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A musical (ahem) ode to dads around the world...

They're the magical fruit.  They have a sing-songy rhyme we grew up singing every time they appeared at the table.  Admit it, you grew up reciting this rhyme, too.  I know it!  We couldn't have been the only household that found it ridiculously funny every time this was chanted. Could we?  I blame it on dad.  I mean, mom probably found it pretty crass...although in the end, she'd always crack a smile.  How can you help it?  A sense of humor was key living in a house with my dad.  A sense of humor is key to life in general.   

No lengthy post here... I wanted to use my gorgeous fresh green beans in a different way than I usually do, so I made a version of the ever-popular 4-Bean Salad.
Four-Bean Salad
from Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express

Cut about a cup of green beans into one-inch pieces and blanch in boiling, salted water until crisp-tender; drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking.  In a bowl, combine a cup or two each of cooked or canned (drain first) kidney or other red beans, cannellini or other white beans, and chickpeas.  Add the green beans, a small, diced red onion, and some chopped parsley or chives.  Dress with olive oil, sherry vinegar or some other good strong vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.
Not my absolute favorite version of this salad...but honestly, I don't have a favorite version, so...

I'll sing you out with the magical, musical ode to dads all over the's to you dad, hubby, grandpa, suegro....

Beans, Beans, the magical fruit;
the more you eat, the more you toot.
The more you toot, the better you feel...
So, let's eat beans with every meal!

Happy Father's Day!

IHCCThis is my entry into Dining with Dad, our theme this week at IHCC.