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Cranberry Beans, Beans, they are good for your…

10 Oct

Ok Ladies, if beans are good for your heart and beans make you fart, t hen, nothing says I love you more then your husband lighting up the bedroom with some wicked fecal stinkage during that post dinner roll in the hay.

“Sorry honey those burritos combined with you pressing your naked self against me – it just slipped out.”

Or

How about getting in bed in your sexy lingerie just to be SBD dutch ovened. (Folks SBD =’s Silent But Deadly)  and  the You Tube video below shows a good example of a dutch oven.

And the worst part is that these boys**, who we call husbands, think that this type of aroma therapy is both acceptable and funny.  In actuality it should be used by the government as an terrorist interrogation technique.

**Please remember the only difference between men and boys is the size of their toys.

So, when my loving hubby came home with a sack of Cranberry Beans I wondered, do you think he wants some tonight? Should I sneak him some gas-x?

 

Cranberry beans are a lot like pinto beans. They have a pretty color before being cooked and are a bit drab looking after. The benefit is in their sweet chestnut-like taste and the ability to cook them without soaking them.

Here is a great recipe I found in a back-issue of Gourmet from a few years back  and made as a side dish with dinner the other night, it was y-u-m-m-y.

Cranberry Beans with Parsley Pesto

What you need:

  • 2 quarts water
  • 4 cups shelled fresh cranberry beans (about 2 1/4 pounds un-shelled beans)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped seeded plum tomatoes (I used yellow cherry tomatoes cause that is what I had)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 3/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove

What to do:

  • Shell and wash beans.
  • Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a large saucepan; stir in cranberry beans and 1 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 40 minutes or until beans are tender. Drain beans; place in a large bowl. Stir in tomato and onion.
  • Combine parsley and remaining ingredients in a food processor or blender; process until finely chopped, scraping sides of bowl /pitcher occasionally. Add herb mixture to the bean mixture, and toss to combine. Serve at room temperate.

*We used this to top a nice halibut for dinner , it made it pretty and tasted great.

Until next time, eat your veggies!!

PS: I ate some of this salad left over for lunch and I just crop dusted my NJ Transit commuter bus passengers on the way out!

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Flying Saucers…

19 Aug
After watching a documentary about UFO’s on the military channel my husband and I got into a “conversation” on alien life form – does it exist and if so is the government covering it up. Words like Roswell, Area 51, the Nazis, Riley Martin, and even Mork and Mindy came up in this debate.
He seems to think that these freaky little creatures roam among us, have crashed their ships trying to make contact and have their full-time residences a whole lot of light years away. I am more from the school of thought that we stole flying saucer technology from the Nazis back in the day and are trying to cover it up. For more on my viewpoint, click here. For more on my viewpoint, click here. For more on the hubby’s view check out Riley Martin’s website.
Ever since my hubby shared his view with me I have got to thinking – Is he right, do alien’s exist? What if they roam amongst us? Do they have human needs and desires – in other words -Do they get horny? How freaky is Alien sex? Do they want to “do it” with humans? How do they select a human or do humans select them?
What IF Aliens do exist? What IF they took out personal ads upon their arrival on earth (I know, I know a facebook profile seems more viable these days but humor me).

BGA seeking SWF
(Big Green Alien seeking Single White Female)
I am a 4ft tall, 120lb  alien that likes long walks under a crescent moon, romantic gravity-free dinners, and sweet loving. I may not look “big” but trust me honey when my  “rocket ship” comes out to play you will see stars. (See photo and trust me “it” is on the inside, ready  to come out and serve you. Willing to relocate to another galaxy for the right human.

Secret Lovers?
Sweet radioactive Green martian man looking for a secret relationship with a super human female that has a good genetic code to give birth to martian offspring and raise them amongst the human race. Alien “baby” can expect to have a large head due to evolved brain – although if a male baby they will still only use half capacity as the other half of their brain power will be in their pants, yes it is green, long hard and glowing.

Wanna see my BIG rocket ship?
Are you a sexy human? Interested in being abducted? Have fantasy’s about doing it aboard the mother-ship? Into kinky Alien sex? Call 588-2300 and see my empire today!

Which Alien ad would you answer?
The question still remains – do alien’s exist? In case they do I will honor the little freaks by making Flying Saucers.

Flying Saucers

What You Need:
– 2-3 Portobello Mushroom Caps
– 1 Tomato
-Bunch of Basil
-1 roasted red peppers
-Garlic
-Olive Oil
-Shredded Mozzarella
– Parm cheese, to taste

What To Do:
-Clean mushroom, removing stem
-Slice tomato
-Top with both cheeses
-Blend pesto sauce: combine 1 cup fresh basil leaves, 1 chopped red pepper, 1/4 cup parm cheese, touch of garlic and 1/4 cup of olive oil, blend till combined
-Place pesto on top of cheese
-Grill for 15-20 minutes until mushroom is tender.