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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Edamame dearest

The people who know and tolerate, er, love me are aware of my foodist quirks. I wrote about my seasonal eating before. Some might think that makes me a few fries and a toy short of a happy meal. A sandwich short of a picnic. And so on and so forth... But true foodies know how it is when a hankering hits you.

My latest food addiction is edamame. Again. It happens just about every spring. I like to get it fresh whenever I can. But I've settled for frozen the last couple of days. You can spice it up a bit if you like. But, for me, nothing is better than steamed edamame sprinkled with a good, coarse salt. It's so good. The beans are buttery and sweet and the salt is the perfect foil, making for some marvelously simple snacking.

One question: Why the heck don't they offer this at movie theaters? It's way more healthful and far tastier than the oddly yellow, butter-flavored popcorn they try to sell you for $50 an ounce... OK, so movie popcorn isn't THAT expensive. But edamame would be a nice alternative, don't cha think? Would I be wrong to sneak it in for snacking the next time I go? I promise I'll keep my shells to myself...


at 1:14 PM Blogger ShannanB said...

I too have recently fallen in love with Edamame and have been buying a lot of it at the grocery store. In addition to being delicious, it's also great for kids because of the "fun" way you eat it. My four year old son won't eat peas or green beans but loves Edamame.

at 2:33 PM Blogger Stepf said...

I love edamame, too. I sometimes buy the preshelled variety and throw them in when I make a stir fry. They're buttery and delicious. But nothing beats fresh ones when they're still warm, sprinkled with salt!

at 3:53 PM Blogger Matt Morris said...

my friends and i actually call edamame "the popcorn vegetable," because of how unbelievablly good it tastes, easily topping the heap of buttery snack foods out there.

unshelled is great in cold salads too. I first saw that at Wild Oats' deli.

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