Q: I just read the "Good Question" responses to Can You Help Me Learn to Love Beans?, and it was extremely informative as far as cooking them.
I've been a bean-hater my entire life, but my experience with beans is limited.
My mom was not much of a cook, and made stinky pots of pinto or navy beans with jowl bacon, cooked all day long, which I wouldn't touch. The odor of them cooking made me ill. The only other beans I've tried are baked beans (the sweeter, the better, for me), and lima beans (gross). I do like hummus. That's about it.
I'm ready to change that now, as I want (and need) the health benefits of beans in my diet, and I'm trying to cut out meat. Can you please recommend a few simple but flavorful recipes I could try as a beginner (oven-cooking, preferably), and recommend which types of beans I should start with? I'm not afraid of flavor at all, but as you noted in the other question, it's the texture that bothers me.
Thank you for your articles. I realize I'm a little late to the game as far as finding your website, but better late than never!
Sent by Sandy
Editor: Sandy, welcome to the wonderful world of beans! Here are a few posts that have lots of recipe ideas for cooking beans to get you started. I would recommend just trying as many types of beans as you can to find out what you like! I would also recommend buying some heirloom beans, like Good Mother Stallard from Rancho Gordo, and cooking them simply to see how tasty just plain heirloom beans can be.
- Recipe Roundup: Baked Beans
- A Pot of Beans: 10 Tasty Ways to Cook Beans
- Beautiful Beans: 15 Delicious Recipes with Beans
Readers, any tips on cooking and learning to love beans?