Monday, October 17, 2011

Dirty Rice and Beans, and a Rancho Gordo Desert Island Sampler Giveaway!


You know sometimes how you make a recipe and it knocks your socks off? You're puttering along and you think you're making something tasty, and then you take a bite and think Holy Cats? How did those ingredients come together to make this? That happened to me today. Above you see a tester recipe for Robin Robertson's latest cookbook endeavor. It's dirty rice and beans, and it's not just tasty, it's stellar! Also, it really is true, brown food is the best.

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You know that dirty rice and beans recipe up there? The only way it could have been improved would have been if I had used these beans. Today's giveaway comes from Steve Sando and the other lovely people at Rancho Gordo. Have you had these beans? They are the best beans you have ever had, hands down. Today I have for you a very generous giveaway: it's the Desert Island Sampler! The winner will receive a pound each of Steve's beans he couldn't live without: runner cannellini, cranberry, Rio Zape, brown teppary, and Christmas lima beans will all be yours!


To enter, please leave a comment below. Tell me about your favorite legumes, or your favorite human bean (get it?), or anything at all. This giveaway is open to US residents only, but tomorrow's giveaway and others this month will be open to everybody everywhere. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator and posted tomorrow below tomorrow's giveaway. If you have won a giveaway from this blog, please consider being kind and not entering further bigger giveaways--I'd love as many people to win something as possible!

The winner of yesterday's Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar giveaway is choirqueer! Congratulations! Please send your name and address to me at miso...@yahoo.com. (Be sure to click on the . . . to get the rest of the email address. Alternatively, you could use your best thinking skills and possibly figure it out.)

24 comments:

  1. Love dirty rice...never thought to add beans. Sounds and looks fantastic. Yay for brown food!
    One of my favorite human beans once fixed cranberry beans and cabbage to go with some xgfx cornbread I made. Why oh why do I not do that more often?

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  2. Thanks for yet another awesome giveaway! :-) My favorite are pinto beans! Although, I've never met a bean that I didn't like (the legume kind, not the human kind)!

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  3. ahhhhhhhh! heart attack of joy! Rancho Gordo beans are THE BEST! What an amazing giveaway! Very cool. I love how many unusual and super beautiful beans they grow.

    Also - betel leaves, of course! You see them every where in India, but I've never bought them, so I guess I just didn't remember them at all. So cool!

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  4. 1-I am fond of that bunny cloth in your first photo.
    2-brown food is where it is at.
    3-I like me some beans.

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  5. I had my own garden for the first time this year, and it was so difficult deciding which beans to grow - there are so many beautiful looking ones with equally beautiful names! I finally settled on an heirloom bean called Turkey Craw. I haven't cooked with them yet (just harvested this week), but I'm very excited about them.

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  6. Wow! You have a lot of giveaways!! :)

    My favorite bean, I confess, is the garbanzo. I do, however, love perusing my seed catalogs each winter and drooling over the various dried bean varieties that they have.

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  7. I like black beans. Refried, souped-up, or any other way.

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  8. I love any bean, especially Rancho Gordo beans! My favorite are probably snowcaps. There are just so many delicious beans. Of course my favorite human bean is my bf Devin, and my favorite kitty bean is my sweet Miso.

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  9. I love beans! My favorite are probably chickpeas, but really I love all beans. And you are a fantastic human bean, celyn!

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  10. I love, love, love me some dirty rice and beans. I only came to learn about them when I moved to the States. I missed out for 25 years!

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  11. It's so hard to pick just one, but right now I'm in love with pinto beans, but I love those big limas!

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  12. Ooh, I used to love dirty rice! Looks so good. I can't say it's really my favorite bean, but I'd like to pick up some navy beans for a beer baked bean recipe I'm going to make.

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  13. I just went to New Orleans last week, and am all about flavorful bean and rice dishes! Perfect timing. I would love to try and make some with the above beans.

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  14. I'm so hungry now that I've seen that photo of dirty rice and beans, I want some!

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  15. I have been lusting after this particular brand of beans for years! They're supposed to be the very best. If i win, I'll make some sort of bean pate first, and a sweet bean paste for desserts.
    My favorite beans are chickpeas, closely followed by cranberry beans.

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  16. mmm...i like chickpeas and black beans the best!

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  17. My favorite legumes are probably chickpeas, but I love black beans and peanuts and pinto beans too. I can't think of a legume I don't like! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  18. ayy i'm into chickpeas/blackbeans/kidneybeans/fava/blackeyedpeas omgg so good

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  19. I love all kinds of beans! This is a great giveaway -- thank you!

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  20. Oooh, I love this one! I can't choose a favorite legume bean or human bean... I'm so indecisive!

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  21. Lovin the spreadable peanuts at this present, but I also dig any well-portioned fiery black bean chili, preferably with fresh chilis and kale

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