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The Rancho Gordo Blog — Cranberry

A Recipe for Borlotti from an Italiana

* Cranberry In the kitchen Ingredient Spotlight

A million years ago, I had a wonderful Italian teacher named Gloria. She was very funny and yet a little reserved. I think my interest in Italian pop music amused and confused her. Well, it turns out she's still funny and a little reserved and I know my interest in beans amuses and confuses. She sent me an email with her take on Borlotti/Cranberry beans as a side dish and it's sounds simple and very good. Gloria is now a noted artist and you can see her work at her website. A suggestion for a side dish - Just disregard if you...

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Borlotti Beans and Chicken

* Cranberry In the kitchen

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 come originally from Columbia! After the bean were cooked (they cooked all day in a slow cooker), I poached a whole cut up chicken in water...

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