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Bean Salads from the Minimalist

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The Minimalist gets right down to it. I told you already how much I like his book, The Minimalist Cooks At Home. But the recipe today is from the NY Times:

Bean Salads

2 cups dried beans, split peas or lentils, sorted
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or lemon juice, more to taste
2 to 4 tablespoons minced red onion or shallot
Salt and ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped parsley.

1. Rinse beans, then place in a pot with water to cover by a couple of inches; bring to a boil, partly cover and simmer until tender, from 30 minutes (lentils) to as long as 2 hours or more (chickpeas and larger beans). While beans cook, stir red wine vinegar and onion together in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir in olive oil.

2. Cook beans until just tender, before their skins split. Drain. While still hot, add them to bowl with dressing. Toss gently until coated.

3. Let cool to room temperature (or refrigerate), stirring once or twice. Stir in parsley just before serving. Adjust seasoning if necessary.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.


Italian Style Use cannellini or cranberry beans. Season vinegar with 1 tablespoon minced garlic and 1 teaspoon minced rosemary in addition to onions. For a milder taste, use white wine vinegar. If you have basil and you will serve salad right away, use 1/4 cup in place of rosemary.

French Style Use Le Puy lentils or flageolet beans. Use sherry vinegar instead of red wine vinegar. Replace red onion with thinly sliced shallots. Instead of parsley, stir in 2 tablespoons minced tarragon before serving.

Greek Style Use dried fava or gigante beans. Use fresh lemon juice, not vinegar. Add 1 tablespoon minced garlic, along with onions. Instead of parsley, finish with 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint.

Japanese Style Use edamame or adzuki beans. Substitute rice wine vinegar for red wine vinegar and grapeseed or corn oil for olive oil. Instead of parsley, finish with 1 sheet nori, toasted and crumbled.

Indian Style Use chickpeas. Use rice wine vinegar and 2 to 4 tablespoons minced or grated fresh ginger instead of red onion or shallot. Instead of olive oil, use 2 tablespoons peanut oil and 2 tablespoons coconut milk. Use cilantro instead of parsley.

Texas Caviar Use black-eyed peas. Use lime juice instead of red wine vinegar. When adding onions, add 1 clove minced garlic, 1/4 cup minced red bell pepper and minced jalapeño chili to taste. Use cilantro instead of parsley.

Written by Leisureguy

20 June 2007 at 1:36 pm

Posted in Food, Recipes

Interesting idea: a city with no advertising signs

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São Paulo, Brazil, has banned all [outdoor? not clear] advertising signs. It really changes the look of the city. The regulation makes enforcement simple: no exceptions—“Is it advertising? It’s illegal.” Take a look at the result.

Written by Leisureguy

20 June 2007 at 9:05 am

Posted in Business, Government

X1 desktop search

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Recommended by James Fallows, who (in my experience) knows what he’s talking about:

I prefer another program to keep track of email, Word files, PDFs, music files, photos, and everything else on my own computer. That is X1, free at which I’ve used for years and praised several times before in print. In my experience, it’s faster and more flexible, with (to me) a better interface, than either Microsoft’s or Google’s comparable disk-search systems. It sometimes crashes under Vista, but it starts up again with little delay and no data loss.

The free version is not evident. Here’s the deal. Download the evaluation copy, which gives you full capabilities for 30 days. After 30 days, it will no longer do network searches, but if you’re a personal user, it will do everything fine on your own computer, and (Josh in X1 sales tells me) you’re welcome to continue using it as a personal user, paying nothing. Support for such users is through an on-line forum, not phone support, which seems reasonable.

I myself am in no hurry whatsoever to move to Vista. In fact, I’m avoiding it as long as I can.

Written by Leisureguy

20 June 2007 at 8:08 am

Posted in Software

Geo. F. Trumper Almond

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Continuing the Almond theme, I used Geo. F. Trumper Almond shaving soap this morning. I think D.R. Harris shaving soap is better as a shaving soap, but Trumper gets the nod for fragrance. The G.B. Kent BK4 made a good lather, and the Gillette NEW whisked it and the stubble away. Aqua Velva for the aftershave. Extremely good shave, done briskly: the cleaning ladies are coming! Must rush about!

Written by Leisureguy

20 June 2007 at 6:30 am

Posted in Shaving

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