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Meet our Featured Food Blogger Jaclyn Bell!

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If you’re looking for recipes to inspire your breakfasts, dinners, and beyond, you must bookmark the Cooking Classy site! Jaclyn Bell is a young wife and mother who started her blog to share her love of good food and to perfect her photography and writing skills. This self-taught cook and photographer loves comfort food such as pizza and enchiladas. Taking a stroll through her recipe library is like looking at a beautiful cookbook — it just makes you want to get in the kitchen and start cooking! Try her 7-Layer Dip, Three Bean Salad, Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Lime Crema, or her Bean and Bacon Soup … and that’s just to get started. This delicious Kale White Bean and Sausage Soup is perfect for autumn’s colder weather.

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photo courtesy of Cooking Classy

Kale White Bean and Sausage Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces beef Polska Kielbasa Sausage, sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices (I used Hillshire Farm and really liked it)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots (about 3)
  • 1 1/3 cups chopped yellow onion (1 medium)
  • 1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 (14.5-ounce) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 ounces kale, thick ribs removed, chopped (about 1 1/2 bunches, or 5 ounces if using pre-cut kale)
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • Shredded parmesan cheese, for serving

Check out this link for the rest of the recipe.

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Meet Meggan Hill of Culinary Hill!

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Meggan Hill, a native of Wisconsin, is the creator of the blog Culinary Hill. Meggan believes food is love, and there is nothing more she loves to do than spread the love by cooking for her family and friends. She has an interesting modern take on traditional Midwestern food, the kind of comfort food that never gets old.   Her website has an amazing variety of recipes and so many great bean recipes! Meggan’s photographs on Instagram will inspire you to get in the kitchen and cook something for your family and friends and share the love.

Slow Cooker Calico Beans

photo courtesy of Meggan Hill

photo courtesy of Meggan Hill

Slow Cooker Pasta and Bean Soup

photo courtesy of Meggan Hill

photo courtesy of Meggan Hill

Spicy Chickpea Salad Sandwich

photo courtesy of Meggan Hill

photo courtesy of Meggan Hill

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Meet Allie & Dan of Love and Risotto!

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Newlyweds Allie and Dan love to relax after work by creating and cooking delicious dishes together and sharing them on their blog Love and Risotto. Allie is a farmer’s daughter. In fact, she’s a BEAN farmer’s daughter! Her dad, Dave Richter grows beans in Knights Landing in Yolo County. Dave also serves on the California Dry Bean Advisory Board, so Allie and Dan cook a lot of beans! Their blog is entertaining, funny and filled with wonderful recipes and amazing photos of their perfected dishes that they hope will inspire you in your kitchen. Allie and Dan share some of their amazing bean dishes with California Beans!

Easy Black Bean Burger

Black Bean burger Featured

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Cheesy Artichoke Bean Dip

Artichoke Bean Dip Featured

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Skillet Tamale Pie

Tamale Pie Featured

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Buffalo Hummus Pitas

Buffalo Hummus Featured

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Meatless Bean Meatballs

Meatless Bean Meatballs Featured

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Meet our Featured Food Bloggers Melissa & Marcus King of My Whole Food Life!

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marcusMelissa and Marcus King are the cooking and creative duo behind My Whole Food Life website. Melissa is the creator, photographer and primary writer for the website and Marcus creates a lot of the savory dishes for My Whole Food Life and manages the site. Their passion is creating homemade healthy versions of unhealthy food so that others can create a healthier lifestyle. Do yourself a favor and follow them on their social media to find such great recipes as Healthy Kidney Bean Pasta, Healthy Burrito Bowl, Roasted Vegetable Hummus Pizza and so much more! Melissa has written two cookbooks: Easy.Whole.Vegan:100 Flavor-Packed, No Stress Recipes for Busy Families and DIY Nut Milks, Nut Butters, and more: From Almonds to Walnuts. Melissa and Marcus have graciously agreed to share their delicious recipe for Mexican Rice that Marcus created.

photo courtesy of My Whole Food Life

photo courtesy of My Whole Food Life

 Mexican Rice
Courtesy of My Whole Food Life
Yields 4-5 servings

Ingredients:
3 cups cooked pinto beans
3 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa
2 cups diced tomatoes
1/2 a yellow onion, diced
2 chili peppers, chopped
2 cups corn (we used fresh from the ears, but frozen will work   too)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
Sea salt to taste

Instructions:
Sauté peppers, onions, and garlic 3 to 5 minutes on medium high in a teaspoon of oil.

As they begin to soften, add the tomatoes and beans and let simmer on medium-low for 5 to 7 minutes.

Add the spices and rice and reduce heat to low and let simmer for another 5 minutes and remove from heat.

Serve immediately.

Notes:
This should last a week in the fridge. Enjoy.

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Meet our “Bean Sack” Blog contributor Marilyn Sarasqueta!

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Before I was a wife and mother I was a farmer’s daughter.  My dad, grandfather and uncle started out growing dry land Lima beans in the Los Angeles area of California.

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My grandfather Federico Beltran is the one on the left.  This was taken in the Baldwin Hills area.  They were taking the Lima bean vines to the stationary harvester for threshing.

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This is my dad Fred Beltran with his mule team working ground in Southern California.

When the farmland in Southern California was sprouting more houses than beans the family moved to Crows Landing and the irrigated lands of the Central Valley.

Growing up in a small farming town (Crows Landing, CA.) meant that most, if not all of my friends parents were in some way connected to agriculture. None of us had dads that wore suits to work or worked in an office.   That concept was completely foreign to me.  My dad worked long hours, but those hours were flexible. Because of that he rarely missed school events or sporting events when we were participating. We got to see our dad at work everyday and everyday was a “take your child to work day”. I used to love riding around in the pickup with my dad to check the irrigation water and riding in the big bean truck to deliver the Lima beans to the warehouse at harvest.  I really tried to like hoeing weeds in the bean fields when I was a kid, but I complained so much that for his piece of mind my dad thought it was better if I helped mom at home.  I learned to make an awesome fried egg and bacon sandwich that I would take to my dad and brothers when they were cutting beans early in the morning before harvest.  Almost all of my male cousins that lived in the city came to work on the farm in the summer and they must have liked it because they kept coming back.

I cherish those days and memories. Although no one in my family directly grows beans any longer, my brother is a bean broker and my husband works for a major crop protection company.  The majority of my farmer friends are bean growers.

Per our first introductory blog, I will primarily be blogging about the 4 major bean varieties grown in California, large and baby Limas, garbanzos and black eyes.  I will also be blogging about light and dark red kidneys, cranberries, pinks, black beans, pintos, small reds, navy, great northerns and small white varieties of beans.  I will be providing recipes, cooking methods, storage tips, nutritional and other information about beans.  You will also be meeting many of the California farmers that grow this important crop, which is so vital to our good health! I am looking forward to this new adventure in my life as “California Bean Blogger!”

I will always be a farmer’s daughter and so very proud of that title!

-Marilyn

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