Posts Tagged ‘hearty’

Customized Minestrone

As lemonade is to a hot summer day, so is a piping hot bowl of soup in the middle of January. And one of our favourite all-time soups is minestrone. One of the reasons it is our favourites is because of the multitude of varieties and variations on this beloved classic. Indeed, ask twenty nonnas for their recipe and you are likely to get twenty different recipes, and that is really what makes it so wonderful. Continue »



Sufferin’ Succotash

Lima beans have been a part of our diet for a few years now, about 4,000 years actually, so it is no surprise to see this wonderful legume popping up more and more these days, especially with the recent emphasis on low-fat and gluten-free foods.

It is always interesting to note how trade, commerce and imperialism have influenced the diets of peoples around the world, and Lima beans are no exception. This stalwart little bean was a staple of the people of South America for eons, domesticated by the Andeans long before they were cultivated for use in Europe and North America. Continue »



A Hearty Winter Meal

The January winds are howling, the mercury is huddled under the zero degree mark and the last of the turkey leftovers have been souped, sandwiched and a la kinged. It is time to bring out our favorite cooking vessel for a pottage of beans, the Dutch oven. Put the oven on, maybe for most of the day, warm up the kitchen and make a big batch of molasses baked beans with Maritime molasses and oatmeal bread. Continue »