Beth Siegalkoff

Green, red, kidney, lima and soy are just a few of the different kinds of beans recognized today, National Bean Day. This day celebrates the bean in all sizes, shapes and colors.

We’ve been cultivating beans (legumes) since the early seventh millennium BC. And today, just as throughout old and new world history, beans provide a significant source of protein.

Not only are beans an exceptionally healthy meal and snack choice, but they supply an excellent source of fiber. They are low in fat and are high in complex carbohydrates, folate, and iron too. One cup of beans supplies between 9 and 13 grams of fiber, and soluble fiber can help in lowering blood cholesterol.

There are approximately 40,000 bean varieties in the world, and only a fraction of these varieties is mass-produced for regular consumption.

To celebrate the day, make a new memory and try some beans you have never tasted. Introduce a new variety to your cooking regimen. We have added Peruvian beans to our taco and burrito dinners as a switch out for refried beans.

And a side note – the leaves of a bean plant tilts toward the sun during the day and folds up during the night. Yes, totally out there, but a fun fact.

Kudos to those of you who still have your Christmas decorations up. Today is the Epiphany, when the Three Wise men arrived at the manger in Bethlehem to bring gifts to the baby Jesus. And how does the story end? – Read the book; you may be surprised how much you will enjoy it.

However, now it is time to clean up and mend the decorations, and store them away to be ready for next year.

It is kind of sad, but I think we were in such need of something to make us feel happiness, we decorated for Halloween in September, added more fall (Thanksgiving) decorations in October, then switched everything to Christmas decorations before Veterans Day. And now it is time to give it a rest.

I know, for some of you, having to be at home, you need something to keep you busy. You have binge-watched movies and series, watched reruns of sports games, put together scrapbooks, digitized your photos, etc. So maybe you can start planning your garden, work up your flowerbeds, change up your lawn borders and walkways, and clean out the garage and garden sheds. I know it may rain, but that’s a good thing. We need the rain. And with the rain comes the spring flowers. I am so looking forward to tulips blooming.

Thank you to the people who walk along Marengo Road in the mornings for waving and going the extra mile by picking up the litter on the sides of the road. I don’t know if they are having a contest to see who can pick up the most or what, but the road looks great.

Recipe for the day: Baked Alaska; Flower of the day: Winter Roses

Dates to remember:

Jan. 15 – End of first semester of 2020-21 for the high schools

Jan. 18 – Observation of Martin Luther King’s birthday. Federal, State, County and City offices are closed.

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.