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:)

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