August 7, 2014
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Author Notes: I was inspired - chickpeas coupled with Chardonnay and tomato sauce - and it proved to be sublime!

Serves: 8-10


  • 1 pound raw chickpeas
  • 3 bunches scallion
  • 750 milliliters bottle of Chardonnay, good drinking quality
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, preferably organic extra-virgin
  • 1/2 head of garlic
  • 5 sprigs mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons kosher or sea salt
  • 6 cups unsalted and unspiced tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, on the "fine" setting
  1. Place the raw chickpeas in a stainless steel bowl and pour water to the level 2" above the level of the chickpeas. Soak overnight.
  2. Rinse the chickpeas with cold filtered water, removing any impurities. Cook until softened.
  3. Immerse the sprigs of mint leaves in cold filtered water, add the kosher or sea salt, for a half hour. Rinse the mint leaves with cold filtered water, removing any impurities. Remove the stems, and mince the leaves.
  4. Trim the scallions, and chop them finely. Peel and mince the garlic.
  5. In a heavy-bottomed skillet, heat the olive oil, adding the chickpeas one layer at a time, reserving the sautéed layers in a large stainless steel bowl.
  6. After all of the batches of the chickpeas have been done, sauté the minced scallion and garlic. Place the sautéed scallion and garlic, as well as the minced mint leaves, in the bowl containing the chickpeas.
  7. Add the tomato sauce to the bowl. Add one cup of cold filtered water. Uncork the Chardonnay, test for quality, and add it to the mixture. Add the freshly ground black pepper and the garlic croutons and serve.


  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread, lightly toasted
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon ablespoon olive oil, preferably organic extra-virgin
  1. Lightly heat the olive oil. Add the garlic cloves, sautéing them.
  2. Cut up the lightly toasted whole wheat bread into '/4" cubes, and mix with the sautéed garlic.

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