Minestrone Soup

The first soup I learned to make was minestrone.  As a youngster, I thought it was very romantic to use wine in cooking.  I felt like such a grown up incorporating it.  The smell of garlic and Italian herbs filled the air.  And at once, I was transported from my life on the Illinois prairie…

Grape Tomato Cranberry Bean Sourdough Toast

While walking through my local international grocer, I came across some cranberry beans.  Having never heard of them before, I bought a bag without a plan for a meal.  When I got home, I started reading about how cranberry beans are from Columbia, look like a pinto bean once cooked, but go well in Italian…