Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Guess what I tried?

Beans...not green ones. Soup beans. I tried some over the weekend while I was in the southern mountains of WV with Papa on his yearly trip. Soup beans. Really. No lie. I didn't gag, or pass out, or puke, or die. They were pretty good even!! I love green beans, really love chili beans, and I've even enjoyed baked beans over the past 10 years, but just the smell of soup beans usually makes me cringe. I do love cornbread _I make pretty dang good cornbread_ so I can handle that part when Mr. FixIt or Papa get a hankerin' for a pot of beans. At a homecoming church gathering this weekend, one of the ladies had beans and Papa was saying, "You get those beans. You get some of them beans." So I did. I tried them. Even had strings of cabbage and cut of sausage. They weren't half bad. I probably had two big spoonfuls and I ate them all. Papa was shocked. Papa is always harassing us kids, and now our kids, with "You need some soup beans, cornbread and a BIG onion! That's what you need! It'll make your hair curly!" Well, with Papa, anything we didn't want to eat, he said would make our hair curly. He torments our kids with this line as well. It still cracks me up to hear that.

Maybe this weekend I'll pull the soup bone out of the freezer and soak some beans, whip up a batch of cornbread. I'll have to call Papa and let him know... but I'll pass on the big onion.


  1. I've never even heard of soup beans. You learn something new every day huh. But corn bread does sound yummy.

  2. I have never heard of soup beans either. I don't think I would be a fan though....but I would LOVE LOVE LOVE the cornbread!

  3. Yes, I've love cornbread all my life, and grew up with soup beans offered but never liked them. In most groceries you can get a bag of dry beans, raw/uncooked, and they usually have what is labeled a "multi-bean" or "bean soup" (they don't look that great). Put them in a pot of water and soak them a few hours at least (or overnight). Dump the water off, put them in fresh water in a big pot, get a beef shank or a ham bone to drop in while cooking for flavor. You can leave them like that or add flavorings, ham or beef chunks, shredded cabbage, onions, etc as you like. Bake a fresh batch of corn bread in a cast iron skillet. You can either dip that in the beans when eating or my Papa pours the beans over a slice of cornbread in his bowl. Oh, you have to cut a huge chunk of Vidalia or sweet onion to go with it. LOL


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