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MeridianDog
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White Beans - the wife's way


I am not sure if I have ever said that my wife (who is a degreed nutritionist) can really cook. Here is the dinner she made tonight.

The other day someone asked for a white beans recipe. When I got home tonight I was happily surprised to find that the wife (MHNBPF) had made white beans for me, for dinner. And she took photos for me to post.

For the two of us she used about a cup and a half of great northern beans, hand picked for bad beans and stones, rinsed and covered with water, brought to a boil and then allowed to soak for a few hours.



Here is her set-up after the beans had soaked.



- 1 1/2 cups great northern beans, picked, washed, soaked and drained
- A Tablespoon of oil
- A half cup of ham
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt seasoned to taste (only added toward the end of cooking)



Cooked about two hours, until beans are tender. We like broth with ours because we like cornbread with our beans.



Cornbread - you've seen this before, except today the wife combined the white cornmeal and flour today to make a mix. To make her cornbread mix, she combined 50:50 stone ground white cornmeal and self rising flour with a little baking soda, salt and baking powder (half teaspoon of each for every 2 cups of final combination) to make a mix that she can just add buttermilk to in order to make the batter.



She made batter for our 6 inch skillet by adding buttermilk to a cup and a half of her cornbread mix:



She had already preheated the oven to 375 degrees and heated the skillet with a little oil, then added the batter.



Baked for about 45 minutes until top has browned



The lady makes a nice pone of cornbread



My bowl of beans



except I don't eat them that way, I break my cornbread up and eat them this way.



My second helping - I really like beans with ham and cornbread.



Thanks for the beans, Dear










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CBLSU316
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Never ever ever leave that woman!





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greenwave
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Lookin good!





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Matisyeezy
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I'm just shocked she took pictures for you to post! My s/o knows I post, but if I asked her to take pictures for this purpose I think she'd just look at me like I was crazy.

Looks downright tasty as always.






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Looks great





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Gris Gris
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I want that cornbread badly right now.





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Martini
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I prefer the Navy Pea bean just because they are a bit smaller but use the Great Northerns from time to time. I mash a bunch on the side of the pot because I prefer mine a little creamier. That said I would not pass up a plate of those.

Add some half cooked, peeled and seasoned shrimp in last fifteen minutes for a totally different dimension.

Also add a bit of fresh rosemary chopped really fine and just a pinch of cinammon as well.






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no trinity?





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Darla Hood
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You're making me lonesome for my mom. She loved cornbread and beans. Looks wonderful.





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pinch of cinammon


I never would have thought to try that. But now that you say it, I want it.






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MeridianDog
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Gris Gris

The truth is, the cornbread is gone. That pone was not all that big - maybe 6 inches by 2 inches thick. We usually cut it into four pieces and the wedge in my first bean bowl view was 1/4 of the pone. That wedge disappeared with my first helping. The wife (a more sensible eater) had an identical wedge (oops - she had no butter on hers) with her bowl of beans, and Then I had a quarter of the pone with my second helping and then went back (shame on me) and enjoyed the last wedge when I put my dish in the sink.

My belly is full.






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LoneStarTiger
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I had a little bowl of red beans but half a big pan of cornbread tonight. I make my cornbread very similarly to yours





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MeridianDog
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Martini

That's really sad, because we have shrimp in the freezer and I could have tried your suggestion if I hadn't been such a pig and woofed down my second helping before posting this.

Oh well, this gives us a reason to turn the AC down low and make another pot soon. To me, white beans is a cold weather comfort food. I'll post with the shrimp when we do our next pot so that everyone can see your nice improvement on a pot of great northern beans.






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AlmaDawg
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quote:

MeridianDog


Looks good MD! I love northern beans and ham! I make that a lot in the winter with leftover ham from Thanksgiving that I freeze for just such a thing!







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Martini
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Well the shrimp actually go better with fresh Lima beans which I'll have shortly. I season a bit and sauté in a pan until about half cooked then add to the beans towards the end. I made them with dry Camelia Limas the other day. I eat soup, beans and gumbos all year long.





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AlmaDawg
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BTW- You may not like them, but I always add a sliced onion to my white beans. Adds a great flavor!





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MeridianDog
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lonesome for my mom


I know Darla. My mom probably made this exact dish a hundred times while we were growing up. I think dried beans fed a family well for not much money. We had them all the time, followed by the little green dry limas, followed by the big white dry limas. Always with the cornbread cooked just like you see in this post, except a larger skillet because there were six (four kids) in the family.

With just the two of us, the very small skillet works better.






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MeridianDog
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I always add a sliced onion


Me too, except that I prefer chopped raw onion. You've seen me add it to peas and cornbread with pot liquor in past posts.






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I want that cornbread badly right now.



I've had more cornbread in the last month than the previous 10 years mainly because of Meridian and his pics.






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AlmaDawg
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quote:

I've had more cornbread in the last month than the previous 10 years mainly because of Meridian and his pics


He can fling a craving!






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