I like beans.
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I like beans. They’re versatile, hearty, and packed with nutrients. You’ll find many recipes here, on She Wears Many Hats, highlighting beans as the main ingredient like Black Bean Dip, Black Bean Hummus, Black-eyed Pea Cakes (The Black-Eyed Pea Cakes are out of this world – you gotta try ’em.) to name a few. You’ll find them all filed under the category The Bodacious Bean.
You can just imagine how excited I was to get an invitation from Bush’s Beans to travel to Napa for chili tasting and cooking at The Culinary Institute of America with Connie Guttersen, R.D., Ph.D., author of The Sonoma Diet.
I was tickled. Totally.
(I just hope I don’t make a fool of myself – you know I’m redneck like that.)
So late next week I’ll be flying off to beautiful Napa along with Sandy from Reluctant Entertainer (she’s got a book coming out this August – watch for it!), Aggie from Aggie’s Kitchen (yummy stuff and healthy too!), and Tina from Mommy’s Kitchen (don’t stop by there hungry – yum!). A great group of ladies cookin’ with some beans. How fun is that?
Can’t wait to share what I learn and hopefully some cool photos of the area too. Meanwhile, if you’ve yet to check out this White Bean Chicken Chili, this weekend may be the perfect time to make a batch.
Or take a look at this site from Bush’s Beans with tons of recipes and nutritional information about beans…Beans. The Vegetable With More.
I hope you have a great weekend full of tasty eats!
(So I don’t get in trouble or anything, you should know that Bush’s Beans is covering all costs for the trip – they’re cool like that.)
You are going to have the bestest time! I can’t wait to hear about it.
Beans, beans the magical fruit…
Congrats Amy – that’s awesome! Have a great time!
I was just at the culinary institute in Napa last weekend!!! You’ll love it…it’s gorgeous.
Ahh… Napa Valley… that’s gotta be a dream come true! Sooo excited for you! Can only imagine the most awesome pictures you will take while there and can hardly wait to see them. Bush’s Beans is gonna love you as much as you love their beans 🙂
Oh yeah! I like beans too! Can’t wait to meet you all out in Cali! Napa here we come! 🙂
I hope you have a wonderful time and take lots of beautiful pictures to share with all of us who have never been to California.
Congratulations! I’m very excited for you. Have a wonderful trip. Can’t wait for your pictures and tales.
Just a few days ago I printed out the White Bean Chili recipe. Looking forward to trying it.
Congratulations! That is so awesome!!
Congratulations to you!
I like beans, too.
Congratulations. Have a blast! And yes, I love beans!
do i love beans? yes. almost more than apple pie. am i jealous? absolutely. have fun, amy, and represent! 🙂
I just put some Bush’s Blackeyed Peas in my pantry from grocery shopping. I love them whenever I have something with pork.
Amy, I’m so excited for you and for me. I get to stay with the kids, who happen to be two of the sweetest kids around.
Mmmmmm – Beans are just about the best food on earth. Part of my last meal request!
I hope you have a fantastic time, Amy! Take lots of pictures 🙂 Can’t wait to hear all about it when you return.
Have blast on the trip and take lots of pictures!! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear all about it when you get home!
That is AMAZING!! Such a fantastic opportunity and so deserved! I bet YOU will teach them a thing or two!! Just love how you make that plain ole can of beans look good. You rock girl!! Cant wait to read all about it!
Funny to read your post about beans. I’ve just started cooking with beans! So far I’ve made two totally tasty recipes. Jamie Oliver has a soup on his iphone app that is awesome. And Jacques Pepin has a recipe in his Fast Food My Way cookbook with beans that is great. Although I have to say, my husband is still on the fence about all this bean business.
Have fun in Napa! Bring a raincoat and umbrella – just in case. We have a business there http://www.pollinsofnapa.com so we’re familiar with the weather.
One more thing. If you have time, go to Farmstead restaurant in St. Helena. It’s brand new and totally delish. Part of the Long Meadow Ranch Winery. Yum, yum, yum. I reviewed it on my blog.
That’s it! Bye!