Borlotti Beans and Chicken

December 6, 2006 // 7 Comments

This was surprisingly delicious beyond description. I haven’t had Borlotti beans in months and found half a bag in the pantry. They are a cranberry type bean which means they have a mottled pod when fresh and when dried and cooked, they are velvety and rich. They also have a nice pot liquor, which is why they are so popular in Pasta e Fagioli in the north of Italy. And the twist is they (Click for more)

Rancho Gordo in Wine Spectator Magazine

December 6, 2006 // 1 Comment

Things have been wild at the warehouse this week. We noticed a sharp increase in Internet sales and figured it must be people thinking about the holidays and presents. That may be some of it but we’re featured in a short blurb in the current (12-31-06) number of Wine Spectator magazine and the response is amazing.  You can bet we’ll be using the pull quote: "…if (Click for more)

Tequila with Prickly Pears (Tunas)

December 5, 2006 // 5 Comments

I planted my cactus about 2 years ago. It seemed fine until this summer and it just took off. Fresh new paddles for eating as a vegetable were harvested all year but more dramatic were all the prickly pears, or tunas. They were good about ripening in stages until recently. All of a sudden they seem swollen and ready to pick, or risk having them split and rot. Several years ago, I discovered you (Click for more)

Poblano Chiles Stuffed with Potatoes and Sardines

December 1, 2006 // 0 Comments

My Mexico is one of Diana Kennedy’s later books. I remember looking forward it’s publication and the slight disappointment I felt when it arrived. Some of the recipes seemed very obvious and others required ingredients that were impossible to obtain. It felt like I would never use it. Never say never! The more I learn about Mexican food, the more I realize how much more I have to (Click for more)

Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 27, 2006 // 7 Comments

Every year it seems like Turkey Curry is the featured after-Thanksgiving recipe in most of the newspapers. I suspect most of us just pick at the turkey until it’s finished. My mother was famous for her Turkey-Rice Soup. Famous? Maybe not, but we all loved it. I made enchiladas last night with some leftover chile sauce from my breakfast chilaquiles. The tortillas were dipped first in hot (Click for more)

Video Lesson in Coooking Beans

November 20, 2006 // 8 Comments

A lot of times at the farmers market, I’ll explain how to cook the beans to a new customer. This is followed up with printed instructions. This followed up with a follow-up lesson, going over the same thing. Again. So my friend Grant and I decided to make a video with instructions. It ended up being far too indepth so I’ve rededited it to just cover the basics. Down the road (Click for more)

Yellow Eye Beans

November 17, 2006 // 0 Comments

I have to confess that I’m not in love with ordinary Navy or Great Northern beans. They have a blandness and “comfort food” quality that puts me to sleep. Navy beans also have a slight gumminess that I really don’t care for. I much prefer the buttery Runner beans or the light and delicate Marrow bean. But I do understand there are moments, especially as the colder weather (Click for more)

Appetizer Peppers

November 14, 2006 // 0 Comments

Here in the Bay Area, small European-bred peppers have been all the rage for a couple of years. The most famous is the Padron, popularized by Happy Quail Farms and others, which has a distinct nutty flavor and the occasional hot bite. Mariquita Farms grow a similar Friarelli which lacks the nuttiness but has a pleasing, slightly bitter (amaro) aftertaste.After rinsing the peppers, saute them on (Click for more)

Kiss My Grits, or at least eat them

November 10, 2006 // 5 Comments

It’s been a Halloween tradition that I bring my¬† Posole/Fish stew to Sonoma and set up a home base at my pals Maureen and Mike’s house while the kiddies go out trick or treating. Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday but with good food and wine (Mike works for Gloria Ferrer, who in addition to their more famous sparkling wines make an underrated chardonnay), it’s a lot of (Click for more)

June in November

November 9, 2006 // 0 Comments

What’s going on here? It’s November and it’s mild and pleasant and things are still happening in the garden.  Several bean plants have new growth and even new beans. I wouldn’t be surprised to see bean blossoms if this keeps (Click for more)
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