Dear SOS: My sister and I were in Santa Barbara recently. When we stopped at the Chase Restaurant & Lounge, they served a bean appetizer for happy hour. My sister loved it and ate two helpings. They said it was an old family recipe.
Dear S. Ackerman: Sonia Rosinka, owner of the Chase Restaurant & Lounge, says these beans are a Romany (gypsy) dish from the former Yugoslavia, traditionally served during Lent as well as during a three-day fast in December that honors Saint Nicholas. They’re incredibly satisfying and delicious as an appetizer with garlic toasts or as a side dish.