In hindsight, I should’ve taken a picture of my Three Sisters garden when it was just getting started; I simply hadn’t considered how fast it would grow! This shot is only a week old, yet the squash vines have grown several more feet and the corn stalks now have silks and tassels. In just another […]

June 4 2014      37 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Verduras

Did you know that the leaves from fava bean plants are edible? How about the flowers? Often with fava beans, I can take ’em or leave ’em. They have a wonderful light, nutty flavor, but after a day spent shelling beans, sometimes I’m simply content with getting that same light, nutty flavor from just the […]

December 11 2013      19 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Leguminosas

In the winter time, a couple of my garden beds get less sun and stay more soggy so it’s difficult to grow a food crop. I usually let the soil rest at this time, but by that I don’t mean I leave the garden beds bare. Even if you only garden three seasons out of […]

October 15 2013      41 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Leguminosas

There’s something so majestic about purple beans. The pods are richly colored and easy to spot among the leaves, and they look beautiful tossed into a green salad. I call them magic beans, and the magic happens when you cook them…

July 17 2013      49 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Leguminosas   Verduras

I admit it — if fava beans weren’t so good for the soil, I likely wouldn’t grow them at all, edible or not. Hidden inside those fat long pods are handfuls of delicious beans, but they make you work for it. Really work for it. Shelling the beans is a labor-intensive process, one that should […]

December 17 2012      51 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Leguminosas

After an abundant summer, my bush beans have finally bitten the dirt. I harvested the last of the beans — all 15 pounds of my Dragon Tongue, Royal Burgundy, and Beurre de Rocquencourt varieties — and after many three bean summer salads, spicy stir-fried beans, grilled beans, braised beans, and buttery bean casseroles, there’s only […]

August 25 2012      3 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Leguminosas

Around this time of year, I always get an overabundance of one particular crop. Last summer, it was zucchini. This summer, it’s beans. Spring rainstorms flooded a few of my bush bean seedlings back in April, and who knew that every single seed I stuck in the ground to replace them would each grow into […]

August 5 2012      9 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina