"Greens & Beans" by Nicole Montesano

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

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Greens & Beans: Fixing up all of fall's edible cliches

National Eat Pie for Breakfast Day was duly celebrated in our house Nov. 25, with cold, creamy pumpkin pie and steaming hot bowls of cream of wheat. These foods go together better than you may have suspected. ...

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Greens & Beans: Celebrate the season of squash

The rainy season has arrived with a splash, and winter squash season is right behind it, promising all manner of cozy delicious fall and winter meals. And desserts — apple pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin ...

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Greens & Beans: Storm prep starts with soup

Fall has arrived in earnest, and with it the season when storm-caused power outages become more common. September is the officially designated month for thinking about emergency preparations, but October ...

Greens & Beans: Plan ahead; your future self will thank you

I am too tired to figure out supper and have been for several suppers now, which is how I know it's time to spend some time cooking. No, not tonight's supper; thank goodness for leftovers. And for the ...

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Greens & Beans: Enjoying late summer's delicious bounty

Corn chowder with fried mushrooms and buttered toast is on the menu for supper tonight at our house, while a friend has plans for a hearty Italian soup featuring sausage, kale, cream, crushed red pepper ...

Greens & Beans: Leaning on last year's inspiration

Perusing last summer’s columns is handy. I had a lot of good cooking ideas last summer that I’d completely forgotten about and now need. It also reminds me of last summer’s delicious ...

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Greens & Beans: Avoid shortcuts on the way to perfect pesto

Pesto, vinaigrette, Italian bread salad — there are many, many ways to enjoy fresh summer basil. One of them is to put it in a bouquet; the stuff has the most heavenly fragrance. I like buying it ...

Greens & Beans: Summer market suppers

Salad for supper starts sounding more inviting the hotter the weather gets. When temperatures soar on farmers market days, they sound even better, because you can load up your basket with lettuce, tomatoes, ...

Greens & Beans: The joy of coffeecake

Being rather overly fond of pastry, I try to keep recipes on hand that are low in sugar, appealing and fast to put together, especially ones that make good use of seasonal fruit. Greens & Beans Nicole ...

Greens & Beans: Add complexity by combining flavors

Earthy is an odd flavor description — a slightly kinder way of saying that something tastes like soil. Some things actually do, although off the top of my head I can think of only a few, including ...

Greens & Beans: Creating your own house granola

There is produce showing up at the farmer’s market that I don’t usually expect to see in June; summer squash, tomatoes, basil, even peaches, even as the late spring vegetables — tender ...

Greens n beans: The wonderfully adaptable quesadilla

Our house is always filled with food, but unfortunately, it is not always in ready-to-eat form. Most of the time this does not matter; I like to cook. But there are days — OK, weeks — when ...

Greens & Beans: Stir-fry a year-round favorite

Yakisoba noodle stir-fry has become one of my favorite dishes. I’m not all that sure yakisoba noodles are particularly healthy — in fact I’m pretty sure they are not — but it’s ...

Greens & Beans: How old are those frozen blueberries?

Good intentions pave the way not only to very hot places, but also to very cold ones. Such as the freezer — home to all sorts of ice-encrusted, seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time containers. But ...

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