Chamba

A Christmas gift from my bride. This beautiful lidded pot is made from a naturally occurring black clay. I took its arrival as a hint that somebody was really wanting some beans. Pot christening was accomplished with 2 pounds of Rancho Gordo’s Runner Cannellini Beans which turned up in this year’s cassoulet (story soon to…

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Sangre de Toro

No, not the “blood of fatty tuna”, but a red bean. In this case, a dried bean purchased from Rancho Gordo. Beautiful deep color on the beans. After a soak, the water turns the color of beet juice. Cook with a mirapoix and a couple cloves-worth of chopped garlic. Bring to a hard boil for…

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Soup du jour

After a dismal attempt at bean soup a week or two ago , today’s worked out pretty well. The previous attempt (shown below) was a little heavy on the tomato and the beans just weren’t that good. I had picked up some Bob’s Red Mill cannellini beans at the market since we didn’t have any…

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I’ll take your Bandol and this

Personal Wine Buyer just wrote about a pair of rosés. The Domaine Tempier is my all-time favorite, but it’s not inexpensive for a rose. Although I’m still working through a backlog of wine and food reviews that nobody is apparently going to write for me, life goes one.  So, some of the older favorites are…

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Beanies

Just got a box of heirloom dried beans from Rancho Gordo. We’ll see if we like ’em.

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