This is not a post about a good way to cook beans. Do not cook your beans the way I did yesterday or you might be scrambling around at dinner time trying to find something else for your family to eat!
- 2 c. dried pinto beans, soaked overnight
- 1/4 tsp each of garlic salt, cumin and onion powder
- 1 c. diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
- 8 hot dogs, chopped
Put everything in your smallest slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours. You should have a lovely, inexpensive, thick soup full of tasty beans and hot dogs. Perfect for a chilly winter day…if everything worked like it was supposed to!
Instead, the beans took forever to cook, probably because my littlest slow cooker doesn’t get as hot as my other slow cookers. So, when dinner time rolled around, the beans had been cooking since 7:30 a.m. and were still crunchy! In addition, the hot dogs gave up their flavor about halfway through the cooking time and became dark, rubbery sponges. Mmm…crunchy beans and chewy, flavorless chunks of hot dogs. How unappetizing for a family dinner!
I’m sharing this because I think it’s important to laugh at my mistakes. And because I think we women get too caught up in believing that every other wife/mother is perfect. When we compare ourselves to the perfection we imagine exists in someone else, we’re destined to feel bad about ourselves. So, the next time you think you’re the only one whose recipes fail, I hope you remember this post!
(By the way, if you fish out the hot dogs, feed them to the dog and finish cooking the beans, this does actually make a tasty dinner…a few hours after it was supposed to be ready.)