Originally Posted by mocakes
Anyone ever have navy beans for dinner growing up???
There were six children in my family, my mom was a stay at home mom...so we always knew it was a really tight month for my parents when she served a big pot of navy beans for dinner. If we were lucky, there was a little ham in it for added flavor.....
Yuk....my stomach is feeling queasy just thinking about it......
We were a 6-kid family, too, so soup beans were a staple in our house.
My mom, the horrible cook, couldn't logically substitute anything. She'd cook beans ... but no ham or bacon was around. Hmmm.....those meats have fat .... crisco is fat .... Hey! Let's add some crisco to the beans! If "some" is good, then 4 pounds is better!!
Yeah ... she'd cook ONE of those bags of navy or pinto beans, then ... I swear on my childrens' lives .... she'd scoop an entire 3 lb can of crisco into them! The bowl of leftovers (we never had leftovers, except when she made beans) that sat in the refrigerator, would have a layer of fat 1/2 inch thick on it!! And she never bought name-brand anything, so it wasn't even the "good" crisco .... it was the store brand cheap-n-nasty stuff!
We always wondered why other peoples' beans and even the school cafeteria beans tasted good?
Thankfully, my sisters and I figured out what NOT to do .... and our families actually LIKE beans now.