Posts Tagged ‘beans’

Rancho Gordo

Monday, March 10th, 2014
Rancho Gordo Scarlet Runner Beans

Rancho Gordo Scarlet Runner Beans

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Rancho Gordo

Rancho Gordo is a specialty bean store.  Yep, you heard me, beans.  You’re probably asking, why would one want to buy specialty beans?  Beans, so plain and humble, that often we forget all about them.  Well, a few reasons come to mind (or should I say mouth) — taste, texture, flavor, freshness and variety.
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Scarlet Runner Beans and Caramelized Onions

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
Scarlet Runner Beans with Caramelized Onions

Scarlet Runner Beans with Caramelized Onions

Scarlet Runner Beans and Caramelized Onions

These gorgeous Scarlet Runner Beans are maroon with black speckles.  Larger than a cannellini bean, but smaller than a Christmas Lima, they have a natural meaty taste and texture.  Seasoned simply with salt brings out their wonderful sweetness.

Keep in mind the beans can be cooked 2-3 days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.  Or, you can freeze the cooked beans for up to a month.
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Red Nightfall Beans with Celery and Onions

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Red Nightfall Beans with Scallion Almond Brown Rice

Red Nightfall Beans with Scallion Almond Brown Rice

Red Nightfall Beans with Celery and Onions

I purchased these dried Red Nightfall beans from Rancho Gordo, an awesome bean store near downtown Napa.  Sometimes they are called Mayflower beans.  These gorgeous pale pink beans are speckled with maroon.  They cook up creamy and tender, without falling apart.  If you can’t find Red Nightfall or Mayflower beans you can use black beans or pinto beans.  Here I’ve paired them with caramelized celery and onions, cooked in a mixture of cumin and thyme.

Keep in mind the beans can be cooked 2-3 days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.  Or, you can freeze the cooked beans for up to a month.

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Greens and Beans with Polenta

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
Spinach and Cannellini Beans with Fontina Polenta

Spinach and Cannellini Beans with Fontina Polenta

Greens and Beans with Polenta

Loosely adapted from Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy by Lidia Bastianich

Though this dish may not sound flavorful and exciting, it packs a good flavor punch.  Throw in some garlic, pancetta, and cheese and it turns beans and spinach into a savory delightful and warming comfort food.
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Purple Beans

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
Purple Beans

Purple Beans

Purple Beans

These pretty purple beans caught my eye at the Farmers’ Market.
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