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I’ve Bean Busy

November 24th, 2010


I got my cranberry sauce, cranberry relish, and pumpkin pies made. I stuck a new ingredient in the relish, and it made a huge difference. I think it’s new, although knowing me, I may have done the same thing last year.

I have two pones of cornbread mashed up in a pot with sage, salt, pepper, fried onions, too much butter, and some other stuff. It’s so good I could eat it right now, cold and wet though it is.

I decided to use some of my precious shucky beans. I grew these a few years back and dried them myself.

These will be incredible. If you’ve never had them, go get some fresh green beans, remove the strings, dry them strung on threads, and cook them in a few months. These will soak overnight, and then tomorrow I’ll toss the water, replace it, add salt pork, and simmer them.

What a joy it is to have shucky beans on hand! I probably have the only shucky beans within 800 miles.

I thought Thanksgiving would be boring, but it’s starting to look like it will be a fantastic meal.

4 Responses to “I’ve Bean Busy”

  1. Cindy Says:

    Those are called leather britches where I come from. Nummy. So what’s that extra ingredient? Peppers?

  2. Randy Rager Says:

    I tried your trick of frying the potatoes first (hashbrown casserole) when I made my potatoes au gratin tonight. I also added bacon and sliced green onions to an already sound recipe, but the frying trick is what made it, I think.

    Everyone agreed that it was the best potatoes au gratin they’d ever eaten.

    Thank you!

  3. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, and you family and friends. Steve.

  4. Virgil Says:

    Steve, I’m glad your “Shucky Beans” worked out.
    I remember you writing about your Grandmother and “shucky beans” earlier and, while we didn’t call them that (shucky beans) down in lower Alabama I’ve had string and pole beans processed and cooked every way possible and I appreciate the concept and it’s almost impossible to get them anywhere any more except in a can.
    I wrote about fresh pecans for the hollidays on my blog as my Grandfather had a nice Pecan Orchard back in the late 1900’s…same concept…different fruit/vegetable…but equally satisfying I think.
    Praise the Lord and Pass the Shucky Beans…