Fava Beans Are In

Fava beans take work but if you put a big basket in front of your kids, they’ll pop them out while watching TV with you. Step One: Take the pods out of the outer stock. This is how the kids can help you. Step Two:  Cook the beans in boiling water for three to five minutes. Step Three: Remove and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking and peel them again. Yes, peel again, and invite the kids back in. If the fava beans are small, they cook faster and you can remove one, peel it and taste for readiness after a few minutes. It should be soft and sweet and a bright green color. Step Four: Add a little sea salt and olive oil. Or mash and serve on crostini, the Chez Panisse way. Requires real olive oil and ricotta on the crostini, too.