Plantfilter: What is this large flowering leafy bean plant in our yard? The plant in question (scroll down, it's an album of pics) is a large, leafy beast growing up and over our back fence in Los Angeles. [more inside]
The recipe says "2 cups dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight". Does it mean 2 cups of the beans after soaking, or before soaking? [more inside]
My lust for a Chemex has finally been sated with my birthday this week. Please help me optimise my coffee production from this wonderful piece of apparatus. [more inside]
When you tell me the answer, I will likely nut-punch myself for forgetting it. I can play this damned song on the fiddle, yet can't remember it's name. From like :30-1:38 here. And I know the name of the third reel as well. Little help?
Before I cook dried beans I sort through them usually finding and discarding a clod of dirt, a small stone, or a moldy bean. I have never found a stone in a can of canned beans. Are the canned bean manufacturers sorting the beans before canning? If they are, why can't they use that technology to clean the beans that are sold dried? The tedious sorting keeps me from cooking beans from scratch as often as I'd like.
What are your favorite Fairway coffee beans? We shop at Fairway regularly, like their coffee but haven't settled into a handful of favorite choices. Opinions?
I want to like beans, but the texture is generally too mushy or mealy. What are some recipes that get around this? [more inside]
Whole Vanilla - what can I do with whole vanilla pods (beans) etc? My sister, who had been living in Mexico just brought me back 10 - 14 whole vanilla beans (they are in plastic so not sure exact number). What wonderful, delicious, useful or creative things can I do with them? [more inside]
Cuckoo kitty craves coffeebean crunch. Concerns? [more inside]
What do I do with dried black eyed peas? [more inside]
I recall eating a meal in Italy that I THINK was just rice, canned tuna, and white beans drizzled in olive oil. Is this a real "dish"? I've put those four ingredients together and it doesn't taste the same. And it's a really monochromatic meal. Anyone have any thoughts on the "real" dish, or if not, how to spice up the one I remember? It was in Parma.
GiftFilter: Where can I buy high quality beans for an espresso lover in Silicon Valley? [more inside]
Help me find my favorite bean in upstate NY... I'm hungry! [more inside]