"Greens & Beans" by Nicole Montesano

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

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 ...

Greens & Beans: Discovering a smoothie sensation

I believe I swore, at some point, not to land on the smoothie bandwagon. Especially the green one. That most dire of fates hasn’t happened — kale should be sauteed with onions and olive oil, ...

Greens & Beans: Cultured in the kitchen

We’ve become a nation against bacteria, and with some reason — antibiotics have saved many lives, from some very unpleasant diseases. But bacteria are an integral part of life, and while they ...

Grain-free desserts that take the cake

Being related to people who no longer eat grain has sent me scrambling in search of grain-free cake recipes, because we are also people who like to eat cake. It turns out that this quest has had benefits ...

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Greens & Beans: Foraging for fresh food as winter wanes

Technically, it’s still winter, but spring is in the air and in the hearts of local gardeners and farmers already dreaming of those first delectable harvests. Fat bunches of spinach, tender leaf ...

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Greens & Beans: A tea for every season

If mint tea conjures up summer, apple cider crisp October days, and hot chocolate is perfect for late fall and winter, I’m not really sure what might constitute a hot beverage for early spring. Roasted ...

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Greens & Beans: What's a snacker to do?

I’ve been obsessed with popcorn lately, partly because we make excellent popcorn, and partly because sugar has unpleasant enough effects on my system that I eat very little of it. But the urge to ...

Greens & 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 ...

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