Janelle Maiocco

Hi.

Welcome to my blog. I live in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle on an Urban Farm (w/ five laying hens and a huge garden). I am a trained chef (w/ a certificate in food preservation), taught at a cooking school & like to share 'kitchen hacks' - culinary tips that save time, money & maximize flavor. If that isn't enough, I also run a food+tech startup called Barn2Door.com - a platform to help everyone easily find & buy food directly from farmers, fishers & ranchers (from CSA's to urban farm eggs to 1/2 a grass-fed cow).

DaVinci Wine Cookbook: page 8 [of 10] CONTORNI

DaVinci Wine Cookbook: page 8 [of 10] CONTORNI

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Contorni.  Meals are often accompanied by a plate of tenderly cooked garbanzo or cannellini beans, a dish of sautéed-with-garlic spinach or grilled mixed vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini and asparagus are common). At nearly every meal, we enjoyed a plate of cannellini beans, perfectly cooked then seasoned with the best-quality olive oil and liberal grinds of salt and pepper. I tried my hand at making this white-bean side---and now you can too:

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Cannellini.

Serves 2 – 4.

1 cup dried white beans (cannellini, great northern, navy) 2-3 T of olive oil KS&CP TT (Kosher Salt & Coarse Pepper, To Taste) 1 sprig of fresh sage 1 head garlic, cut in half on its equator Optional: thin slice of bacon or pancetta

Soak beans in cold water for 8 hours or longer, drain. Rinse and drain again. Preheat oven to 350; combine beans, oil, sage, 1/2 head of garlic (most of papery outside removed) and pancetta if using. Add approx. 6 cups of water, making sure to cover beans. Cover dish and back 1 ½ hours and check for doneness---you don’t want beans to start to fall apart/become mush/separate from skins. When they are just done, remove and drain. Season with salt and pepper; serve the beans warm with olive oil.

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*this cookbook was produced for DaVinci Wines; they kindly sponsored a trip to Vinci, Italy for 4 Storytellers---I was the 'Culinary Storyteller.' While I was not paid to go on the trip (well in experience "dollars" YES!), DaVinci Wines paid for the trip. Yet as is always the case: all opinions, recipes and insights are my own.

DaVinci Wine Cookbook: page 9 [of 10] DOLCI

DaVinci Wine Cookbook: page 9 [of 10] DOLCI

DaVinci Wine Cookbook: page 7 [of 10] SECONDI

DaVinci Wine Cookbook: page 7 [of 10] SECONDI