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Rancho Gordo’s ‘Marcella’ beans the perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite foodie

Rancho Gordo’s “Marcella” beans
Rancho Gordo’s “Marcella” beans Rancho Gordo

Their bond was forged by beans. Steve Sando, proprietor of Napa’s Rancho Gordo, struck up a friendship with Marcella Hazan after the Italian cooking legend ordered some beans from Rancho Gordo, a supplier of heirloom beans and other specialty foods. Sando ultimately grew a bean in her honor, a variety of cannellini similar to a rare bean found in Tuscany. Hazan unfortunately passed away as the project unfolded, and Sando named his “Marcella” beans as a tribute to her. This thin-skinned bean requires a slow, gentle cooking time, and Sando recommends pairing the finished beans with a drizzle of olive oil and light dusting of Parmesan cheese. At just $6.95 per pound, they’re a perfect stocking stuffer or fixture for your own cooking session. Order them at www.ranchogordo.com.

Chris Macias

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