Florida Butter Bean

December 18, 2006 // 0 Comments

Please note: As of now, we’re not growing Florida Butter beans. We hope to again in the future.¬† I grew up hating Lima beans. The fact is that they are starchy and have thick skins and I believe my mother overcooked them to make them seem more appealing. It didn’t work! Rediscovering Limas has been a real treat. They’re actually good and it’s not hard to make them great. (Click for more)

A Gift From the Tarahumara Bean Bag

December 14, 2006 // 3 Comments

I met my pal Christopher Ann on one of the online food forums and we’ve been buddies ever since, even taking two trips to Mexico together. In fact, I wouldn’t consider going without running my itinerary by her in case there was a chance she was free. She often haunts the border towns between Mexico and Texas and if she’s driving, she is always kind enough to do some obscene (Click for more)

To Soak or Not to Soak?

December 12, 2006 // 10 Comments

That is the question. Or at least the most popular question. In Mexico, most cooks don’t soak. In Italy, the soak and change the water. What do you do? Does it work? Then I’d say keep on doing it, up to a degree. I recently received this email from a cooking school instructor: I am an instructor at [a college] where we have a Natural Chef program and we have had two bad experiences (Click for more)

Menu For Hope

December 11, 2006 // 0 Comments

From the Menu for Hope site: Every year, Food Bloggers from all over the world get together for a fundraising campaign.  We call our campaign ‘Menu for Hope’.  Last year, we raised $17,000 to help UNICEF. This year, Menu for Hope III raises funds to support the UN World Food Programme. To us Food Bloggers, food is a joy.  On our blogs, we celebrate food as a delight and (Click for more)

Cooking With Clay

December 8, 2006 // 1 Comment

My favorite way to prepare beans is in a clay pot, right on the gas stove. It looks great and there’s an element of  "Look Ma! No hands!", but it’s also a clever gentle way to slow cook food. My friend Christopher Ann emailed me from a recent trip to Mexico and told me that there were a lot of pots that I might like. I told her I’d prefer a few big, good pieces (Click for more)

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)
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