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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Beans, Beans, Beans, It's

National Bean Day | January 6th

That’s right you “Old Beans,” National Bean Day has finally arrived! “What’s all the hullabaloo”, you might wonder. Well first off, how do you like my National Bean Day logo??? Personally, I think it turned out pretty darn cool! Not perfect but most definitely cool. I think I’ll give myself a congratulatory tap on the beanie, lol…

“Old bean” is a classic British familiar form of address, roughly equivalent to an American’s greeting of “buddy,” “pal” “friend,” or, at least lately, “dude.” It doesn’t actually mean anything, although to American ears it certainly sounds slightly odd.”
It seems the term “old bean” is long forgotten. I kinda like it. The Word Detective has a bean pot full of beanie metaphors:) Whoops, I spilled the beans…

Seriously, beans are pellets of “nutrition, economy and versatility.” That’s according to the California Dry Bean Advisory Board in the cookbook I’m going to share with you today aptly titled Beans, Beans, Beans

Dry Bean Arithmetic

Back to the hullabaloo. Well, as luck would have it, while I was climbing some stalks of research for today, via google of course, I learned that in 2013 the United Nations declared 2016 would be the International Year of Pulses! You educators out there may want to check out the Great School Lunch Contest. As for us mere mortals, we missed the Pulse Feast which is going on all day today but, I have a feeling there will be more celebrating all over the world through-out the year.

International Year of Pulses 2016
Pulses are annual leguminous crops yielding between one and 12 grains or seeds of variable size, shape and color within a pod, used for both food and feed. The term “pulses” is limited to crops harvested solely for dry grain, thereby excluding crops harvested green for food, which are classified as vegetable crops, as well as those crops used mainly for oil extraction and leguminous crops that are used exclusively for sowing purposes (based on the definition of “pulses and derived products” of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).

I always get confused trying to decipher the difference between Pulse vs. Legume What is the Difference?

Okay, now that we have that all figured out, time for the soaking of your beans:)

Bean Soaking Methods

Do you remember these?

Black Bean Brownies

Those are the scrumptious Black Bean Brownies I shared for Brownie Day. I’ve since become quite fascinated with beanie desserts. (no, I wasn’t much of a beanie baby aficionado:)

I’m so infatuated by the notion of delectable beanie treats, I’m making it my resolution to bake up these Blueberry Bean Muffins before year’s end.

Blueberry Bean Muffins

Just out of curiosity, I may whip up some Creamed Lima Beans also. They sound rather dessert like, don’t you think? And anyway, the recipe is celebrating its Centennial anniversary!

Creamed Lima Beans circa 1916

I had to resist mentioning the long forgotten "Boston Strawberry" in this post. I figured I’d have plenty of time to post about Baked Beans for National Baked Bean Month in July. However, in case you’re ever at loss for Dishes to Serve with Baked Beans, you’re not the only one as you can see from this recipe inquiry in the January 1916 issue of American Cookery Magazine.

Dishes to Serve with Baked beans

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that today is the day the acclaimed "Queen of Creole Cuisine," Leah Chase was born in 1923. I dedicated a post to her way back in 2010. How ‘bout a bowl of New Orleans Red Beans to celebrate?

New Orleans Red Beans Leah Chase

Thank you all for spending National Bean Day with me. I’ll be around to visit your tasty blogs in the next couple of days. Just in case I missed anyone, Happy New Year!!! I’ll be back here next Wednesday:)

Resources
1. 5 Health Benefits of Beans—and 5 Surprising Risks
2. Leah Chase: Down Home Healthy

41 comments:

  1. Hi Louise! Yay I get to be the first to say something 😀
    Happy Beanie Day and a very Happy New Year! I miss my blogging days but I try to hop into yours as often as I can to see what you have up yr sleeves 😀

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    1. You are always welcome Jenn. It's wonderful to "see" you! Just a couple of beans up my sleeve this time, lol...

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  2. happy bean day lousie - how exciting the UN is recognising beans - I confess to using pulse and legumes interchangably but I love them - though I am still a bit challenged in baking with them and condensed milk with lima beans sound very odd but makes me curious. Have a fun day, old bean :-) (I like that term too)

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    1. Thanks Johanna. Appartently the International Year of Pulse has been in the works for a couple of years. I agree, it's about time, lol...

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  3. What a fantastic post. I love beans!
    I love the information. I have a cookbook making desserts with beans, but I have not cooked or rather baked from it yet - need to remedy that as I am curious about Black Bean Brownies.
    PS I shall have to blog a beany recipe tonight.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Shaheen! You really should try a black bean brownie recipe. They are surprisingly delicious and oh so fudgie to, lol...

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  4. Hi Louise --
    Fantastic collection of information here!

    Your choice of a Leah Chase recipe is great. She was interviewed extensively as a source for the Disney Princess from New Orleans!

    All those recipes for sweet-type beans remind me that in Japan & Hong Kong, red bean filling appears in sweet pastry -- you've probably seen these buns as a Dim Sum choice. Our Japanese foreign student was jarred when she saw red beans in a bowl of chili, which for her was an utterly incompatible combo. But if you think about it, many types of beans ARE quite sweet. Tastes vary!

    best... mae from maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm delighted you enjoyed this post, Mae. Tastes sure do vary, Mae. I have seen red bean fillings used in sweet pastries. One day I would LOVE to try making my own! Thank you so much for insight and of course for visiting...

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  5. Oh Louise , what a great post about beans , as you know we had blackeyed peas on New year and other tradition stuff .
    Lots of information about beans , the desserts I am curious off and will try them soon .
    Glad to see you back , I will be back soon , have to help out in HR , lot of employees are out sick . Keep wiggling those toes and hugs to you and Marion ..... Nee :)

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    1. What a wonderful surprise to "see" you Nee! I had a feeling you had "stuff" going on. Can't wait to "see" you again! Wiggling those toes like crazy!!!

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  6. Happy Bean Day! Cool logo -- lots of fun. Had a bean soup last night; will need to do another today to celebrate. :-) Or maybe New Orleans red beans -- haven't had that dish in ages. Fun read -- thanks.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it John and that you're celebrating beans "in style."

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  7. Thanks for the informative post about beans. So good for us but I don't eat enough of It. I love hummus so much and like chilli, large lima beans casserole. I eat brown beans but it's never been a favourite of mine.
    When I was a kids, we ate brown beans for breakfast often because it was so cheap.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. I'm a huge hummus fan myself, Julia. As for the others, I'm slowly adding them to my diet:) Thanks so much for dropping by...

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  8. Happy Bean Day! Trader Joe's used to carry jars of giant white beans in tomato sauce that I loved soooo much. Whenever I think of beans, I miss them. I've been hitting Greek sections of grocery stores trying to find a suitable replacement.

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    1. Such excitement for beans, Poppy. I better check my Trader Joe's. You never know, sometimes they go seasonal!

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  9. We are still working on the black-eyed peas that I cooked for New Year's Day! Our favorite is cranberry beans, though I do love limas! -xo Nellie

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  10. I really do like your bean logo…very impressed with your skill. My husband and I eat beans often…they are not only good tasting and good for you but also provide an economical meal.

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  11. Your Bean Logo turned out great! My hubster despises beans, doubtless because his Massachusetts relatives shoved them down his throat at every meal. But I still think your bean brownies looked wonderful, and the Bean Blueberry Muffin recipe sounds intriguing. Happy New Year (again, I think).

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  12. Happy New Year, Louise and Marion!!
    Thank you for this post. I love the bean information and the chart. I’m looking forward to trying a bean dessert. The Black Bean Brownies look fantastic!!
    All the best in 2016,
    Hugs - Margaret

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  13. I just made navy bean and ham soup last night for dinner - perfect timing I guess!

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  14. Thanks for keeping us up to date with the food holidays! My hubby uses the term "old bean" on occasion---makes me giggle! Enjoy your weekend.

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  15. Hey Louise, I'm not a big fan of beans but your post makes me wanna revisit Mr Bean again. Hahaha! Those desserts certainly look good, my dear! xoxo

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  16. Just one more bean story in the New York Times this week: there's a bean variety named after Marcella Hazan --
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/06/dining/marcella-hazan-rancho-gordo-beans.html

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Excellent article Mae! Thank you so much for sharing it. I have read many good reviews on Rancho Gordo. To think Mr. Sando carried through with naming a delectable bean after Marcella Hazen is not only a touching story, but also a tribute to the simplicity of a good heirloom bean. BTW, my grandmother always enjoyed her beans with just a touch of olive oil too. Thanks again, Mae...

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  17. Happy Bean Day!! I love beans and eat them quite often in soups. Yes, I think that your National Bean logo is super cool! Great post!!

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  18. Oh ! Happy Bean Day, Lousie ^-^!
    I love beans, especially baked beans but not Mr Bean lol.
    Have a great weekend!

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  19. Happy Bean Day, Louise! Somehow "Mr Bean" keep creeping up in my head! LOL!
    I should be eating more beans!
    Have a lovely weekend!

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  20. Dear Louise,
    Happy Bean Day ! Better late than never! Love this post and so glad that you are back. Sorry that it took some time to write to you, as I am writing to you from the rehab where my mom is. She is still here but it is such a slow progress. Thanks again for Sharing your fun and so much info. Love that Brownie...Dottie.... Have a great weekend....




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  21. hi louise! sorry for not dropping by earlier..infact i was quite surprised when i saw your message bcos you hv been away for a while ..hope everything's good . Happy New year to you and Marion! i mostly eat beans in the form of dessert soup, chinese dessert. A very famous chinese dessert we call red bean soup. We soaked the beans overnight and the next day just boil with water and sugar but it does take some skills to cook a nice red bean soup. As for the beans that you guys in the west eat, i get very confused with lima, pinto, cannelili...etc...LOL!

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  22. Dear Louise Im so happy to see you again!!
    I love garbanzos beans!!
    Love these recipes, I have to see in a moment! xoxoxoxox

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  23. I hadn't thought about beans having so much significance and having their own national day! I love the look of your beanie brownie and I think the muffins are a great idea. xx

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  24. Hi Louise, learned so many things reading this post, love that you are posting again, missed you!!! Happy New Year!

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  25. Love this post, especially the black bean brownies. You are always a fount of knowledge! Happy New Year!

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  26. Louise! I am so sorry I haven't been able to visit you sooner and return the festive well wishes. I hope you and your beautiful family had a lovely Holiday break. BTW I love beans, I especially love your logo. It seriously turned out amazing! I struggle with soaking times and such, mostly because I constantly forgot to soak them overnight. I don't mind the canned variety but I never end up using a full can and find it goes to waste too quickly. Dry is obviously the better option but I am just too lazy!

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  27. Beans are nice. Such a great source of protein. I like a good hearty bean stew.

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  28. Hello Louise! I am pleased to see you are back on your blog again!
    I hope you had a good start of the new year. This is a good time to celebrate beans. I put them in soups usually and they add so much taste to it and they are so nutritious! Have a good rest of the week xx

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  29. I haven't met a bean I didn't like and we just had lima beans last night. This is great bean love here, Louise! Happy Belated Bean Day!

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  30. Hi Louise,

    Happy 2016! Hope that 2016 will be a great year for you and me and our families :D

    I love beans and love baking brownies with beans too. They make brownies extra moist :D

    Zoe

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  31. Wow I love the Black Bean Brownies. They look delicious. I need to give them a try:)

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  32. I do not remember the black bean brownies but they sure look good! What a great idea for making them healthier!

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