Category Archives: Legumes

Simmered Chickpea Stew

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Get those garbanzo beans a soakin’ Long ago, when Alex was a youngster, I had a client who gave me a recipe for her favorite garbanzo bean stew. It really was delicious and I made that recipe many times – delicious and cheap. Although we both grew tired of this recipe I’m pretty sure that it did imprint as one of his childhood foods, so when I make it now, it’s familiar and comforting. I was thinking of this recipe the other day but couldn’t find it. Frustrating but I decided to try to ad lib holy-befold! I have to say that I’ve come pretty close! I got those Rancho Gordo dried garbanzo beans to soaking and this is what I came up with. A pretty good approximation of my favorite simmered chickpea stew. Simmered...

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Super Bowl Chili

Sunday, 22 February 2015

It’s been awhile hasn’t it? I apparently went on hiatus. Inadvertent hiatus I guess. In a way. I had a Thanksgiving posting prepared and then that slipped away. Then Christmas/Chanukah slipped away. Then New Year’s Day slipped away. Then Terry Hoffman’s dinner slipped away. Then Super Bowl slipped away. Now it’s Valentine’s day. No more slipping away. Hiatus is over. I’m back. For the moment I will let the recipes from holidays and gatherings and kitchen experiments go by the wayside, and instead of backtracking four months I’ll start with Super Bowl Sunday. Super Bowl Sunday party started with an email from our friend Suzanne who said something along the lines of “if you’re having a Super Bowl party,...

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Crispy Quinoa Cakes

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Ever since Virginia Ripley’s pre-wedding girlfriend gathering I’ve been wanting to make Quinoa cakes again. That night I didn’t really make them but I did enjoy eating them. Ariane – Virginia’s dear dear friend - who was here from Paris to celebrate Virginia and John - rescued me. I never would have known how to pat them together firmly if Ariane hadn’t shown me. And then she cooked them. And somehow I thought it was a big project so I postponed another shot at them. The truth is – they’re manageable – even on a weeknight. Then, the other day, when I was sort of cleaning out the cupboard I came across some quinoa and decided the time had come. This revelation coincided with the arrival of Ellie Seltzer – Alan’s...

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Warm French Lentils

Monday, 14 April 2014

I have these old old friends from way back when. David and Beth. They are wonderful, warm, lovely people. I was in their wedding. It’s true. My first foray into wedding life. Since I started out as David’s friend I was technically one of his grooms-people but in a Bridesmaid’s dress. I felt awkward in that dress – I will never forget. Anyway. . . I adore them both and we have started getting together regularly – about every four months or so. Well, actually, we’ve done it twice. But both times have been excellent. Prior to that we were all too busy with work and raising family. Kids are now in college or graduated and there’s a little free weekend time so there we were. The first time we got together was...

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New Years Day And Jared’s Birthday

Wednesday, 01 January 2014

Over the last years we have tried to have a New Year’s Day Open House combined with a celebration of Jared’s birthday. Some years it works. Some years it doesn’t. This year it didn’t look like it was going to work but then it did. The traditional New Year’s Day good luck food is ‘Hoppin’ John’ (aka black-eyed peas) and is a Southern States tradition. Served with Collard greens and corn bread. I think it was Cindy Ripley (of Luna Garcia) who told me that where she comes from (Texas) the cabbage (Collards) represents the ‘bills’ as in dollar bills and the peas represent the coins. I’ll take it. You gotta have both. So… on Sunday I sent out Paperless Post Invites and the party was on. It was a sweet,...

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A Little Ditty And Nothing More. . .

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Garbanzos or chickpeas. Why the two names? They don’t even sound alike. Well . . . the word ‘chickpea’ comes from the Latin word “cicer. “ Why? Who knows. The word “Garbanzo” comes from old Spanish “garroba” or “algarroba.” Why? Who knows. And get this, there are carbon samples that date garbazos from 7,500 years ago. Crazy right? The plants are really pretty – you hardly ever see them except at the Farmer’s Markets. Check them out. Here’s a really simple, lovely recipe that I saved, then tweaked, from a 2011 Bon Appetit. Chickpea salad with lemon, parmesan, and fresh herbs (from Bon Appetite 2011) Ingredients: 1 15-16 ounce can of chickpeas, rinsed, drained or 2 cups of cooked dried...

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My Brother’s Beans aka The Best ‘Pork And Beans’ Ever

Friday, 29 March 2013

It’s no secret that I’m a bean freak (I soak ‘em) so when my brother and I were talking on the phone a couple of weeks ago and he told me about a ‘pork and beans’ recipe that he was making I was willing to listen – mostly to be polite. Honestly, ‘pork and beans,’ are not my thing. First of all I’m a vegetarian (mostly). Second of all, and my mind started jumping about, ‘pork and beans’??? Doesn’t that come in a can? Why would you want to make beefy and brown ketchup saucy ‘pork and beans’– a homemade version of the canned stuff. As we know, ‘assumptions’ are dangerous and this one was no exception. My brother started talking about the beans with great enthusiasm. His voice elevated and...

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A Simple Pot of Beans aka Good Mother Stallard

Saturday, 01 December 2012

Remember that rhyme? “Beans, beans, are good for the heart. . ..” It was oh so funny when we were small. What is it with kids and farting? I wonder why farting is so funny? Curious. In any event…. My friend Kathy Patton taught me about beans. Real beans. The good ones and there are so so so many kinds. Kathy started talking about beans once when Alan and I went up to visit her and John in Santa Barbara. Initially I kind of blew her off actually. She was zealot-like a ‘moonie’ when she was talking about a pot of beans. Rancho Gordo beans. I was like ‘whatever.’ I pretended to be interested. Wasn’t really. But then she just kept talking about the beans and how good they were and how fresh they were and how delicious...

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Mother’s Day Brunch Pt 3 – Lentil-Haricot Verts Salad

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Another huge hit this year was Jessica Montaigne’s lentil-haricot vert salad. Jessica is a personal trainer and she’s awesome. If you want to get into shape - get in touch with her. She’s also a wonderful person, cook, and mom. She’s smart, well-read, educated about the body and food, and politics AND she’s funny. She’ll do work-outs at her gym in Venice or she’ll come to your house or wherever. She also teaches yoga. She’s the best. Her email is: Here’s a photo of Jess and her adorable daughter Lily (I love Lily….) and a recipe for her salad. Lentil-Haricot Vert Salad (from Jessica Montaigne) 1 cup cooked lentils (Jess uses the vacume packed lentils from Trader...

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It’s Springtime Eat Favas

Thursday, 05 April 2012

I look forward all year to the harvest of those ephemeral fava beans and they are here right now. Fava beans are beautiful and delicious - big, plump, flavorful (although certainly a hassle to deal with that double shell thing). Try the leaves some time – they’re good too. I spent years wandering the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market wondering what to do with those big fat and sometimes ugly beans A few years ago I began experimenting with favas but the real love affair between me and these beans began when Joe McHenry from Berkeley sent me a fava bean recipe and gushed about his urban fava bean crop. I thought I’d give it a go and we’re now on year three in this Venice, California garden cranking out beautiful...

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