Want to try Green BEAN Delivery? Here’s a special offer.

My first bunch of produce from Green BEAN Delivery.
My first small bin from Green BEAN Delivery.

A couple of years ago, I reviewed Green BEAN Delivery, a company that sells bins of produce, most of which is organic, a lot of which is local, and delivers your bin right to your door (check out the review here).

I’ve been a customer since that review. Every other week, Green BEAN brings a small bin of fruits and vegetables to my apartment. I can customize what comes in my bin, so if I’m not feeling like Brussels sprouts, I can sub a butternut squash. You can also add grocery items such as locally sourced milk, meat and dry goods. The small bins feed my husband and I pretty well and run us $35 for each bin.

If you’re interested in trying Green BEAN (especially with the closing of Grasshopper’s Distribution fresh on our minds), the lovely folks at the company have offered a discount to new or reactivating customers who read this blog — that means you guys.

Use the code “15AEml” for $15 off your first order when you visit Green BEAN’s website and sign up for a membership (don’t worry, you can cancel if you don’t like it). But hurry — the code expires next Friday, Dec. 27.

Visit Green BEAN’s FAQ page for information about this service and how it works.

Use a wooden skewer to remove the pits from cherries

Nature's candy? Indeed, my friends.

This is a great time of year to get a pint of delicious cherries. Too bad you have to eat around those lousy pits.

Some folks use a cherry pitter, but you know how I hate those tools that only do one job. I usually pop cherries into my mouth, chew around the middle, then spit out the pit.

This summer, I wanted to enjoy my cherries minus the mess and spit.

I found this blog post from the writers at The Kitchn, who recommend using a chopstick to de-pit a cherry. I don’t have any chopsticks laying around, but I found something similar in my kitchen — wooden skewers.

I have a huge bag of wooden skewers left over from a barbecue kabob recipe from a few years back. The blunt end of a skewer is perfect for removing the pesky pits and enjoying a heap of cherries. Here’s how I MacGyver my skewer/pitter:

  1. Remove the stem of the cherry.
  2. Take the blunt end of the skewer and push it through the cherry. Use the spot where you took out the stem as a guide.
That’s it. Pretty easy. Have a couple of small bowls handy — one for pits and one for cherries. It can get a bit messy, so put down some paper towels. I like my cherries plain or thrown in some yogurt or sangria. What’s your favorite way to enjoy pit-free cherries?

It’s time to share my love affair with the musical fruit


They're good for your heart. Photo courtesy of Joelk75 via Flickr.

I have enough beans to last through the apocalypse.

That is, unless the zombies eat me first.

There’s black beans and refried beans and navy beans and pinto beans and baked beans. I have canned beans and dry beans, seasoned and unseasoned, fat-free and fatty.

Why do I have such a stockpile? In the past few months of living frugally, I’ve discovered that beans are:

  • cheap
  • healthy
  • hearty
  • versatile

To fully express my love of beans, I’m going to post a few recipes this week that feature the musical fruit, including a recent black bean soup recipe that changed my life.