I Believe in the Bean

If you’ve read much of this blog, you know that I’m a big fan of beans.

I like all kinds of beans — soupy black beans with garlicky, citrussy Cuban food (that’s the next post, so stay tuned), earthy borlotti beans from Italy (see two posts back), big meaty faba Asturiana beans from Spain, delicate and floral flageolets from France, fermented Chinese black beans, edamame, Mexican pinto beans…

Today I’m writing — or actually talking — about cannellini beans. In the following video, I’ve cooked a pot of these versatile beans, and prepared them four different ways… so you get an idea of how easy they are to make, and how many different things you can do with them. Of these four preparations, I’ve created two in an Italian style, one Spanish and one French. All take no more than a few minutes to make, once you’ve actually cooked the beans. You can even cook a big batch of beans and keep them in the fridge for a week or so, and make different bean dishes on different nights. Enjoy!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. paul
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 22:46:31

    From one has bean to another . . . beans are the best!


  2. Andrea Thompson
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 23:01:27

    I have never gotten beans incorporated into my repertoire of cooking and recipes and it bums me out because they ARE so yummy and so nutritious. Dude, do you know of any bean training type cookbook? (B-day idea!!)


  3. Lisa Gaskin
    Oct 13, 2010 @ 01:27:30

    you look just like me in this video…I saw myself in you. Do you read these? Italian white beans are also my favorite! I hate anchovies however… 😉


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