Flageolet and Celery Salad; the update

I have so many house photos to post I decided to break with tradition and do the recipe first – for those who just come by for the food.

I'm getting anxious for summer – and garden salads.  Until then I make winter salads. 

I don't buy lettuce out of season – actually, I don't buy lettuce at all.  I grow it.

But there are lots of other things to use for salads.

I originally made this salad with frozen Lima Beans, which are not
available here. Now I use flageolet, which may not be available elsewhere. Use lima beans, white kidney beans (cannellini),
smaller, navy beans or even edamame…. All drained, rinsed and drained

Flageolet Bean and Celery Salad

Flageolet Bean and Celery Salad

1 1/2 cup rinsed beans, 10oz (275gr) 15oz (450gr) can
1 cup sliced celery, 2 – 3 ribs
1/3 cup sliced olives – black, green, Kalamata

Cook beans if using frozen. Drain and rinse if using canned.
Slice celery – if very wide cut rib in half length-wise first, 1/4 inch thick (.65cm). Roughly chop olives.
Put beans, celery, olives into a bowl, add vinaigrette, stir well to combine. Refrigerate until needed.


2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
1 1/2 tbs sherry vinegar
1 tsp dried chives
1 tsp dried thyme
3 tbs good olive oil

Whisk vinegar, mustard, and herbs. Slowly whisk in oil until thick.

On to the important stuff:

This was our den right after we finished it in December:

We finished the living room last week and moved all of this furniture in to that room.

This is the den today:

We had to dig furniture out of the piles….


We can actually walk through the room without bumping into something.


The dogs can walk through without having to backup when they get stuck.  Sedi has a very hard time with reverse since her stroke.


The book cases, which belong together, will eventually go into the dining room which is still our bedroom.  Then mon mari can build new book cases for this room.  Other than that change this is the final version of this room.

Well, and we'll move the crates of wine out into the barn when the risk of freezing is over….

And this is the living room:


The clock was moved in from the hall and the tan chair from the kitchen….


The piles of furniture are almost depleted at this point, just tables, dressers, beds left.

And somewhere I'll find the shelves for that tall case on the far wall.  It should have more than one.


Since there is both a radiator and an insulated floor this is now the warmest room in the house.  Mon mari has been taking advantage…. napping and reading when he's done for the day.  It's the first time in 18 months that we actually have a room to do that in comfortably,

See the porcelain dog?  No muss; no fuss!


There's the 4-corner view.

We're so excited…..

And, as long as I'm posting photos….

These are the books I spent Saturday unpacking


They're not rare treasures or anything – just important to me.

I've always liked books with pretty pictures.

For the record we now have a finished living room, den and hall; and an almost finished kitchen.

What's next?  A bedroom!  And, dare I suggest it?  A closet! (or something similar)

11 thoughts on “Flageolet and Celery Salad; the update”

  1. Congratulations Katie! Everything is looking beautiful and I can so appreciate what it is like to finally have a little room to spread out and relax. I still have boxes of books to unpack, mainly cookbooks and am waiting for my shelves in the kitchen. You both have persevered and done a good job.

  2. Thanks for the lovely tour. You must be so happy to actually have living space…as opposed to “living around things” space.
    The salad does look tasty.

  3. That’s so exciting to see all the progress on your house. I love the blue you painted your living room. It all looks so comfy, cozy, and restful. You must be sooo happy!

  4. Katie, your house is looking so fabulous! I bet it feels just *awesome* to have things in place, room to get around, and a finished (warm!) floor.
    I come for the food, but love the life updates. You hooked me with the story of the Great Leaf Fall/pumpkin gratin. 🙂

  5. Closet! Radical idea. The closet in our tent was oddly shaped like a suitcase 😉
    Love the books! and all the house comings along.
    Crazy but I have beans on now for a salad tonight!

  6. Poonam, thanks – on both counts.
    Penny, it’s like Christmas – to be able to unpack stuff. We still have lots in boxes, though…. Waiting on the bedrooms (we’re sleeping in what will be the dining room)
    Ruth, and warm living space – yes, happy!
    Joey, we’re getting there….
    Lynn, we’re thrilled, mon mari has taken to spending late afternoon’s in there reading….
    Zoomie, thanks ;-))
    Laurie, ah, the Great Leaf Fall – I remember that morning well!
    Ninja, this is the last time for us (we keep saying)
    Year on the Grill, a closet, yes…. Maybe we can shed the rumpled look we’ve had this past year with all our clothes in boxes.
    Tanna, I bought new plastic boxes for our clothes last summer – turned out to be a great investment. Keeps the mice and other critters out.

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