Articles by Ceci

A Vegetable-Rich Minestrone Soup with Cranberry Beans (Borlotti)

April 19, 2017 // 7 Comments

Simple Feast is a great app for your iPhone or Android that features recipes from the some of the world’s best chefs. Like a lot of these new food apps, it features a shopping list and nutrition information but I think it’s the array of chefs and recipes that really sets this one apart. The soup and bean-obsessed among us will fall for Chef Paolo Dorigato’s Minestrone with our Cranberry (Click for more)

Leftover Strategies: Grits with Black Eyed Peas and Bacon

December 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Earlier, I wrote about cooking on my wood-burning stove and the success I had making grits. It was simple and fun but even having given away a lot to my mother, there was still plenty left. This morning, I gently heated the grits with a little chicken stock. Meanwhile, I sauteed some chopped bacon pieces, drained the excess fat and then stirred in some leftover Black Eyed Peas. I made a bed for (Click for more)

Look, Ma! I Made Me a Cassoulet!

November 25, 2016 // 7 Comments

I spent Sunday finally making a cassoulet. I’ve been curling up with Kate Hill’s Cassoulet: A French Obsession, for a week or so and finally decided to take the plunge. I will admit I’d been working myself up into a frenzy about this and now that I’ve done it, I can say in all honesty that it’s easily within anyone’s grasp to make an excellent cassoulet. I made a few compromises but (Click for more)

Sunday Supper: Dover Sole in Hoja Santa

November 22, 2016 // 1 Comment

Things seem so nuts and my one island of control and sanity is Sunday Supper. I’m lucky enough to have one of my sons and my mother on hand almost every Sunday and often we have friends. The world gives me a royal pain these days but preparing something for those I care about is my revenge. This particular Sunday, I noticed that my hoja santa plant (Piper auritum, also hierba santa or (Click for more)

The Kind of Company You Want For More Than 3 Days

November 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

I think this is the hummingbird that stays all winter and makes nests in the spring. I get the sense that the egg-laying hasn’t been successful but I’m not sure. She rests on this gorgeous Par-a-Sol feeder and leaves when a bullying male comes by, but she returns back in her own time. I pretend she knows I am helping her. Hey, you get your kicks where you can! We sell the feeders in (Click for more)

Leftover Strategies: Spinach, Ricotta and Cassoulet Beans

November 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

This photo has made the rounds on Instagram and Twitter so I thought I’d add it here as well. It seems to have struck a nerve. I’ve had people ask me for the recipe and of course, there really isn’t one. Leftover cassoulet beans, leftover frozen spinach and big dollop of ricotta cheese. Salt. Heat. That’s it. It was great. I’m not sure how you make creamed spinach (Click for more)

Mushroom “Carnitas” with Heirloom White Beans

November 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

These boiled, then fried, mushrooms are intense and delicious. We love them with our Cassoulet beans but Alubia Blanca, Ayocote Blanco, Flageolet or Marcella beans would all be great. You can also chop them up finer and use them in lots of other dishes. A taco with just the mushrooms and some cheese would be terrific. The recipe has morphed from the original but the technique for the mushrooms (Click for more)