because that would be so very boring. so very uninteresting. even downright plebeian. but if i were to tell you that this was one of the very best things that i have made in as long as i can remember, well – you would just have to take my word. because this bean dish was incredibly delicious. a perfect melding of flavors and textures. and the true test of how good this really must be? it’s that i’d feel pretty damn fine serving this to gabrielle hamilton any day.
i have decided after great thought and inner debate that gabrielle is ‘my chef’. everyone who cooks is supposed to have ‘that one’ – that one who inspires them on a level that gets them thinking in the kitchen a certain way. now, please realize that it’s a serious toss-up between gabrielle and mario. but mario is decidely italian - all the way and through and through. and even though i lean heavily in that direction, gabrielle’s food is just simple, rustic perfection that’s really regionless. i absolutely love the way she cooks - and i feel drawn to her food. so it’s official, i have declared my loyalty. and i just know that gabrielle would covet these beans…
rancho gordo’s giant white lima beans are absolutely the best lima’s that i have ever eaten. they’re so good that after i made this dish, i immediately ordered 5 more bags of the giant white and 3 bags of the christmas lima’s. because i was afraid that they might run out. and then i’d be lima bean-less. and well, we just couldn’t have that. not after this…
not your average lima bean salad
soak for however long, and then low boil in salted water until the bite is right. drain and add the following:
your best olive oil
thinly sliced red onion
lemon zest and some of the juice
pimenton (i use sweet)
it’s one of those dishes where your friends will say to you, "hey (insert your name) what’s in this? because these beans are INCREDIBLE", and you will rattle off the ingredient list and still, they will be perplexed. because it all sounds way too simple for anything so damn good. but you see, it’s those RG beans. they’re dense and creamy - and well, again i declare that they are bean perfection. and ah, i just now checked their site? and ummm, they are all sold out. sorry. love you. mean it. kiss kiss. come on by and i’ll make you some – cause i have pahlenty!
the buddha is all about the lima beans…
oh, and did i mention the little lollipop lamb chops? because they were totally the perfect side dish for these lima’s…