"Greens & Beans" by Nicole Montesano

Nicole is a reporter who likes to eat, cook and garden, and write about all three.

Greens n Beans: Homemade cheese? Yes, please

Our family Christmas dinner tradition for some decades has been homemade lasagna. Once upon a long time ago, that involved plenty of work, but was fine for everyone. Now, some of us are gluten-free, some ...

Greens & Beans: Wise words for a new year

Recently, I read some of the best kitchen quotes ever. They’re by Alana Chernila, of the blog “Eating From the Ground Up” at www.eatingfromthegroundup.com. She wrote, “You do not ...

Greens & Beans: Homemade flavors in a bottle

I’m not sure how many types of flavoring it’s possible to make at home, but it’s been a lot of fun trying to come up with some of the basics. Vanilla is the classic, of course, and delightfully ...

Greens & Beans: Good food - fast

Convenience food is tempting, because it’s, well, convenient. And appealing, at least in concept. Take McMuffins for example: What doesn’t sound tasty about a hot, flaky biscuit or English ...

Greens & Beans: Ideas for a budget-friendly feast

It’s the season of the harvest feast, and time to celebrate foods like apples, pumpkins, potatoes and sage. Also brussels sprouts, cabbage, peppers and all the other good things our gardens and local ...

Greens & Beans: Green tomatoes for dessert? Sweet!

I have unexpectedly become a fan of mincemeat. This is, technically, a rediscovery; it was made last year, and I’ve just noticed it again. It all happened because of the green tomatoes. There are ...

Greens & Beans: Adventures in excess pumpkin abundance

It's October! Season of fall leaves turning, of baking pumpkins, roasting peppers, simmering soup, and finishing the year's harvest, which always seems to take much longer than expected. It's time to ...

Greens & Beans: Save summer flavors for fall feasting

As the gardening season winds to a close, it’s always hard to know whether to cheer or mourn. Dealing with an overabundance of produce can be exhausting. On the other hand, the impending end of ...

Greens & Beans: Again with the zucchini

OK, I know my last two or three or possibly 50 columns have all been about what to do with all this #!#$ zucchini, and that you, my poor, lone remaining reader, are probably more than ready for a change ...

Greens & Beans: Summer calls for dishes on the double

I made a list recently of everything I need to cook. Then I decided to hide from it. There’s an awful lot of produce needing to be cooked up. Into delicious things that we would like to eat, mind ...

Greens & Beans: Ready or not, mid-summer is upon us

How it got to be the middle of summer so fast, I do not know, but here we are. Although, in fact, it’s been feeling like the hottest part of summer for a good month now, so it really shouldn’t ...

Greens & Beans: Fruit, spices add zip to summer sipping

When temperatures sizzle, cold drinks become welcome, and it’s nice to have a variety to select from. On the other hand, I don’t really want to suddenly add an overload of sugar to my diet, ...

Greens & Beans: When the kitchen's an oven

The first heatwave has come and gone, hot enough to make the idea of cooking unappealing for days. It was a timely reminder that summer has arrived, and it’s time to come up with a plan for dealing ...

Greens & Beans: Eating all of your vegetables

Part of the fun of vegetable gardening is that it can introduce you to unusual foods you’re not likely to find in the grocery store. A good CSA subscription can do the same, and you may even find ...

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