The humble black bean has been the most versatile staple food in our pantry these days. Tiny in size in its dried form, the little legume cooks up plump and perfectly creamy on the inside with a bit of chew to the skin on the outside. I cook my black beans low and slow in the oven (or on the stovetop) in the largest, heaviest pot I’ve got; my dutch oven. I have a big orange 6-quart’er which I’ve nicknamed The Pumpkin. Cheers for creativity and for naming cookware!
Soups & Stews
This is such a hectic time of year. Not only do the days seem shorter, but people seem to move faster too. We want to accomplish so many things and check off all the important to-do’s from our lists. I think we all need a breather. Well, this Curry-Roasted Red Kuri Squash Soup is meant to do just that. Let’s all take a moment and enjoy a good, hearty, warm bowl of soup.
Hi friends! Happy Election Day. Hope ya’ll voted and stuff. It’s getting colder out around here, rainy and cold and dark. Nick lovingly describes this time of year as the time when we eat a lot of bright orange meals. I can’t help it, I love me some squash (and sweet potato and carrots and… you get the point). This Brown Rice Congee with Roasted Red Kuri Squash does not disappoint. If you’ve never had congee before, I highly recommend. It’s literally comfort in a bowl.
Hi guys. So, if you’re a fan of free things, then you and I have something in common. It’s both easy and cost-effective to make your own vegetable broth at home. Not just cost-effective. This homemade vegetable broth is virtually free. AKA you are not buying any special ingredients for it. I mean you can if you want to, but you absolutely don’t have to. It will still come out amazing every time.
Hi, friends! So. Can you promise me this one thing? It’s quite simple, and I think you’ll find it a tasty promise to boot. Before the very last of the sweet summer corn fades away from our farmers market stands and grocery store shelves: promise me you’ll make this Summer Corn Bisque with Feta and Basil. It’s an especially timely recipe now, in Seattle, as a slight chill has crept into the air this week. So timely that I’d even go so far as to describe it as a perfect transitional meal for the change of the seasons.