Sunday, January 6, 2008

My Legume Love Affair - An Event

The round-up here.

Today, January 6, is National Bean Day. I have this on good authority, although based on my research thus far, no one can quite explain how this decidedly un-Hallmark holiday came to be. No matter. I’ve had beans on the brain for quite some time now. After the bacchanalian food feasts of December, a return, however briefly, to a healthier and more economical repast seems an appropriate way to fulfill an unspoken New Year’s resolution without the trauma and guilt of falling off a full-fledged commitment.

Legumes are consumed and revered in every culture that has the arable land to cultivate them on. Chock full of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, they are one of the natural wonders of the plant kingdom and a staple where meat, fish or dairy are scarce. They are also the banner diet of many a staunch vegetarian and vegan, offering myriad options in flavor, shape, color and texture, fending off the notion that alternative lifestyles need be boring. While many are familiar with the virtues of chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, black-eyed peas and limas, there are countless other varieties just ripe for the picking, many relatively easy to find on your grocer’s shelves, and all lending themselves to a wide range of dishes, savory to sweet, covering any meal or course.

Here are the guidelines for your participation:

Prepare a legume recipe and post about it between now and February 9, including in your post a link to this event announcement. Upon posting, please send the following to thewellseasonedcook AT yahoo DOT com:

- Your name
- The name of your blog and its URL
- The URL to your post
- Your location
- A photo – optional (I will resize them with non-distorting dimensions. No worries.)

- Non bloggers: You are welcome to submit a recipe. Please send your name, location, recipe and an optional photo. I will include you in the round-up.

- PLEASE NOTE: Meat, fish and diary ARE all permissible as long as your chosen legume is the predominant ingredient in your dish. Any course is welcome (salads, starters, sandwiches, soups, entrées, AND desserts), prepared any way you like.

- While I can run a page translation program covering some languages for submissions by non-English participants, please at minimum offer an introduction to your recipe in English so that I can showcase it to the best advantage to the widest readership.

Any questions, please contact me at the address above. So spill ‘em…the beans, that is! I look forward to your recipes. You can expect the round-up to be posted during the week of February 10. Latecomers will be accepted if time and workflow allow. Use of the logo is entirely optional. Many thanks for joining in!

UPDATED January 28: Please note that this event is not a contest, but a gathering of many wonderful recipes from around the world. I would find it impossible to choose any one, or three, or ten recipes as the best when they are all genuinely first rate to me.


Jerry said...


I'm all over this one! As a matter of fact, both my wife AND myself will be whippin' something up for this.

See you soon!

Nora B. said...

A terrific idea! I will definite participate.


Lalaine said...

Wowee! I have a recipe for this!

Gretchen Noelle said...

I love all things legume, I will happily be participating. Now to decide which recipe to choose...

Suganya said...

I am in...

Johanna said...

Happy bean day! Does it have anything to do with the ephiphany??? Great idea for an event. Will try to send something in as I cook with beans fairly regularly.

Asha said...

Fabulous Susan! You know we Indians LOVE our beans!:D

I am sure you will be flooded. I am in and I will post your event on my sidebar as well.

Happy Monday, have a great day!:)

librariane said...

Hooray! My excuse to make flageolet bean soup! It's been marked in my soup book for ages and I haven't forced myself to get that one checked off the list.

rachel said...

I have SO MANY "legume" recipes I have been wanted to try. The hard part will be deciding which one!

Kathy said...

Oh another bean lover! I can't wait to play! So glad I found you! :-)

The Passionate Palate said...

This is a great idea for an event. I will try to come up with something.

The Passionate Palate said...

P.S. I tagged you, hope you don't mind. I couldn't resist giving you this particular meme as I had a feeling you would have a lot of interesting book info to offer.

Wendy said...

I love beany things. I'm in.

Simona said...

This sounds like fun, Susan. I am in.

Lucy said...

And, of course, you know I'm up for it. The beans, that is.

Hppy new year, my friend.

sra said...

Whee! I just made something today, where's my camera?

Nanditha Prabhu said...

This sounds really interesting! susan, you are tempting me to sign up...

Happy cook said...

Oh i sure will send you a recipie.
Happy new year

Jyothsna said...

This is the coolest event ever, I don't have to rack my brains :) Will send my entry soon.

Rajitha said...

so not only do i get to make my weekly legume gets converted to an event entry..perfect!!

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Shaun said...

Susan, lovie ~ I'm thrilled about this event. I am actually working on a very simple lentil post, but after it has been completed, I will think of another one specifically tailored for this wonderful event. So glad you're hosting another event!!

Laurie Constantino said...

Beans, yum yum! Good idea!

Dhanggit said...

im on my way to break the jar where i keep all our beans...count me in!!!

Richa said...

wow! i make use of so many legumes in my cooking :) lovely event, Susan!

Rosa said...

Just what I want to eat at this time of year! Great idea.

Susan said...

Hi, Jerry. Glad you and your wife will be joining in. I look forward to seeing what Texas does with their beans.
Thanks, Nora. I’ll see you soon.
Welcome, Lalaine! Will be great to have you on board.
Hi, Gretchen. How are you? There are so many options to choose from.
Suganya – I knew you would be. : )
Hi, Johanna. You know, there might be something to the epiphany. Good guess.
Thanks, Asha. I really welcome recipes from all over. The more the merrier. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Thanks so much for adding the event to your blogroll.
Hi, Ruhama. Flageolet soup sounds like a winter winner to me. : )
Good to see you, Rachel. So many choices…sigh.
Hi, Kathy. Yes, another bean lover. We really should wear T-shirts. Welcome!
Hi, Jeni. Hope you can make it. No, I don’t mind you tagging me. Will take it up when I have the time, perhaps next month. Thanks.
Great, Wendy! Thanks!
Hi, Simona. I know to expect something strictly and authentically Italian. Looking forward to it.
Lucy – I wouldn’t have a bean party and not have you attend.
Dear Sra – The timing couldn’t be better. Glad you can make it. Thank you.
Nanditha – Hope you are tempted. I’m sure you have several pulse recipes up your sleeve that you may be willing to share.
Welcome, Happy Cook! Thank you. I can’t wait to see what you will cook up. Happy New Year!
Hi, Jyothsna. And so cool that you will be joining in. Thank you!
Welcome, Rajitha! What a lucky household that has a weekly legume dish. Hmmm…I’m thinking I should adopt the same policy. There is no good reason not to. Thanks for the simple, yet great idea!
Hey, Shaun – Love lentils, but will be happy with a dish and post created especially for the round-up. Thanks, dear boy. You are a gem. I’d been thinking of another event for a while, but knew it would have to wait until this year.
Thanks, Laurie. Hope you can make it.
Dhanggit – I thought you saved coins in that jar!!! Great that you will be able to make it. Thanks!
Hi, Richa – Would love to see your recipe represented in the round-up.
Rosa – Thanks. There’s too much good stuff going on with beans to ignore them. I tend to eat them more often in the cold months, too.

Cynthia said...

Hi Dearest, I hope to be able to make this event. I love legumes and use them more than once a week.

Nanditha Prabhu said...

hey susan, check out my new food blog

Mansi Desai said...

this looks great Susan! can I send in something I've recently cooked on my blog? I have the perfect lentil salad:)

btw, it'd be great if you could participate in my Game Night Party event on my blog:) check the details there...

Christina said...

Great idea! I'm inspired!

Núria said...

Hi Susan! I just discovered your blog through Bellini Valli... and I love it! Count on me for the legume event... It will be a Spanish recipe :D

Lisa said...

I am very in and in fact just sent you my link. By coincidence, I posted about my love for lentils today!

Thanks for thinking this up! Can't wait to see all of the dishes that come in.

katiez said...

Hmmm, I just posted a white bean salad and chickpea stew.... I love beans and, if they weren't a bit on the caloric side, would eat them for every meal. BTW, I'm sure you know that the perceived, um, problem with eating beans disappears if you just eat them more often. Then your gut is prepared and can handle the fiber!
Okay, enough already...count me in!

Nags said...

lovely entry. expect my entry for sure :)

Michelle said...

I have just discovered these online food events, and am in love!
I can't wait to share my new Sweet Lentil Soup - Delish!

Superchef said...

heyy susan...thats a fab idea!! u have a wonderful blog here...will try to whip up something for the event..

Rebecca said...

Great event idea-count Saucy in the Kitchen in on this one!

Anali said...

I finally made my recipe and I'll be sending in a post soon! Thanks!

Greg said...

I'm in. Just sent my email to you Susan. What a great idea this is.

Katia said...

Thanks for hosting the event! I made Garbanzo bean soup.

TBC said...

I just sent you an e-mail with the required details, Susan. :D

bird's eye view said...

I love legumes and find myself buying weird ones from any where I travel to, just so I can experiment. I do have tons of legume recipes on my blog already but am looking forward to whipping up something specially for this blog event!

KayKat said...

Mmm ... lentils rock! I didn't realize there was a National Bean Day until you mentioned it :)

*very* excited!

Susan said...

Cynthia – I do hope you can make it. : )
Nanditha – I did. I’m glad you’re on the food blog bandwagon!
Mansi – Thanks for your entry. You already have mine. I’m excited to see your coming round-up.
Christina – Thanks, and thanks for your great entry, too.
Nuria – Welcome! I’m happy that you are joining in. Thanks!
Hi, Lisa. Thanks for the coincidence; it’s a great addition to the round-up.
Hi, Katie. Yeah, it’s just a matter of your body adjusting to what it considers “exotic.” ; ) Glad you are coming aboard.
Thanks for you entry, Nags!
Welcome, Michelle. Events are a lot of fun, aren’t they?
Hi, Superchef. Your great entry is in the line up!
Thank you, Rebecca. Good to see you!
Thanks, Anali. Good to know you and your blog.
Thank you, Greg. You recipe is not only tasty, but very practical.
TBC – Thanks! It’s in the oven w/ the others!
Welcome, Bird’s Eye View! I am fully intrigued. I enjoy experimenting with new varieties, too, but often default to the beloved chickpea. Thanks for joining in!
Hello, Kaykat! I never knew about such a national day, either. Any excuse! ; ) Beans really are fabulous.

Ivy said...

What a terrific idea. It's been a long time now that I wanted to send you my post but something came up and I kept postponing it. My children are not so fond of legumes and hopefully shall find some new recipes to try.

Meg Wolff said...

This is the best idea EVER! I am so looking forward to submitting something. Bean day will certainly go on my calendar (though in this house, every day is bean day)!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Just sent you my entry! Great challenge - I ADORE legumes...

Heather said...

Wow, what a lot of respondents (how initimidating)! I just sent an email with my submission of cassoulet. Hope you like it!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

We are having a love affair at the Whistlestop cafe!
Here's my link for a tuscan bean soup.
Thanks, Sandi

glamah16 said...

I just emailed you a entry for a dish with long beans.Cant wait to see the round up!

Miri said...

Very last minute, but have just mailed you the entry and posted it on my blog! Thanks

Archana said...

i am in, here is my last minute entry :)

Hima said...

hi susan, I send in my entry, would you please acknowledge. Thanks in advance.

Núria said...

Susan, did you do the roundup already? did I miss it? I don't see all entries on this. Could you tell me, please?

Supriya Raman said...

Very cool idea! I just entered my post for this event.
Thanks for this.