Giulia Driscoll, my private investigator, is kind of cute. She also drinks coffee with flavored syrup. It boggles my mind. And my taste buds.
But those holiday goodies were delicious and decadent. Giulia runs five miles a day and hits the gym at least three times a week. How else can a good cook keep fitting into her clothes?
Here’s the first recipe: Greens and Beans, from our grandmothers and probably way farther back than that:
Greens & Beans
2 cloves garlic or powdered garlic to taste
1 can cannellini beans
Salt and pepper to taste
1 t salt
1 t soda
1 t powder
1 T sugar
1-2 T caraway seeds (optional)
1/2 C raisins (optional)
1-1/2 C buttermilk*
Mix dry ingredients. Add buttermilk to make a soft dough that is just firm enough to hold its shape. Use more flour or milk as needed. Knead a few minutes till dough is smooth and velvety. Form into a round loaf and place on a greased cookie sheet. Cut a large cross on top with a sharp, floured knife. Bake until loaf is nicely browned and the bottom sounds hollow when rapped. Cool before slicing.