Appetizers,  Sides,  Snacks,  Vegetarian

Italian Edamame

Edamame is one of those fun to eat appetizers.   Grabbing a pod and squeeze biting it to release the little bean in your mouth.  It becomes one of those mindless snacking foods; chatting and snacking away.   It’s also a great stress reliever which I for one can attest to right now as I eat a bowl of these for my dinner.

I can finally share with you the reasons behind my overblessed life right now.  I’ve been traveling out of state this past month for a new job spending last weekend house hunting.  With mixed feelings, happy…, no sad, excited…, no scared, worried…, no confident …., I turned in my resignation at my current job this morning and put my house up for sale tonight.  Wish me luck; I’ll be moving and starting my new job in just a few weeks!

Nervous, you bet!  I’ve had a major life change once before, really didn’t think I’d be doing it again.  At least not on my own.  Again.  I guess we never really know where our journey in life will lead us.  It’s time for me to give my dreams a new beginning.

So when I pulled out my edamame to prepare it for dinner in the usual manner – steamed and salted, I started thinking about new beginnings.  Change.  Why just salt?  Why not garlic?  Why not pour in some of this wine I’m sipping?  Maybe I’ve had too much wine…

Change is good.  Change is exciting.  And you’ll never know until you taste it…or do it.

Italian Edamame

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1 -2 tablespoons dried oregano

1 -2 tablespoons olive oil

3/4 cup white wine or prosecco

1 pound edamame, frozen

Freshly grated parmesan cheese

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add in the garlic and dried oregano, saute until soft, do not burn the garlic.  Pour in the wine or prosecco, bring to a boil, reduce to simmer.  Allow wine to reduce slightly, drop in edamame and simmer for approximately 5 minutes.  Plate in a large bowl.  Top with grated parmesan cheese.  Serve immediately.


I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.


  • Kristy

    Oh Linda! I’m so nervous and excited for you. It’s one of those “moments” that change everything isn’t it?! I’m about there myself and can completely relate to your feelings. Best wishes and I look forward to hearing all about it. I know you’re going to do great things no matter where you are! Congratulations and best wishes. Oh and I’ll be making this edamame very soon. 🙂

  • Sammie

    I’ve never head of an Italian edamame. Sounds yummy though. And I just wanna say congratulations to you! You actually took many huge steps to change your life around! That’s such a brave thing to do. Good luck! Life is one exciting journey! 🙂

  • Barb Bamber

    I think this is just the most exciting news! You’re so brave making all these changes and I bet that courage will give you big rewards in the end!! Love your recipe as well! We had edamame in our pasta tonight:)

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    How very exciting Linda – kudos on taking a big change like this on your own. I am looking forward to hearing more about your new job and home.
    Lovely recipe too – we all get into ruts of doing the same thing over and over again. I will follow your example and change things up a bit in the kitchen tonight too.
    🙂 Mandy

  • ChgoJohn

    Wow, Linda! That’s a whole lotta news packed into 1 post! Good for you and I cannot wait to hear all about it. In the meantime, good luck and I hope you know that we are all pulling for you!

    • Linda

      It’s so nice to be able to read all these encouraging comments. I feel like I have all this virtual support!! I’ll keep you all posted; you just may see less of me as I’m trying to tackle a long, long list of To Dos!!

  • Chica Andaluza

    Change is good – take it from one who knows! I really am so excited for you Linda, you are starting a new chapter in your life and who knows what it will bring. I´m so pleased for you and look forward to sharing your “journey”. How did you also find time to post recipes…actually when I saw this I thought “if it´s italian, maybe we can call it Italian EdaMAMA”! Sending you a BIG hug..

    • Linda

      OH MY…I love it!! What a great recipe title!! You are so clever Tanya!! I’m trying to get a few posts in during the time as you know..we get so hooked on our blog and posting!! I think it also calms me to visit my blogger friends as it’s the only “stable” thing in my life right now until I get settled again!

  • chutneyandspice

    exciting times for you! We are preparing for a big change to, we are hoping to sell our house and find a larger family home – I find change difficult and scary, but you are right it can be positive and life affirming. Good luck with everything!

    • Linda

      Good luck to you too! It’s just an overwhelming process but really in the end, its all worth it. I’m one of those people who try to do it all and I just need to be a little easier on myself 🙂

  • bellini

    Life is all about the journey and it sounds like your path is changing. We wish you all the success in your new job…and I will keep in mind edamame beans as a stress reliever.

    • Linda

      I don’t know if garlic is used much in Japanese cooking, but in my family too, we love garlic!! Thank you Judy for your prayers and kind comment.

  • Linda

    Oh, you must really know me Sharyn! That is something I’m looking forward to. Especially that I where I’m going actually has SEASONS!! I’ve missed the fall soo much, but the not cold snow!

  • April

    Gorgeous edamame! And why not switch it up a bit? We all have our comfort zones and kind of cling on to routines and familiar things. We learn so much about ourselves and grow so much when we are willing to step out of that box of familiarity.

    Good luck to you on your new life adventure! Savor it!


  • Allie

    How exciting! Ahh, change is scary, but it can also be so amazing, so wishing you the absolutely best with all your big adjustments! And as long as it’s accompanied by wine and tasty food, you know it’ll be all good 🙂

  • Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    When I first read the title of your post I thought, goodness, a new type of edamame genus I’ve never heard of… ;-). I love that you gave this dish your own Italian twist – particularly like the addition of parmesan – mmm… and want to wish you the very best in the next phase of your journey. Indeed, we are all travelling and the path is never certain but keep up your beautiful spirit and it will light the way.

  • Geni

    I am so excited for you but I can imagine the anxiety the “What ifs” are causing. You are such a take charge woman so I know that you will be just fine and will flourish anywhere you go! This way of serving up edamame looks so tasty and different than I am used to. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Linda

      Thank you Geni, I’m trying my best to be that take charge woman! Guess when it’s only you to take charge, you just have to do it!! Thanks always for your support, encouragement and kind words! One of these days I hope we’re chatting face to face!!

  • Lisa

    Change is good! I wish you the best of luck. No matter what, I’m sure everything will be fine though it is very exciting and scary at the same time!
    Edamame’s look great, esp. with some prosecco! Have a great week Linda!

    • Linda

      Yes, change is good and I like to instill that in my kids too. I guess I’m role modeling this in a good way as they are very excited to make the change, well before I was!!

  • Kitchen Belleicious

    oh linda! We eat edamame likes it going to just all of a sudden disappear from this world. I buy them in bulk- seriously almost every other night we munch on this while i get dinner ready and I love this new twist with the garlic and such! Awesome

  • Courtney

    Congratulations Linda on your new endeavor! How exciting for you!! I’m sure things are happening just as they are supposed to, so enjoy the ride. (And I’ll enjoy some of this edamame.) 🙂

  • Caroline

    Love this, Linda! Never enough wine. 😉 Change is definitely good. Though it doesn’t always seem the case, it brings new opportunities and you’ll get to meet new, interesting people. Best of luck with your new job, that’s fantastic news!! You’re going to do wonderful! x

  • Claire

    Hi Linda, of wow that’s a big change, a new job and a new home! I want to wish you every happiness and success in both.
    and thank you, you have just reminded me how much I like Edamame, and that I have a packet of seeds to try and grow!!

  • betsyb

    What an exciting time. There’s nothing more empowering than taking control of your life and making a positive change. It will surely be a fun time of growth for you Linda and I wish you every success and happiness. I’m glad you’ll have seasons again, and can’t wait to hear more about where you’ve landed and your adventures once you’re settled. Cheers to you!

  • Sawsan@ chef in disguise

    Hello Linda, I have been trying to leave a comment but keep getting a message my requist time is up
    I just wanted to wish you all the best of luck, I hope this move is the start of a wonderful and magical chapter in your life

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