Random Learning

When I was a kid my parents bought a set of encyclopedias. While I am sure my parents had visions that we would use them through college for research, they came out of date fairly quickly and really only served the research purpose through middle school.

One purpose that they did serve well was randomly picking out a book and opening it to a random page to find something new and interesting. You could learn about tectonic plates, the history of Morocco or how weaving works. This random acquisition of knowledge was a bonus to the kinds of things that is often force-fed into kids.

With the evolution of the Internet, so many more facts suddenly became available. The traditional encyclopedia publishers first occupied the knowledge space but soon they found it was not very profitable as most information on the Internet was free. Wikipedia began (and still is) a user developed and maintained encyclopedia. Wikipedia gets a lot of bad press for inaccuracies, but in reality it is a pretty good resource for surface learning about many things. What often was lost with an Internet, or Wikipedia search, though, was the pure randomness of learning.

I was very glad the other day to find that Wikipedia has a random article director. On the left hand bar, simply select Random article and off you are to a new world of learning.

Garlic Green Beans

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There is nothing random about making these beans taste good. It is by design.

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I chose to use frozen beans over the canned kind.

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In the pot with the garlic and cheese.

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Garlic Green Beans

Prep Time: 10 M | Cook Time: 15 M | Makes: 5 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium head garlic – peeled and sliced
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans green beans, drained
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter with olive oil; add garlic, and cook until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Stir in green beans, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until beans are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

PREP 10 mins

COOK 15 mins

READY IN 25 mins

Nutritional Info:

Calories 157 kcal 8%
Carbohydrates 9.3 g 3%
Cholesterol 11 mg 4%
Fat 11.9 g 18%
Fiber 2.9 g 12%
Protein 4 g 8%
Sodium 555 mg 22%

Source: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Garlic-Green-Beans/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

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Categories: Cheese3, kosher, Low Carb, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetable4, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

Check out the best recipes at rantingchef.com

2 Comments on “Random Learning”

  1. June 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    Ahhh yes, we grew up with a set of encyclopaedias in our homes too! 🙂


  2. June 30, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    These look so scrumptious! My not-so-random wisdom says that the best defense for having garlic breath is to make sure everyone else has it too!


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