Extreme thrift and a nice blanket

Extreme thrift and a nice blanket

Sorry about the silence over the last week, but it’s Hippie Christmas here in Madison and I’ve been a tad busy with the festivities. For the uninitiated, Hippie Christmas happens every mid-August around the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. That’s when most of the student rental contracts turn over, and kids who didn’t have the time or foresight to empty their apartments ahead of time dump their unwanted belongings on the curb for the garbage collectors—or whoever gets there first.

Recipe: Strawberry-Banana Muffins

Recipe: Strawberry-Banana Muffins

Strawberries were supercheap at Aldi a week ago, and I ended up with a glut. I chopped and froze a lot of them for later use, but today as I was looking through my refrigerator, I found some fresh ones that threatened to go south if I didn’t do something with them soon. I also had a few brown bananas. The combination reminded me of my favorite yogurt flavor when I was a little kid: strawberry-banana. If it works in yogurt, why not in muffins?

Quick Side Dish: Romano Beans with Strawberries

Quick Side Dish: Romano Beans with Strawberries

Romano beans, also known as flat beans, Italian pole beans, or fagioli a corallo, are large, flat green beans. They can be green, purple or yellow, but their green variety is paler than the other green beans typically available in supermarkets. They also have a milder flavor. And, in a bit of a surprise, they pair wonderfully with strawberries.