All posts filed under: Dried Beans

Under Pressure – Crowder Pea Shellies & Dried Beans

 Another Test on the Cook’sEssentials 4.5 Qt Microwave Pressure Cooker I remember long, hot, late Autumn afternoons, when the lawns have had their last cut, the drying grass  filling the air with such a deep herbal sweetness. I remember visits to my grandparents, sitting on Evelyn’s screened porch, shelling beans and peas… which is an art. There’s a considerable difference between fresh beans and shellies. While a fresh bean can be wickered apart by snapping or with some quick thumb work with a pairing knife, shellies have to be… well, shelled. The long tough side strings have to be removed, a deft thumb employed to separate the casing, then re-positioning said thumb to push through the drying gauntlet; freeing the more than slightly matured beans as you go. For Evelyn and my great grandmother, it was second nature. They’d talk and gossip, all the while casings flying apart and shelled beans dropped efficiently into a pot in their lap. Me?… not so much. Either the strings wouldn’t release, or the casings cracked and broke, or I’d …

The Sandwich Diaries – Beans on Toast

While it’s not a traditional sandwich in the sense that a Reuben or a Club is a sandwich – meat or goodies slapped between 2 or more slices of heaven – but, IF we’re going to consider open faced thingys like a Hot Brown or a Tuna Melt one, then it has to apply to Beans on Toast as well. And no… there’s no real mystery here, it’s pork and beans  – – – on toast. Back about a month ago, Marx Foods had a quick down and dirty little contest on their Facebook page to guess what a particular flower was: it’s a potato flower I guessed right, and for that, Marx Foods sent me a little goody bag of pantry staples as the prize. In it, I got some of these: They’re Mayacoba Beans – Also known as Canary beans, Mayacobas are a pale yellow, dense meat with a thin skin, which makes them a perfect candidate for slow cooking. Their other outstanding quality is that they contain none of the voluminous gas producing qualities of any …

Curb Market Crawl – Stuff in a Bag

Last Week I realized I let myself get low on some rather important supplies. So Thursday I placed a call to my supplier and told him what I would be needing and arranged to pick it up on Saturday. He spotted me as soon as I walked in, and the conversation went something like this: “You know that stuff you wanted… I got it for you” “Yeah?” “Yeah, it’s under the counter in that paper bag. Mikey, grab that bag for this guy – It’s some stuff I’m holdin for him.” Mikey looks at me kinda curiously and says, “What is it?” “Never you mind. Just put it on the counter for him…. I’ll ring him up.” He looks at me a little sideways,  “You know, everybody’s almost out. You’re lucky I could get a hold of any that wasn’t all trash.” “So it’s good stuff?… no rocks and crap?” “Na, I checked out all the bags, they’re clean.” “Cool. Whadda I owe you this time?” “Three-fifty a bag, cause you know… it was kinda hard to …