"Greens & Beans" by Nicole Montesano

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

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 ...

Greens & Beans: Breakfast isn't just for breakfast

Breakfast for supper is a marvelous thing. Mind you, supper is good. The word supper can conjure up deliciously cozy visions of tables laden with vegetable pot pie and steaming hot biscuits with butter ...

Beans & Greens: Seeds of good food

Crops are — finally, barely — beginning to ripen. This is a glorious moment, the meaning of which is so easily lost, with all the imported bounty of the grocery store offerings. Greens ...

Greens & Beans: Spring is in the air, on the table

Working fruits and vegetables into breakfast can seem like a challenge, but there are many delicious ways to overcome it, from blueberry pancakes to omelets to smoothies. And there are all sorts of delicious ...

Greens & Beans: When comfort food is just the thing

Being able to cook is immensely valuable for many practical reasons. It’s also valuable for less practical ones, such as the ability to make exactly the right comfort food when it’s wanted. Greens ...

Greens & Beans: Nutritious foods, free for the taking

Lately, I’ve been reading a number of heartbreaking stories about people finding themselves unable to afford vegetables or other nutritious food, and fearing their health is suffering in consequence. Times ...

Greens & Beans: Time to take stock of the pantry

For preservers, March is an excellent time to take stock of what remains of all that you put up in the preceding year, and to begin making plans for the new season. Ideally, you want to be about three-quarters ...

Time to raid the freezer

This is the time of year all those hours in the kitchen last summer and fall were spent ito help. Now, when there’s little in the garden and less in the orchard, is the hour of the pantry. It’s ...

Planning ahead can reduce need for takeout

Takeout can be a godsend; there are many times when I’m profoundly happy it’s an option. On the other hand, every night is a bit much, and having other coping strategies can be helpful.

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