Jonathan Duffy Davis’ Pickled Green Beans: Recipe and Method

Ingredients for pickled green beans

Most vegetables are takers but bean give back. Along with the rest of the legumes beans have formed an amazing symbiosis with nitrogen-fixing bacteria (Rhizobium). These bacteria that call the roots of legumes home are capable of taking the inert nitrogen gas (n2) that constitutes almost 80% of every breath that we take and turning it into a form of nitrogen that plants can use. Nitrogen is the most limiting nutrient to plant growth in the garden. The more nitrogen your soil contains, the better your garden will grow. Thus, beans nourish not only the gardener but the garden as well. Continue reading “Jonathan Duffy Davis’ Pickled Green Beans: Recipe and Method”

Ask and You Shall Receive: How to Prepare Cranberry Beans

Cranberry Beans from the Orange County Great Park Farmers Market
Cranberry Beans from the Orange County Great Park Farmers Market

On a recent trip to the Orange County Great Park Farmer’s Market, Evelyn and I stumbled upon a stall which had produced a great stack of beautiful, vibrant and completely fresh cranberry beans.  The 10:00 AM sun was bright and direct and shone the variegated beans in vivid glory.  I became too excited; I had seen cranberry beans in a few books and recently in Living Magazine, but to tell the truth, I’d never cooked a fresh shell bean in my life! Continue reading “Ask and You Shall Receive: How to Prepare Cranberry Beans”

Spring Farm Dinner at Fullerton Arboretum – Heirloom Bean Recipes

Spring Farm Dinner at dusk.
Fullerton Arboretum’s Spring Farm Dinner at dusk.

Last week, the Fullerton Arboretum hosted an exciting local food event, the Spring Farm Dinner. This dinner consisted of a seven course meal, paired with beer and wine, and served al fresco. Every single dish highlighted produce grow right there, in the Arboretum’s own soil. Our Localtopia frequent contributors Jonathan Duffy Davis and Jonathan Dye created and cooked the entire menu. One of the standout Arboretum-grown ingredients of the night was farmer Davis’ heirloom beans. These beans were made first into an pate appetizer and then sauteed to compliment the main course. After a number of earnest requests, Davis agreed to share his bean recipes with the world. Read on for this legume exclusive…  Continue reading “Spring Farm Dinner at Fullerton Arboretum – Heirloom Bean Recipes”