get attitude when I can't cook as well. My husband diplomatically (but not really) says I get fussy.

  5. Annie
    May 27, 2010 / 3:22 am

    So happy you're all settled in and ready to blog again. I'm thrilled for you! I have had my eye on this recipe forever! It was the first Ina cookbook I owned. I need to get on it!

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