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            Last summer I picked up some dragon tongue beans at the farmers market after the farmer told me that they were the best beans he had ever tasted.  I bought a pound or so and you know what, they were also the most flavorful beans I had ever experienced.  But, I also forgot about them until I saw them last week at the Barryville Farmers Market.  I immediately bought a couple of pounds.  The first round was simply steamed to garnish a Niçoise salad on a hot summer night, but then the last few handfuls were sautéed in extra virgin olive oil with ½ cup of diced pancetta and a couple of cloves of minced garlic.  They were so delicious and meaty they would have satisfied me as my main course.

 

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When fruit or vegetables look particularly lush and inviting, I often buy way too much.  That was the case the other day when the pears were luring me with juicy sweetness and the plums seemed ready to burst their seams.  We ate our share – as a snack and for dessert – with some lovely cheese I had picked up at Murray’s Cheese “www.murrayscheese.com” but then what to do with the remainder……..

I had some poaching liquid in the fridge so I peeled and sliced the few we had left and put the pieces in a nonstick, oven-proof frying pan along with about ½-inch of the poaching liquid, some butter, and bit of ground cardomom.  Placed the pan in a 375ºF oven and let the fruit roast until just a wee bit brown around the edges.  Made a terrific warm dessert with a bit of Greek yogurt melting into it.  If you don’t have any poaching liquid on hand, just add some fruit juice and lemon or some wine (red or white will do), whatever spices you like, and, of course, some butter.

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