Internet friend and Ferry Plaza customer Erik Ellestad writes about his recent adventures with beans:
Threw a cup and a half of rancho gordo beans (I think they were Red
Nightfall) in a dutch oven with 6 cloves of garlic, 3 bay leaves, and
a few thyme sprigs.
Put it in the oven at 325.
When beans were close to tender, I washed and trimmed 2 bunches of
kale. Put those on top and let them steam there until tender.
Mixed together and had a most delicious side dish.
By the bye: roasted shitake mushrooms and potatoes.
Cut a couple pounds of potatoes as for oven fries. Clean and slice a
bunch of shitake musrhooms.
Toss with Olive Oil and a bit of salt.
Spead out on a half sheet pan and roast in a hot oven until crispy.
Remove from oven and toss with minced herbs like thyme and oregano.
You will not be able to believe how amazingly tasty the crispy slices
of shitake mushroom are until you try it.
Concentrated umami! Your vegetarian friends may swear there was bacon