Guest Post for Elaine: Bean Pascal (White Bean Soup with Toasted Sesame, Masa, Chayote, Cilantro and Mint)

Have you ever eaten heirloom beans, cooked slowly with nothing but water and maybe a bay leaf?  If it doesn’t sound too appetizing, scout some out . . . . you are in for a big surprise.  Here in California we are lucky to have easy access to Rancho Gordo heirloom beans.  Not only do they have an astounding number of beans including Red Nightfall,…

Phrench Dip (Pho + French Dip)

Recently we went to a Vietnamese restaurant I’ve been wanting to try for some time, not only because I like vietnamese food, but also to try their stand-out sandwich they call “Pho Baguette.”  It’s Pho-simmered-beef meets Bahn Mi.  A departure from tradition, to be sure, but what sounds wrong about brisket, pickled vegetables and pate on a french baguette moistened with broth?  Nothing!! Unfortunately, we…