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Sea Bean Salad


Have you ever heard of sea beans? How about samphire greens? Glasswort? Salicornia? Pickleweed? (that’s my favorite). They were totally new to me when I stumbled onto them in the grocery store this week, but picking up strange and unfamiliar produce and trying to figure out what to make with it is one of my favorite kitchen challenges, so this made for a fun afternoon.

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A little research (eating a bean) revealed that sea beans have two main characteristics- salty and crunchy (the name really suits them). After a week of sweating outside in the August heat building a chicken coop I was in the mood for something cold, crunchy, and very green. I chopped up an avocado, a cucumber, a few limes, green zebra tomatoes, and some basil from my garden. A quick mix and I had exactly the summer salad I was hoping for. Fresh and salty, like a day at the beach.


sea bean salad


Sea Bean Salad


2 cups sea beans, stems removed

1 avocado, chopped

1 cucumber, chopped

4 small zebra tomatoes, chopped

Juice of 2 limes

1/2 cup basil, chopped


Mix together all ingredients. Chill for 1 hour. Serve.


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Lovely Internet 8.21.15

1. This is me on every road trip, except I’m not lip syncing. Sorry Dan.

2. The power of a name.

3. This is why we have HBOgo, completely.

4. Here’s a little something for your faith in humanity.

5. I’ll admit, I’m drinking a glass right now.

6. This Peach Sorghum Pandowdy is the perfect way to use up those late summer peaches!

7. We need to be focusing on the issues, not slandering those who are trying to effect change.

8. Hah!

9. Nettle bread!

10. I am not great at waking up, but I’m working on it.


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Chipotle Sweet Potato Bowls


For reasons that are probably only interesting to me, I’ve been on an anti-inflammatory diet for the past month, and will be on it for the foreseeable future. I don’t expect that it’ll impact this space terribly much (I am going to have to get people to help me eat some of these biscuits though, so get ready Wilmington), but every once in a while I may share a recipe or two from this new lifestyle change over here. And more over here too, if you’re interested.


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Last week I made a variation on our favorite sweet potato bowls by thinly slicing an orange sweet potato and a Japanese white sweet potato into noodles. I cooked these up in my skillet with coconut oil and chipotle, and then topped it with a fried egg (from one of my favorite chickens), green onions, and pepper jack cheese. It was so good, I’ve been researching spiralizers.


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Chipotle Sweet Potato Bowls


serves 4

3 medium size white or orange sweet potatoes

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp chipotle powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

4 eggs

1 tbsp butter

1/4 cup pepperjack cheese

1/4 cup chopped green onions


Thinly slice potatoes (skin on) into long strips. Heat oil in a pan and toss the sweet potatoes, chipotle and salt in the oil. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes have softened.


Fry your eggs to your liking in butter and serve on top of the sweet potatoes with cheese and green onion. Enjoy!


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