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For the Beans Around the World Contest / Category: Cool Beans - This combination of raw ingredients makes a colorful, nutrient-dense dish. Garbanzo beans star as the protein source, and the other ingredients add the perfect balance of crunch and tang. A bowl of this salad makes a great side dish or the perfect afternoon snack.
I studied the ruins at Chichen Itza during college and so was more than thrilled to visit it in person, back in the day when people were allowed to climb the ruins. This Mayan stepped pyramid, El Castillo, features a serpent at the base of the staircase. Twice a year, the sun casts a shadow of the steps perfectly onto the staircase wall, making the serpent appear to come alive. I decided that if the serpent only "lives" on those two days, he must be hungry! Since the pyramid steps reminded me of a taco holder, I thought I'd feed the serpent tacos. The recipe is based on a pinto bean and squash stew that we ate at a traditional Yucatan dinner as part of our bus ride to the ruins. The serpent won't go hungry on my watch!
BEANS AROUND THE WORLD CONTEST
Navy bean soup with mom’s special touch—drop homemade noodles. I will be making that today. Wish you were here, but since you are not, let me tell you how my mom made it. Sorry I do not have measurements, mom knew how to guess.
Drain beans, rinse, add to big pan, and soak in water overnight.
The next morning, drain beans again, return to same pot, cover with water, and add pork butt if desired. I use beef broth instead.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook 3–4 hours until beans are tender. Keep watch because you may need to add more liquid.
Prepare noodles by mixing flour, eggs and enough water to make a soft dough. Drop by the spoonful into the boiling bean soup. Cook approximately 10 minutes, uncovered until noodles are cooked through and slightly firm.
Serve with white bread or cornbread (and ketchup if you dare—I choose not to—sorry Mom!)
Especially good on a cold, wet, dreary day, but actually good anytime!
I grew up in England and moved to the USA 12 years ago, one of the things I miss the most is this simple British staple of Heinz baked beans on toast. My mum would make it for me with toasted thick white bread, a generous spread of rich butter and smothered in Heinz hot baked beans, them she would grate sharp cheddar cheese on top and a little black pepper. Comfort food at its best. No matter where in the World I travel, it always feels like I’m home when I make this simple warming dish. It should be noted, they don’t sell Heinz brand baked beans in stores in the USA, so my friends know to bring me a can from the UK when they visit!
The Great Northern bean soup was always my father's favorite. I think it reminded him of his midwestern roots. I wanted to share this recipe (modified as a vegetarian version) and honor the farmers and that grow our food and the story of where it comes from. This scene harkens to those sweeping fields of beans grown in the heartland of America.
I love Cuban music, Cuban dancing and all of the Cuban food that I have tried to date. So, I was more than happy when a Latin American restaurant opened in town, where I first ate black bean cakes. In keeping with the Cuban theme, since I have made savory pies with a toasted rice crust that I think is delicious, I decided to serve the corn salsa in a baked rice rowboat. Just don't ask me to dance the salsa...despite lessons taken at the local college, it isn't pretty!