Today's lunch with friends featured Tuscan sausages purchased at the Market Hall at Rockridge. Good texture, not too fine and not too coarse or fatty. Delicately spiced and punctuated with pinenuts and bits of red peppers. Highly recommended.
Cooked dried black beans provide the wow factor in this simple dip; you could serve the blended beans alone and guests would swoon over the rich, full-bodied flavor. Use leftover dip as a spread for sandwiches or burritos, or stir into a bean soup.