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"Help....I bought fresh cranberry beans today at the farmers market here in NYC.  
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Dear Susanne,

Cranberry beans, called "shell beans" in some parts of the country, are among
my favorite fall crops. They are really pretty when fully ripe, but most of the
times there will be some green ones, even infully ripened pods. The green
beans are fine to cook.

The pods may be quite brown and discolored, but the beans are still at their
peak. Many sell them dried, as well, and these do need soaking. Fresh
cranberry beans do not require soaking. Sadly, they lose their color when
cooked and become quite drab, but they have great flavor.

I cook them with olive oil or a little chopped pancetta, chopped garlic and fresh
sage leaves, simmererd in just enough water to cover.
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Feature: The Mills of Maine
Today, old former mills throughout Maine are filled with restaurants, gourmet
markets, galleries, artist studios, specialty food makers, antiques dealers and
small businesses making everything from guitars to porch swings and hooked
rugs. The buildings also host traveling film festivals, art exhibitions and live
entertainment. Here's a glimpse at what's happening inside historic mills in Maine.

Recipe: Portuguese Kale Soup
Kale improves with cold weather and frost is available in the fall and winter
months, and this soup is hearty enough to serve as a meal. Like many soups and
chowders, the flavor is even better the next day.

From our Archives: Maine's Pies on Parade
Few people could think of one good reason to travel over 200 miles in winter
weather up the coast of Maine to a little town 80 miles outside of Portland in the
middle of January. Unless, of course, if there was a promise of something out of
the ordinary and wonderful to cheer up a dreary winter weekend.  That special
something could be the promise of tasting dozens of homemade sweet and savory
gourmet pies.

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