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Cauliflower with Cassoulet Beans and Capers

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Cauliflower with Cassoulet Beans and Capers

I somehow landed a copy of Omar Allibhoy’s Spanish Made Simple and while I wasn’t expecting much, several of the recipes have become favorites. It’s good! It isn’t a definitive guide to the Spanish kitchen by any means, but there’s fine inspiration for home cooks and dishes you don’t see all the time. The Coliflor con Ajos Vinagre y Alcaparras recipe has been served at my place several times and of course I feel compelled to improvise. I roasted the cauliflower instead of boiling it and what’s a good dish without beans? The addition of cooked white beans makes this...

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Pasta e Fagioli with Escarole

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Pasta e Fagioli with Escarole

Escarole is a rare and exotic vegetable for me. I'd been scared off with stories about its bitterness and frankly, there were plenty of other things to eat that struck me as more appealing. My greengrocer had it, I bought and now I had to use it. It looks like a head of butter lettuce and it is, as promised, somewhat bitter. On its own, it's unappealing but wilted by tossing in warm pasta, it's just great. You can go heavier on the beans if you like. For me, this is a pasta dish with beans and escarole. Ingredients 2...

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Slow-Baked Garbanzos

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Slow-Baked Garbanzos

One of my favorite books from the last years has been The Blue Zones (National Geographic, 2008) by Dan Buettner. Statistics for longevity are examined and there are some not so surprising conclusions reached, my favorite being that those of us lucky enough to make it to the old folks stage tend to eat beans. The Greek Island of Ikaria is mentioned a lot and it’s referred to as the place where people forget to die. Citizens work, garden, eat whole foods, little meat and of course eat beans (and drink wine.) Works for me. Diane Kochilas’ book on the...

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Requeson with Epazote

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Beans and Greens

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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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Summer Posole from Deborah Madison

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Summer Posole from Deborah Madison

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Spring Lamb and Flageolet Beans

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Spring Lamb and Flageolet Beans

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Spicy Baked Royal Corona Beans

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Spicy Baked Royal Corona Beans

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Spiced Duck Breast with Rancho Gordo Wild Rice Custard and Truffle Sauce

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Spiced Duck Breast with Rancho Gordo Wild Rice Custard and Truffle Sauce

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Short Ribs from Prather Ranch

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Short Ribs from Prather Ranch

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Sarah Scott's Soft Tacos with Beans 'n' Greens

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Sarah Scott's Soft Tacos with Beans 'n' Greens

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