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  • Back in the 40's I loved baked beans and hated onions, although my dad taught me to take a small green onion, put a little salt in a pile, dip the end of the onion in it, and then take a bite of buttered bread and then a bite of onion. Otherwise onions did not touch my lips. When mother made potato salad, she made a separate batch for me without onions.

    She would make homemade, soak and cook your own, northern beans with celery and a ham hock in them and it was delicious. She always saved some of the beans for baked beans with brown sugar and molasses. One day I happened to surprise her in the kitchen just as she was pulling the onion out of the center of the crock of baked beans and I got very upset and said I wasn't going to eat her baked beans, which I dearly loved. She informed me that there was always an onion under the bacon on top and hidden in the beans and I had just not seen her pull it out before. Naturally, I was in shock and I did eat those wonderful baked beans.

    I have learned to make a great homemade bean soup, but she never used a recipe for her baked beans and I never mastered her baked beans. In the meantime, over the years, I have learned to love onions and to cook with them, because some dishes are just better with an onion stuck in them.
  • Beans are good for the bones, the soul, and the environment, http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-beans-help-our-bones.html

    The photo is of one of my mother's crock pots that she used for baked beans, reflected in Grandma's old breadbox with a cutting board inside the 'door'.
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