Comfort Food: Hearty White Bean Soup with Winter Greens

This time of year the weather can be cold and wet here in northern California. The temperatures where I live are dipping into the thirties at night. We get frost, too. It’s the kind of weather that calls for a good bowl of soup. (Click here to see featured soup recipe.) The healthful white bean … Read more

A Cuban Black Bean Soup that Features “the Food of the Gods”

Cooler fall temps have us hankering for hearty dishes, like the black bean soup featured here. It hails from Cuba, where many locals consider black beans to be “the food of the gods.” (Click here to see the recipe.) Why are black beans thought to be the food of the gods in Cuba? “One taste … Read more

A Classic Italian Soup: Pasta e Fagioli

The classic pasta and bean soup, pasta e fagioli, is one of the best known soups in Italian cooking. It’s found all over that country, and is prepared in countless ways depending on the region or town. About the only thing the different versions have in common: They use beans and pasta. This rustic, meatless … Read more


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