What the Hell are Cranberry Beans?

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I love how the farmer’s market changes with the season. Strolling through the market, I discovered beans upon beans. The ones that caught my eye were these pale red streaked pods which yield white beans blotched with the same red color. My culinary curiosity got the best of me and I plucked a pound into a bag. The gentleman smiled and said, “Those are popular but the beans actually have nothing to do with cranberries, they have a nice nutty flavor. So, think Italian when you cook em, and know they will lose their beautiful color”. With that knowledge, I present you with what I like to call Winter Ragu. Bon Appétit.

  • 1 pound of cranberry beans
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 slices of pork belly (yes, use bacon if you have it)
  • 1 teaspoon bacon drippings
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 stem of fresh rosemary
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 scotch bonnet red pepper
  • Herb’n Farm Pike Place Herb

Directions: Heat the oven 350 and line a baking tray with baking paper. Stand the belly pork pieces skin-side up on the tray and roast for 20 minutes. In a food processor pulse onion, garlic, and scotch bonnet pepper (this is your mirepoix). Drain off excess grease from pork belly into Dutch oven and stir in mirepoix, cooking two to three minutes until onions are translucent and fragrant. Add in beans, chicken broth, and Pike Place Herbs. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the beans begin to swell, 20 to 25 minutes. Uncover and add rosemary, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Adjust seasonings and continue cooking beans until the liquid reduces and beans are tender, five to 10 more minutes. Serve with pork belly slices.

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Verdict: I would buy these beans again.

 

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Showers , Bath and Beauty Products

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Over the summer, sitting on the beach in a tropical paradise with Abby reading one of my favorite magazines (Entrepreneur), I discovered Shop Miss A. As the two of us sipped tropical drinks and scrolled through the website, we were skeptical of the amazing cheap prices. Please don’t be skeptical- my order arrived intact ( full disclosure my second order did take two weeks to arrive.) The bath bombs are amazing and did not turn my tub a different hue. They also leave my bathroom with a light pleasant scent, as I have displayed them in a glass hurricane. This led us to ask each other “What beauty or bath product do you gladly splurge on?”

I knew if could only have one product, it would be good quality soap (in my world this is a beauty product. I am not big on makeup and I like my skin hydrated). My love of soap comes out the dark days of my childhood. One of many poignant journal entries: “Nobody was home, taking a shower. Who wants to share dirty water out that jar that’s so nasty? Soon as I cut the water on she busted in (biological grandmother) screaming ‘I know your little ass isn’t in here taking a shower running up my water bill? We don’t shower we take wash-ups’ She pushed the dirty jar of water at me dipped in a towel and rubbed it with a bar of soap and thrust it in my face. ‘Here wash-up and if you need to rinse that towel dip in there and don’t you dare cut my damn water back on unless you want an ass whooping.’ Ugh I hate that crazy woman.” Entries like that have clearly shed light on why I love showers and bath and beauty products. What beauty product do you gladly splurge on? How did you come to love them? Do you have a favorite bath, body, or cosmetic store I should be checking out? Have you tried Shop Miss A?

 

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Rather than worry about how your body should look, focus on how you want it to feel.


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Spiritual truth is not something elaborate and esoteric, it is in fact profound common sense. When you realize the nature of mind, layers of confusion peel away. You don’t actually “become” a Buddha, you simply cease slowly, to be deluded. And being a Buddha is not being omnipotent spiritual superman, but becoming as last true human being.


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