|Sue's Good Ole' Boston Baked Beans|
I grew to love baked beans; Dad told me that they were "cowboy beans."
I loved cowboys thanks to Rex Trailer, a real cowboy who was a local TV personality in the 60's. It was a kids show on both Saturday and Sunday morning. Rex and Pablo were cool and I wanted to be like them so I ate beans.
Here's a recipe that I made up yesterday. The beans came out really great cooked in a dutch casserole in the oven.
4 cups of organic dry beans (any beans will do, navy beans are traditional)
1 large onion diced
4 Tablespoons of organic molasses
1 teaspoon dry mustard
3/4 cup organic ketchup (Muir makes a good ketchup - get a ketchup that has only tomatoes as the ingredients)
2 Tablespoons organic Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup Organic dark Agave Nectar
1 teaspoon Turmeric
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Soak the beans in a lot of cold water (6 - 8 cups) for a few hours in a big sauce pan. Start this early, this is a slow cooking recipe that is well worth the time.
After about 3 or 4 hours, turn the heat on under the beans and let them cook until they are soft. This is an important step, nothing worse than a hard bean that looks like it should be soft.
The water will absorb into the beans. Transfer the beans with any remaining liquid into a large Dutch Oven pot. Mix in all the ingredients listed. Put the lid on the Dutch Oven and let it cook in a 325 degree oven for 3-4 hours. Stir occasionally; adding more water as needed so that the beans don't become dry and hard.