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Recipes — Dark Beans

Roasted Cabbage with Beans and Mushrooms

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Roasted Cabbage with Beans and Mushrooms

Allison Robicelli is a very provocative food writer and when she's not making me laugh on Twitter, she's offering solid advice for things like cabbage. This is her technique for cabbage wedges; I think they're an ideal buddy for a bowl of perfectly cooked heirloom beans.  1 pound whole white button mushrooms 6 cloves garlic, sliced 1½ tablespoons plus ¼ cup olive oil (divided use) Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 whole cabbage, sliced into thick wedges Half of a lemon 2 cups cooked Rancho Gordo dark or medium heirloom beans, such as Domingo Rojo, Rio Zape, or Buckeye, warmed...

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Runner Bean Salad with Radishes and Pomegranate

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Runner Bean Salad with Radishes and Pomegranate

Runner beans make a welcome component in a salad because they are thick-skinned and firm, but with a creamy interior. You can prepare all the components of this salad in advance, but wait until just before serving to combine everything, so all the ingredients stay crisp and fresh. ½ bunch fresh cilantro 1 to 2 jalapeño chiles, halved, stemmed, and seeded 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon Rancho Gordo Pineapple Vinegar or other mild vinegar ¼ cup olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 cups baby arugula or baby spinach 1 watermelon radish, halved and very thinly sliced (or other radishes of your choice, thinly sliced) 1...

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Moros y Cristianos (Black Beans and Rice)

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Moros y Cristianos (Black Beans and Rice)

Nowadays, modern cooks prepare the rice and beans together, but in the traditional Cuban manner, the rice and beans are cooked separately and the Moors (beans) don’t encounter the Christians (rice) until they meet on your plate. Both methods are great, though we prefer the sharper, more distinct flavors the old-fashioned technique delivers. Serves 2 to 4 4 lean bacon slices, chopped Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed 1 white onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, smashed 1 green bell pepper, seeded and deveined, then diced 1 teaspoon Rancho Gordo New Mexican Red Chile Powder 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano, preferably Rancho...

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Ayocotes with Nopales and Fiery Salsa

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Ayocotes with Nopales and Fiery Salsa

Nopales are prickly-pear cactus paddles that you can find in most Mexican markets and some supermarkets. You can often buy them precleaned, but if you need to do it yourself, here are some tips.  1 to 2 cups cleaned, cubed nopales (cactus paddles) ¼ of a white onion, chopped 3 cups cooked Rancho Gordo heirloom beans, such as Ayocote Negro or Ayocote Morado, with some broth 1 sprig fresh epazote Chile de Arbol Salsa for serving Skillet Cornbread (optional; see below) Serves 2 In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the nopales and onion and cover with water by...

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Bludso's BBQ Red Beans and Rice

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Bludso's BBQ Red Beans and Rice

  Our staff test kitchen tried a new version of Red Beans and Rice from the recent book, Bludso's BBQ Cookbook (Ten Speed Press, 2022). They'd made it with our Domingo Rojo beans and author Kevin Bludso's recipe. I am always happy to try a bean dish but I knew nothing about this book or Bludso's BBQ in Compton, and I wasn't prepared to fall completely in love with this dish. I mean, doesn't the best Red Beans and Rice come from New Orleans? What do I know? Apparently, not much! Bludso's roots are in Texas, and of course, Texas...

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Runner Bean and Raw Asparagus Salad

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Runner Bean and Raw Asparagus Salad

Like almost everyone else, I have been enamored with Joshua McFadden's cookbook, Six Seasons. At first I resisted. Seasonal market cooking. Really? Again? Yes, really. The story is the seasons but in the end, it's simply a great book for people who find the produce section the most interesting part of food shopping. The recipes are simple and straightforward without a lot of chef-y pretense and my copy, less than a year old, is filthy from use. Splattered with some really good memories. One of my favorite recipes has been this raw asparagus salad, tarted up by me with some...

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Vegetarian Black Bean Chowder

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Vegetarian Black Bean Chowder

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Two Old Dogs Red Beans and Rice

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Two Old Dogs Red Beans and Rice

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Three Sisters Favorite Guajillo Beans

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Three Sisters Favorite Guajillo Beans

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Sopa Campesina

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Sopa Campesina

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Scarlet Runner Salad

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Scarlet Runner Salad

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Rancho Gordo Chili sin Carne

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Rancho Gordo Chili sin Carne

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