Ward House

For the love of beans!

I’d love to eat more beans.  Beans and I, though, do not get along.  Well we get along, but make it difficult for me to be around other people.  Choit’s Run’s post on the Simple, Green, Frugal Co-op inspired me to try…again.  I soaked these cranberry beans a day and a half (just ’cause it started late last night), emptied the water, rinsed them and then made this.


If fresh cranberry beans are available, omit overnight soaking.
4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 small yellow onions, peeled and chopped
2 small carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
3 tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
3 tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
1 1/2 lbs. plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
2 cups dried cranberry beans, soaked overnight
1 bay leaf
3 fresh sage leaves, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery and cook until vegetables are soft, 15 minutes. Add garlic and 1 tbsp. each of parsley and basil; cook for 10 minutes.
2. Add tomatoes, cook 10 minutes more, then add beans, 4 cups water, bay leaf, and sage. Simmer soup over medium heat (adding water if necessary) until beans are very tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Add remaining parsley and basil, season with salt and pepper, and serve.
This article was first published in Saveur in Issue #21

So very tastey.  I am just said that the bread was not ready to crunch along.

With all the snow, we have gone through what we were able to cut last weekend and need more.  Thankfully Ronnie’s boss allowed him to borrow the tractor, so we were able to clear the drive and push a trail up to the wood.  Now those logs will be dragged down to where we will cut and stack.  This means I am home from work.  Stay warm.  I’ll be back!


February 12, 2010 - Posted by | Cooking, recipes | ,


  1. Stay warm, dear friend! May you have an over abundance of firewood to keep you and yours toasty :)Cheers,Jen

    Comment by Jen Chandler | February 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. ~cranberry beans…hhmmm don't know of these…on a mission to read more! warm and toasty wishes and brightest blessings~

    Comment by faerwillow | February 12, 2010 | Reply

  3. Ummm ~ That recipe sounds tasty , may have to give it a try. Hope all is well with you , how much snow have you got ?~ Many Blessings ~

    Comment by JoyceAnn | February 14, 2010 | Reply

  4. How much snow? All total proally about 36+ inches. Not all at once though the last few storms were back to back; we still had about 18" on the ground when the next 10" dropped. Another storm is due to roll through this Sunday/Monday. I have not checked to see how much is supposed to fall. Oy! =)Stay Warm!

    Comment by Annette | February 14, 2010 | Reply

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