Weekend Eats (and Drinks)

cranberry beans

We had a very small harvest of homegrown cranberry beans this year, so I had to supplement them with some from the Greenmarket.

Dinner:  September 8, 2007

Grilled pork chops with anchovies and swiss chard from the August issue of Food and Wine – a wonderful preparation beautifully executed by my husband.

weekend wines

We drank the Millbrook with burgers on Friday night; the Paumanok was a delicious pairing with our pork chops.


A Big Rainbow tomato, fresh from the garden and still warm from the sun.


Obviously, not dinner. The sandwich was so good I couldn’t resist posting it.

3 thoughts on “Weekend Eats (and Drinks)

  1. Sally says:

    Hello, Jennifer

    your blog is spectacular, just found it a couple of weeks ago….

    Your beans, did you use a pressure cooker to make them? I am just wondering, do they require several hours of soaking too? I have a hard time fitting beans in my weeknight cooking, and was curious about your recipe. I’ve never cooked this kind of beans, normally I go for black or red beans

    THank you!

  2. Jennifer Hess says:

    Thanks, Sally, and welcome!

    These beans were fresh cranberry beans, so they only took about half an hour to cook after shelling. I sauteed a little diced onion in olive oil, added a teaspoon or so of tomato paste and stirred that through, added the beans (about a cup), a few large fresh sage leaves and a couple of cups of water, then brought them to a boil. Once they came to a boil I turned the heat down and allowed them to simmer until tender. I salted them right before serving so they wouldn’t get tough.

    I do rely a lot on canned beans (drained and rinsed well) for weeknight cooking, but I have also used the quick soak method for dried beans where you bring them to a boil and let them sit in their water for an hour before proceeding with your recipe.

  3. SallyBR says:

    THank you!

    I wish I could find fresh cranberry beans, they look gorgeous

    well, now on to read your new post on rice and beans (I do have buthanese rice on my pantry and the post comes with perfect timing… 🙂

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