A slice of navy bean pie

Navy Bean Pie

I decided to finish out my 30 days of beans with another dessert recipe, the Navy Bean Pie.  This pie recipe is not something made by the Navy, at least not to my knowledge.  It is, in fact, made from navy beans which are reported to have been a staple food of the US Navy in the early 20th century. This pie has its roots in the culture of African American Muslims, and is truly an American original.   The navy bean is the only bean that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad allowed in the strict dietary code for the Nation of […]

cholent ready to be served

Cholent

I had never heard of Cholent. My introduction occurred as I was walking down an aisle that ran from the back to the front of a grocery store.   I should mention that this was not my local grocery store.   As I was walking,  I noticed a bag of mixed beans on the shelf that was labeled Cholent Mix. Since I was in the middle of 30 days of beans, I grabbed the bag and decided to do some research.  I learned that Cholent, which is sometimes spelled Chulent, is a Jewish sabbath dish that is started before the […]

Shrimp float on top of the mongo guisado

Mongo Guisado

No series of bean recipes would be complete without an Asian style bean dish. This one has its roots in the food culture of the Philippines.  I had never done anything with mung beans besides sprout them until a few months ago when I decided to cook some with onions and garlic and bacon.  The taste of cooked mung beans reminded me of black eyed peas.  I still had some dried mung beans in the pantry, so I began to look for a recipe that was more authentic. I asked co-workers and they mentioned several sweet recipes, but only two […]

A slice of pinto pecan pie

Pecan Pinto Pie

A lady at a local bookstore and I were talking one day about unusual recipes, and she shared that she had once eaten a delicious pie made from pinto beans while visiting a friend’s home.  I was incredulous, but she was adamant that the pie tasted just like a pecan pie. A few weeks later, she supplied me with the recipe, but I never got around to trying it until today.  The recipe is surprisingly easy to prepare using a minimum of kitchen equipment and the pie really is delicious. It does remind me of a pecan pie, but it’s […]

pinto beans and ham are cooked in the pressure cooker with onions and garlic

Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans and Ham

Beans and ham are a perfect combination. My usual method of cooking them is to sort and degas the beans, then cook them on the stove top or in my slow cooker. Today, I decided to try something different. I have been having a love affair with my electric pressure cooker, and I have been enjoying how much faster things cook using this method.  I was busy doing other things, so I decided to use my pressure cooker to prepare the pinto beans and ham.  First, I sorted through the  beans then completed the procedure for degassing. After this was completed, […]

A bowl full of lima beans and ham

Lima Beans

An acquaintance of mine told me how he would cook Lima beans with the leftover bone and skin from his Easter ham.  He also shared how he would use the leftover ham glaze and drippings from the pan in the pot of beans to get a great flavor.  He glazed his ham with a combination of brown sugar and crushed pineapple, and he inserted whole cloves into the skin of the ham. I still had some skin leftover from the ham in my freezer, but the leftover glaze and pan drippings were long gone.  Like him, I had  pierced my […]

Dry Beans in a pot waiting to be rinsed.

30 Days of Beans

30 Days of Beans = A whole lot of beans My food blogger friend over at Kitchen Hospitality and I have each decided to blog a series of 30 posts on only one theme.  She has chosen slow cooker meals, and I’m looking forward to some of her recipes.  For my theme, I chose beans.  I have to admit that when I announced that I was going to blog about 30 days of beans, she looked at me as if she though I was crazy.  Her comment “That’s a lot of beans” confirmed for me that she thinks that I’m […]