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How to Cook Beans in the Rancho Gordo Manner

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There is not one single method of cooking beans. At its most basic, you want to simmer the pot until the beans are soft. Soaking can speed up the process and vegetables or stock will make them more flavorful. It's really that simple. There's all kinds of fine tuning and variables, but basically, this is it. Normally on a bean cooking day (which frankly is everyday at Rancho Gordo), I put the beans to soak in the morning, after rinsing in lots of cool water and checking for small debris. I cover the beans by about an inch or so...

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Ayocote Morado and Charred Corn Salad

Ayocote Morado and Charred Corn Salad

Dark Beans Gluten-Free Salads Side Dishes Vegetarian

Inspired by a Yotam Ottolenghi recipe, here is a dish you could take to a gathering and serve at room temperature. So many hosts want some help but dread hearing, "What can I bring?" Make it easy on them and bring this. Or serve it as a side at your own celebration. 1...

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Beef, Bean, and Swiss Chard Ragout Over Polenta

Beef, Bean, and Swiss Chard Ragout Over Polenta

Italian Main Dishes Omnivore Polenta White Beans

Angelo Garro has been a part of the Bay Area food scene for years. His Omnivore Salt company has been making the world more delicious, and if you get a chance to meet him, you are in for a treat. He's one of our favorite people, and we're happy he...

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Puerto Rican Habichuelas

Puerto Rican Habichuelas

Main Dishes Medium Beans Omnivore Soups & Stews Vegan Vegetarian

  We've been following Illyanna Maisonet for years. She's an excellent food writer with a natural curiosity. Her articles for the San Francisco Chronicle were legendary. She's an odd and appealing mix of honesty, integrity, vulnerability, and maybe a touch of confidence now and then. She knows her subject, but...

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Celery and White Bean Salad

Celery and White Bean Salad

Holiday Omnivore Salads Vegetarian White Beans

This is our favorite kind of salad: crunchy, creamy, and substantial. We've been enjoying Andy Baraghani's book, The Cook You Want to Be (Lorena Jones Books, 2022). There are countless new ideas and jumping-off points if you're an adventurous cook. His Crunchy Celery Salad has shades of the old Waldorf...

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Deconstructed Pozole Salad

Deconstructed Pozole Salad

Omnivore Pescatarian Posole/Hominy Salads Side Dishes

You are welcome to play around with quantities and even ingredients. You could try a colored cabbage, replace it with lettuce, use poached chicken instead of shrimp, or make it vegan and leave them out altogether. The one thing we insist is that you don't use canned hominy. Hopefully, you...

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Baby Spinach and Preserved Lemon Salad with Black Garbanzos

Baby Spinach and Preserved Lemon Salad with Black Garbanzos

Omnivore Other Legumes Salads Side Dishes Vegetarian

1 garlic clove, minced 1 tablespoon minced preserved lemon 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon Rancho Gordo Castillo Spanish Pimenton (optional) 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 4 cups baby spinach 1 1/2 cups cooked, drained Rancho Gordo Black Garbanzos or Classic Garbanzos 1/4 of a white...

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Black Garbanzo Salad with Emily Nunn's Barn Ranch

Black Garbanzo Salad with Emily Nunn's Barn Ranch

Omnivore Other Legumes Salads Side Dishes Vegetarian

Our friend Emily Nunn is a People of The Bean. Her clever Department of Salad newsletter is an endless font of salad wisdom. She's written an ebook for Rancho Gordo, and she's a constant inspiration for better and better salads. She is an advocate for this delicious version of Ranch...

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Garbanzo Salad with Roasted Peppers and Spanish Chorizo

Garbanzo Salad with Roasted Peppers and Spanish Chorizo

Gluten-Free Omnivore Other Legumes Salads Snacks & Appetizers

Steve made this super simple, flexible salad for an Instagram Live episode and we got some requests for the full recipe. Ta-da! Note that Steve used pre-cooked Spanish chorizo, which is different from the fresh Mexican-style chorizo that needs to be cooked first.  2 cups cooked, drained Rancho Gordo Garbanzo Beans 1 cup chopped...

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Green Chile Pozole with Shrimp

Green Chile Pozole with Shrimp

Main Dishes Omnivore Posole/Hominy Soups & Stews

As much as I love pork and chicken, some of my happiest memories have been made over a bucket of perfect shrimp. Any type of pozole is appropriate for any time of year, but I think a party with shrimp pozole, cold beers, and a fun crowd sounds like summer....

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Black Eyed Peas and Carolina Gold Rice

Black Eyed Peas and Carolina Gold Rice

Main Dishes Omnivore Other Legumes

Hoppin’ John has a fascinating history, with many regional variations – too many to count. One difference is the variety of field peas used. A lot of Southerners grew up with cowpeas, or “red peas,” in their Hoppin’ John, rather than black-eyed peas. There are also different opinions about bacon versus...

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Black Eyed Pea and Carrot Salad with Spring Mint

Black Eyed Pea and Carrot Salad with Spring Mint

Omnivore Other Legumes Salads Snacks & Appetizers Vegetarian

When we think of Black Eyed Peas, we generally think of stews and pork products, so it was fun to experiment with them in a fresh vegetable and herb salad. Black Eyed Peas, especially our new-crop peas, can overcook quickly, so keep an eye on the pot if you are cooking them...

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Roasted Cabbage with Beans and Mushrooms

Roasted Cabbage with Beans and Mushrooms

Dark Beans Main Dishes Omnivore Vegan Vegetarian

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...

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