Steve Sando, New World Bean Guru

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Steve Sando’s Rancho Gordo is a specialty food company in Napa, California. The superstars of their offerings are heirloom beans, which taste far, far better than the rest of the beans out there. I know, I know, how much difference can there be from one dried bean to another, right? Place an order and try for yourself, then write me a little thank you note.

I learned about Rancho Gordo a couple of years ago when my fabulous foodista friend, Maggie, gave me some of their heirloom beans. Ever since, I have placed regular orders, keeping my pantry stocked and gifting them to my foodie friends. Wouldn’t these adorable bags of beans make great stocking stuffers?

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My favorite varieties are the pinto and the Ayocote Negro; both are the plumpest and most darned delicious beans ever. If you can’t decide where to start, try the five-bean “Desert Island Sampler.” Steve also offers corn products, chile peppers, and other good stuff.

I believe you can elevate your dining experience with a single well-sourced ingredient, including, yes, the humble bean. At the risk of sounding clichéd, finding the right ingredients is everything. Rancho Gordo beans fit the bill.

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One thought on “Steve Sando, New World Bean Guru”

Val, can I make the taco shells a day or two in advance and just warm in the oven when ready to use?

Thanks!

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