At one time, you could find salt cod—fish preserved by drying and salting—on Viking ships. Now you can find it in specialty food stores.
What to buy: Look for salt cod near the fish counter in specialty food stores. It often comes in wooden 1-pound boxes.
Game plan: Be sure to start soaking the cod and beans 1 day ahead.
Beverage pairing: Lustau Fino Sherry Jarana, Spain. There’s a sweet richness at the heart of good salt cod and clams that needs to be addressed by the wine, but the brininess can’t be ignored. Fino sherry, always great for salty things, has enough rich fruit to do the trick. Serve it chilled.