For Serious. Actually, I asked him to bring me home some red beans and un-salted Tony Chachere's (two things I can't get here in Oregon). But, I wasn't expecting him to return with 4 pounds of red beans, the Tony's, plus an additional 16 pounds of Camellias! Oh man--he lugged almost 20 pounds of beans back home!
Camellias are just the best, and their red beans make the creamiest beans in all the world. I don't even bother with regular kidneys, 'cuz they are just not the same. If you ever get a chance to go to New Orleans, make sure you pick up 4 pounds or so! You'll be glad you did, I promise.
And, if you're lucky enough to get to New Orleans between November 29th and December 29th, you might like to lend a hand to my friend Derek. He's leading a month long demonstration, to draw attention to the atrocities of animal testing, and to remember those creatures who suffer each and every day inside research labs. You can read more about his project here. And if you can join him, or at least bring him vegan cupcakes, that would be nice.
Need an easy red bean recipe?
I like to crockpot mine and let them cook all day. Put a mess of clean beans in the crock and cover with water, add in a chopped onion, two stalks of celery, a bay leaf and some chopped pepper (a mixture of poblano, bell and jalapeno are great). Throw in a long dash of liquid smoke, a squirt of good olive oil, some freshly minced garlic and a little chipotle chile powder, if you want some heat. Then let it rip on high heat. When the beans are super soft and creamy, add salt to taste and serve over rice with chopped parsley and Tabasco.
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