Yankee Magazine recently published an article on franks and beans that I did with the very talented Molly Shuster. Having grown up in New England, franks and beans was one of those staples that I thought had been around so long that it couldn't possibly be improved upon. Boy was I wrong. Molly developed some great recipes that update the old classic and opened my eyes to what the old classic can really be. We started by trekking up to Maine to meet up with bean farmer Charlie Baer of Baer's Best. After gathering some ideas at the farm Molly went back and developed the recipes and we later met up and photographed them in an old barn in Topsfield. It was a wonderful chance to get out of the city and remember what New England is all about!
(Molly and Charlie at Baer's Best Farm in South Berwick, ME)