In the kitchen

In Which I Discover the Thrill of Chicken Wings

February 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

We were sitting around the office here at Rancho Gordo, thinking about how we’ll spend our energies over the new year. There was talk about a Valentines Day promotion but I found it weird. We don’t have to tie our product into every single holiday. Sometimes it’s nice to not be a part of the noise. I’m not so keen on team sports but a surprisingly large number of people (Click for more)

Recipe: Heirloom White Bean Dip (Not just for game day)

February 9, 2017 // 2 Comments

For the last Super Bowl, we thought it would be fun to come up with some twists on traditional game day food. This white bean dip was great and it’s an ideal way to use up that last cup or so from your pot of beans. I inhaled this stuff. I think it would be easy to add an anchovy for even more depth but it’s pretty swell as it is. 1 cup cooked Rancho Gordo Marcella, Ayocote Blanco, (Click for more)

My Little Black Book: 10 Years of Dinner Parties

February 2, 2017 // 10 Comments

I’ve been writing about dinner parties lately. A lot. As these weird, scary political times continue, I feel compelled to surround myself with people I care about and feed them. It’s a sense of control, probably false, but it makes the world make sense. Something in me decided that I wanted to document these dinners. 10 years ago I bought this large Moleskin notebook and I’ve (Click for more)

Making Ricotta at Home

January 27, 2017 // 5 Comments

Continuing with my being “thrifty” (equals CHEAP), I sometimes don’t go through all of my milk before the expiration day. I hate waste. Somewhere in the back of my mind I remember reading about how easy it to make ricotta. I searched and came upon The Kitchn’s version. It may not be as flashy as other sites but The Kitchn always delivers with thoughtful, interesting (Click for more)

Modern Problems: Those Pesky Kale Stems!

January 25, 2017 // 2 Comments

I love kale. I also am “thrifty” and the stalks have always been problematic for me. I’ve tried sauteing them until tender before adding the actual kale leaves. It’s fair but not very exciting. I’ve also tried fermenting them but no one who tried them asked for the recipe, if you know what I mean and I think you do. This last weekend I was reading the old book, When (Click for more)

Royal Corona Beans in a Creamy Tomato Sauce

January 23, 2017 // 6 Comments

This was featured in our last newsletter and I’ve made it several times since we’ve had Royal Coronas back in stock. I think it’s an almost perfect dish. It really shows off why heirloom beans are so great and make such a huge difference. Recipe:¬†Royal Corona Beans in a Creamy Tomato Sauce 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloved garlic, minced 1/2 yellow onion, chopped 1 carrot, (Click for more)

More on Soaking. Sometimes, It’s a Very Good Idea.

January 20, 2017 // 6 Comments

I almost hate to bring it up because everyone has such a strong opinion about it but normally I don’t soak. Sometimes I do. I really think the best beans come from very low and slow cooking after a strong 15 minute boil. Soaking can help speed things up and some claim it helps the texture. I’m not sold, but I have no problem with people who insist on soaking, unless they say something (Click for more)

Food Real Fast: Don’t Tell Me You’re Too Busy To Cook!

January 6, 2017 // 5 Comments

I was chatting with a friend about the wave of prepared food delivery services. I’m sure they are a godsend to some, but I just don’t get the appeal. The cost, the packaging, the disconnect with the food itself- it all has zero appeal for me. Why not cook a big pot of beans on the weekend? If you don’t love to cook, which I seriously doubt is you if you’re reading this, (Click for more)

My Puny Little Olive Harvest

January 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

My house came with two olive trees that the previous owner planted. I love them but I live on a forested mountain top and it gets warm but there’s lots of shade and I don’t know if it’s the ideal place to grow olives. I don’t care. The trees seem happy and some years you get more olives than others. This year was one of those meager ones. Ta da. This was it. On the advice (Click for more)
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