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10 Jan

8684898607_08fbb6e352Greetings wonderful readers,

Our blog will be moving, and your subscription will be coming along with us.

However, if you are simply a “follower” but do not receive our posts in your email (and would like to!), please subscribe to our new blog site: – scroll to the bottom and you will see a subscriptions option.

Thank you all for your continued support and love for all things Butter Beans,  I am looking forward to sharing and connecting with you on our new site!

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kid tested cranberry chutney

25 Nov

IMG_0175Our Thanksgiving cooking class recipe revolved around seasonal fruit like cranberries, apples and pears.

They loved it!

We created a vibrant and fall colored quinoa salad, and to go alongside it, we simmered down a delicious cranberry chutney. A perfect delight for the senses!

Here’s to celebrating the fall harvest, spending time with family and friends, savoring good food, making memories, and giving back to those who need it the most.

Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: ~60 minutes


  • 1 c. cranberries
  • 2 c. apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 c. orange juice
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. ginger
  • 4 T sugar


Add all of the ingredients into a pan and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 1 hour, or until all ingredients are soft and the liquid has reduced.

Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah!

burrata and tomato toasts

22 Jul

photo (3)The best things in life are often the simple pleasures.

With the heat of the summer comes the opportunity to cool down in the kitchen.

With the stove turned off and less options at your fingertips, we have the opportunity to think simple, cool, refreshing meal thoughts.

This recipe is just that. 5 ingredients to a blissful lunch.

We used burrata for our cheese, a mozzarella stuffed with cream and a bombshell of flavor and deliciousness. You can use regular mozzarella, or other fresh cheeses you may have on hand.

We paired it with fresh tomatoes, basil, a smidge of olive oil, and added it to toasted gluten free bread. If you aren’t gluten free, try this on toasted ciabatta for a satisfying crunch!

Here’s how:

Serves 2 Prep Time: 3 minutes Total time: 5 minutes


  • 1 ball of burrata, sliced
  • 4 pieces of toast
  • 1/2 medium tomato, sliced
  • a few fresh basil leaves
  • drop of olive oil
  • a few grinds of pepper
  • 4 slices of gluten free bread, or ciabatta


1. Prep your ingredients: Toast your bread, slice your burrata, rinse and slice your tomato, rinse your basil.

2. Assemble: Layer your toast with a few slices of burrata, some tomatoes, basil, drop of olive oil and some pepper.

3. Enjoy this simple meal and take in the summer breeze

’tis the season for giving!

19 Dec

chalkboardjarsThe holiday season is in full gear, with seasonal drink and food specialties, elaborate holiday window displays, and twinkling lights wrapped around trees, fences, and neighborhood lamp posts.

But trying to find the right gift for your friends and family can often lead to a hectic shopping experience. We are here to help! Here is a list of some thoughtful gifts to inspire and delight your gift recipients:


  • Canal House Cooks Every Day by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton. The most recent publication from this quarterly cookbook series reflects the seasonality of ingredients. Their collection of recipes designed for the home chef is accompanied by richly colored photos and illustrations.
  • The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman. After gaining a huge following from her food blog of the same name, Deb set out to create a one-stop resource for her fellow urban foodies and cooking enthusiasts. With recipes ranging the gamut from grapefruit olive oil pound cake to pumpernickel grissini with horseradish creme fraiche dip, this collection will cover all your cravings.
  • The Sprouted Kitchen by Sara Forte. Another renowned food blogger, Sara focuses on nutritionally balanced meals, employing leafy greens with hardy whole grains. Often excluding meat, these recipes are the perfect gift for someone who is interested in Meatless Mondays.
  • The Family Dinner by Laurie David. Known for her work as the producer for An Inconvenient Truth, Laurie has written a great book about the importance of eating together as a family. She provides some wonderful recipes, tips to educate your children on green living, games and activities to get conversations going, and lots of wonderful advice from leading food experts.

DIY Kits

  • Goat Cheese Kit from Belle Chevre This DIY project makes it easy to become an artisanal cheesemaker. Included in the set are all the supplies needed to make your very own goat cheese, as well as simple step-by-step instructions.
  • Pale Ale Beer Brewing Recipe Kit Craft your very own microbrewed beer in the comfort of your own home. With this kit, you have the tools needed to create a gallon of your own of delicious beer, comparable to the likes of your favorite pale ale.
  • Back to the Root’s Grow Your Own Mushrooms Grow multiple crops of pearl oyster mushrooms in your own kitchen. This eco-friendly kit allows you to cultivate mushrooms that are often hard to find in the average grocery store.

Local Handmade Goods

  • Morris Kitchen’s Syrups This Brooklyn-based small-scale syrup factory delights the palate with flavors like ginger, preserved lemon, rhubarb, and spiced apple. Use these versatile and tasty syrups in cocktails, baked goods, or even salad dressings, and be sure to visit their website for more great recipes.
  • Grady’s Cold Brew Coffee Offering a New Orleans-style coffee concentrate that’s hand brewed and bottled in Kings County, this velvety-smooth concentrate is perfect poured over ice, mixed with water or milk, or even used in your favorite brisket recipe.
  • Empire Mayonnaise Co Any one of their uniquely flavored mayos will be a welcomed addition to your favorite sandwich. With varieties like black olive, seasonal clove orange, and white truffle, the local ingredients are easily detected by your tastebuds.
  • Liddabit Sweets’ The Snacker By purchasing this not-so-ordinary chocolate box, you receive the perfect amount of sweetness, saltiness, chewiness, and crunch all neatly compiled into the perfect individual chocolate bar.
  • Spoonable Check out their incredibly delicious caramel spreads, all made right here in good ole Brooklyn. Choose from salty caramel, Brooklyn butterscotch, spicy chili, flowery lavender, chewy sesame and peppered orange!

Other ideas

  •  Woodgrain Eco Notebook and Folder With the combination of clean lines and a nature-themed aesthetic, this notebook and folder are the perfect gift for a coworker. Made of recycled paper and printed with soy ink, these beautiful office essentials can easily liven up your workday routines.
  • Chalkboard Spice Jar Ideal for the kitchen enthusiast, these jars make it easy to find out exactly what’s in the spice cabinet. Because the chalkboard is erasable, they have an endless life span, and can switch from holding cinnamon to ground ginger to turmeric with the ease of an eraser.
  • Chemex Coffeemaker Perhaps one of the coolest looking coffeemakers around, this is not only a beautiful gift, but it is also super functional. Ranging in size from three cups to 10 cups, this coffeemaker takes brewing your ordinary cup of java and turns it into a sensory experience.
  • Make your own holiday cookies and pick up a fun vintage platter, or for more inspiration check out this fun list of homemade holiday gifts.

For more ideas, visit the Eat Boutique Shop and Food52’s online store for other food-related items. Also make sure to take a look at the website for inspired gifts and seasonal knickknacks, and New York Magazine’s comprehensive Annual Holiday Gift Guide.

And what better way to wrap these gifts than with your own handmade holiday tags. Check out this list of creative DIY gift tags to make your gift even more special. Happy giving, and holidays to all!

Photo courtesy of Baking Bites

the cost of a home cooked meal

26 Apr

There was an article in the NY Times this week, about the rising cost of food. Climate change (drought, flooding, and unexpected weather), the rising cost of fuel (to get our food from where it grows, to our homes), and a growing demand for food around the globe, are all factors. This morning on public radio, it was announced that gas prices are up to a record high across the country. It’s hard not to feel the difference on food shopping day. Some people’s grandmother’s used to save tinfoil (rather than throw it away), and used old bread for bread pudding, or canned their backyard garden harvest to last them through the cold winter.  We can learn a thing or two from those days!  Since fuel costs are so high, now is a great opportunity to turn to whole foods, along with food that is grown nearby, or in your backyard or windowsill.  Spring has officially arrived, which means that you have a larger variety of fruits and vegetables at your fingertips, making it the perfect time to get into the habit of eating less processed foods.  Growing your own spring garden will help your budget, along with your body and it’s not too late, you still have time!