White Bean and Rice Soup with Raab and Sausage

Soups like these are why I cook more beans and rice than I need for any given meal. Canned beans would be just fine, too! Pair the leftover rice and beans with sausage from the freezer and some leftover chicken stock (or just water or veg broth) and some leafy greens (anything you have) and you have a richly flavored dish in very short order.... Read more »

White Bean, Chicken and Herb Salad

This is a bright, springy dish that can be a light supper with some good bread or another vegetable or salad. You can omit the lentils. I happened to have some previously cooked little black lentils (which hold their shape beautifully--much like French Green lentils) on hand and like the color contrast with the white beans but the dish doesn't need them to succeed.   You can change the ratio of chicken to beans/herbs using either h... Read more »

White Bean and Kale Soup

This classic combination comes together quickly with either canned or home-cooked beans. You can add sausage or bacon or use chard, mustard greens or any leafy greens instead of kale.... Read more »

Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Lemon and Capers

This is a quick, flavorful pasta dish. The capers and lemon provide a nice balance to the sweetness of the Brussels sprouts.... Read more »

Perfect Green Beans

Fresh green beans cooked in well-salted boiling water for 4 minutes are so good. Enjoy as is or with some aioli.... Read more »

Workplace Wellness

CSA

Bean and Cabbage Soup with Herb Dumplings

Dumplings are simple to stir together and if you happen to have sourdough starter on hand, you can employ some of it to make them extra bouncy and moist. The fresh herbs make them particularly flavorful. You can cook dumplings in most any soup so this is just a suggested combination. Vary the beans, vegetables, stock and herbs to suit your taste and pantry.   You can use already cooked or canned beans (drain if using the latter) or... Read more »

Pantry

What if the Leftovers were so Good you Couldn't Wait to Eat them Again and Again?

  Before I forget: I’m teaching a Cooking Class on December 11th. Come make cherry pie, beautiful winter salads and bright sauces that make everything better and will balance out all the heavy holiday fare! It will be a fun, festive and delicious evening. 2 spots left!   Would it be worth slowly cooking something, like this Chickpea (Chorizo) Chili, for a couple of hours? Or maybe you folks with I... Read more »

What if the Leftovers were so Good you Couldn’t Wait to Eat them Again and Again?

  Before I forget: I’m teaching a Cooking Class on December 11th. Come make cherry pie, beautiful winter salads and bright sauces that make everything better and will balance out all the heavy holiday fare! It will be a fun, festive and delicious evening. 2 spots left!   Would it be worth slowly cooking something, like this Chickpea (Chorizo) Chili, for a couple of hours? Or maybe you folks with Instant Pots can adapt this, but it’s pretty hands off…