Fast & Furious Weeknight Cooking: Simran’s Chimichurri Black Beans

chimichurri-beans

These brothy, flavorful chimichurri beans are so versatile — a tasty base for soups and stews; a hearty sidedish; or, of course, a filling for tacos, quesadillas, tortas and yes… nachos! Simran developed this recipe after enjoying a similar dish when she was in Belize and it’s our latest article for our “Fast & Furious Weeknight Cooking” series for the San Jose Mercury News. Read the article and get the recipe right here. Continue reading

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A Taste of Tuscany: Farro Soup from Lucca

Lucchese style Farro Soup - A Little Yumminess

I was excited to run across this Mark Bitman rendition of the famous farro and bean soup typical to the town of Lucca in Tuscany. My husband’s Italian side of the family happens to be from Lucca which is a beautiful medieval city with picturesque towers and equally picturesque narrow cobblestone streets. The Roman walls surrounding the city are still completely in tact and in fact, you can walk (or ride your bike) on top of the walls for a great view of the city and the surrounding landscape. It’s the kind of place that makes me wish even more than I already do, that I was even the teensiest bit Italian. Continue reading