So, I was a pretty awesome kid. I ate everything! My mother asked me recently how it is I ended up being such an adventurous eater when my family is not known for venturing far from the standard American diet, and honestly, I don’t know, but she shouldn’t be that surprised because I have always liked to eat and always liked what I ate, with one exception: lima beans. I hated lima beans as a kid. I know my parents urged me to eat them whenever we had them, although I don’t think they pressured me too much, because come on, I liked BRUSSELS SPROUTS. Who is going to give the kid who likes brussels sprouts a hard time?? Anyway, the only thing I hated more than lima beans was succotash, which my mom makes every Thanksgiving, because it pissed me off she’d mix perfectly innocent corn with horrible, nasty lima beans. At least when she made plain lima beans, no delicious corn was being befouled by contact with limas.

In the last couple of years, though, I’ve discovered I do actually like lima beans: just not frozen ones. I’ve therefore been snapping them up whenever I see them at the farmer’s market. I was trying to find a new way to cook them up tonight when I found this recipe for a fresh lima bean succotash with tomatoes and onions. I had two ears of corn I needed to eat tonight, and we’ve had corn on the cob twice already this week, so it seemed perfect. I’ve lightly adapted the recipe to what I had on hand. I’m sure my mom never thought all those years ago that one day I’d be publishing succotash recipes for the world to see. But believe me, even if you think you hate lima beans, you’ve got to try them fresh.

Fresh Succotash with Tomatoes and Leeks
adapted from

1 leek (mine was huge), minced (I’d have used a regular onion as the recipe called for if I didn’t have this leek I needed to use, so use a small onion of you don’t have a leek problem)
3 large cloves garlic, minced or pressed
coarse or flaked salt to taste
2 ears corn, shucked and kernels removed
1 pint fresh lima beans
1/2 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
several leaves of basil, chiffonaded
freshly ground pepper, to taste

In a heavy sauce pot, heat some oil, then add the leek or onions and cook until soft, then add the garlic and salt and cook another minute or two. Add the corn, lima beans, and tomatoes and bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until limas are soft, about 30-45 minutes. Add the basil and pepper.

Tastes like the end of summer! I served it with some baked Italian herb tofu (you know, when I found that URL to link, I got to thinking I should totally take one of Twin Oaks’ Saturday tours one week; I’m only a couple of hours away), dressed with a light lemon-caper sauce.

Mark has been continuing to make Sunday dinners, somewhat to my surprise. Last Sunday’s pesto, which he made up:

I’m really proud of him; he’s becoming quite the chef!

And I’ll leave you with my parents’ silly dog Sophie wearing some silly socks and playing with a silly egg.


  1. Jes Said,

    September 23, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    Love the first sentence 🙂 I’m with you–no one knows why I eat what I eat, but I ate pretty much anything as a kid too. They called me picky, but looking back, I can’t think of what I was picky about!

    The fresh lima succotash looks rad–I’ve never made a succotash before and I know I could get behind a variation of this one! And go Mark, great Sunday dinner!

  2. FoodFeud Said,

    September 23, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    Such a cute sock puppy! I probably didn’t like lima beans as a kid either but they are pretty great now. My sister makes a delicious baked lima bean and tomato dish with dill. So good! And speaking of succotash, I had a raw, vegan version the other night with zucchini in it, on top of raw corn pudding! It was sooo delicious!

  3. Zoa Said,

    September 25, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    I have to try this…I just bought three fresh fresh cobs of corn! Never made succotash though. But I love lima beans and always have. Even when I was a kid I’d pick the lima beans out of that ubiquitous frozen “vegetable mix” everybody seemed to be serving and leave all the other vegetables that tasted like they’d been in someone’s freezer with a lot of metal for years.

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