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Hearty 3 bean salad

Last night, M & I went over to our friends’ new apartment for dinner – we got to tour their new pad and also meet their adorable new pug Duke. He is such a sweetie! He’s a rescue dog, so he was a little jumpy at first with new people around, but he warmed up to us real fast. ^_^ Ahhh, makes me want a little doggie!

They made these fantastic homemade calzones for us, to which I needed to pair a salad. I decided on a cold bean salad, since I have dried beans in the cupboard, and therefore it’s really budget-friendly. And though it’s a simple recipe, it was so yummy! A crowd pleaser for sure, and very hearty for a cold wintery day.

three bean salad

I found the recipe on one of my favorite food blogs – Simply Recipes – and modified it only a little.

You can certainly use canned beans for this recipe, but I had dried beans on hand, so I soaked them overnight.

1 cup dried garbanzo beans
1 cup dried red beans
1 cup dried white beans
1/2 yellow onion – finely chopped
2 stalks celery – finely chopped
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley – chopped
1 tbsp fresh rosemary – chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt – to taste
Pepper- to taste

Soak beans overnight and cook according to directions. In a large bowl combine the drained beans, chopped onion, chopped celery, chopped parsley, and rosemary. In a smaller bowl, mix the dressing by whisking together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour the mixed dressing over the bean mixture and gently fold in, until completely incorporated. Refrigerate until ready to serve. (Serves about 4-6 people)

And that’s it!
The longer the beans get to soak up the dressing, the better it will taste. Therefore – excellent for leftovers!

Granted, cooking the beans yourself adds quite a bit of time to the recipe, but it’s worth it, in my opinion. Especially when looking at the cost of canned beans to dried ones.


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Reviving the knitting needles

My old roommate (as well as a couple of old coworkers) taught me the basics of knitting a few years back. When I first learned, I jumped into knitting headfirst – although, I never got into anything more advanced than a hat. Scarves were a speciality. I never achieved any real level of expertise, however, and I haven’t really touched my knitting needles for two years.

But, it’s been getting cold here now – you can feel winter right around the corner – and for some reason, the urge to knit arose.

rainbow knitting

rainbow knitting

As you can see, I chose the most hideous yarn in my collection to start with. This rainbow blend was inherited from a friend’s mother’s stash when she found out I had started knitting way-back-when. Despite its awfulness – you have to admit it’s kind of awesome in a funny sort of way.

Anyways, my plan for this humble swatch is to make a pair of fingerless mittens. The pattern that inspired me actually called for knitting in the round, but I’m not equipped to do that. So, I figure, folding a long rectangle and sewing up the sides, with a hole for the thumb – same diff!

In any case, it’s been fun doing a little knitting again, and I’ll be sure to post the surely awesome results when my mittens are complete.

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