Looks good, man.
I'm thinking Bacon Wrapped Filets on the grill with some baked potatoes for me and the lady tonight.
I do like some baked beans. But if I'm taking the time to make beans, it's gotta be red beans and rice.
2 onions, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 stalk celery, diced
2 tablespoons rendered bacon fat
1 pound dried red kidney beans (preferably Camelia brand)
2 smoked ham hocks
5 bay leaves
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 green onions, chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
3 cups cooked long-grain rice
Sweat the onions, bell peppers, and celery in the rendered bacon fat in a heavy soup pot over medium-high heat. Once the onions become translucent, add the kidney beans, ham hocks, bay leaves, and cayenne, then add water to cover by 2 inches. Increase the heat and bring the water to a boil. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and allow the beans to slowly simmer for 2 hours. Periodically stir the beans to make sure that they don’t scorch on the bottom of the pot, adding water if necessary, always keeping the beans covered by an inch or more of water. Continue cooking the beans until they are creamy and beginning to fall apart when they’re stirred. Remove the ham hock meat from the bones, roughly chop it, and add it back to the pot of beans. Stir in the green onions and season with salt, black pepper and Tabasco. Serve with white rice.
WOW! That will be one birthday, that you will never forget!
Happy Birthday - Arnold Palmer turned 84 yesterday, September 10th.