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January 11, 2012

Explorer | Long Beans

I am not a snob when it comes to where I’ll shop for ingredients.  I am very happy to pick up whatever looks good where ever I go.  I was at Meijer recently (which is a mid-western version of Wal-Mart) to pick up some Kinder for Cherub.  And batteries, for all the toys she got for Christmas that died faster than you can blink.  Le sigh.  I digress.

I am always so pleased to see the wide variety of produce they carry.  Not just limited to your typical cucumbers, lettuces and onions, Meijers in Columbus seem to have every manner of exotic produce that you can imagine: from fresh tamarind pods to bitter melon to long beans.

I have heard from a friend that the partial reason for this was a well-loved local chef/owner of a very posh restaurant used to stop at Meijer on the way to his restaurant to pick up the stray ingredient.  And the good folks at Meijer would order just about anything his heart desired.  Hence, local Meijers now stock rather comprehensive produce departments that are well worth a stop in and a meander.

I was inspired by the long beans that day.  Similar to green beans in taste and texture, they are only different in their magnificent length.  Which for the harried cook, means far less trimming!  Nice.

Long beans partner especially beautifully with Chinese cuisine, most notably buckwheat noodles.

But don’t let that stop you.

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