Growing up here in the southern part of Kentucky, we learned early how to cook pinto beans and corn bread. They are commonly called soup beans here. We grew up on,… well, I would not call it a farm. Not sure what to label it but we raised farm animals and a large garden.
The reason I say that is because we had many of the country pets and critters but not as many as a large farm would have. I guess you would just call it,.. Back Roads Living or Country Life!
As most folks in the day, we had cats and dogs for pets. The farm animals we had were chickens, and hogs. These were not raised for pets as many are today! We had never heard of someone having a pig or chicken as a pet. At our house the pigs were for fattening up and eating and the chickens provided eggs until they stopped laying, at which time they made great stews! We never owned a cow or horse.
The lifestyles were on the poorer side and we ate a lot of pinto beans and corn bread. The most common and most loved beans we ate were mothers home cooked pinto beans. She bought packages of the wonderful beans and soaked them overnight and then cooked them in her big kettle with ham hock or whatever pork meat was available at the time and it was some of the best eating we ever had! We love them with fried potatoes and canned beats!
After a long day at school and getting the evening chores done, we could smell those pinto beans cooking! By the time supper was served, We called it supper. Most folks call it dinner! Supper is a country word I guess. I don’t hear that term used any more. Anyway, we were ready to eat! We always had onions and cornbread with this meal! I am so glad my mother taught us how to cook pinto beans.
For the Quick Soak:
For the Overnight Soak:
Cold milk was also a must have! Nothing like a big glass of cold milk with those pinto beans and corn bread! We always had home cooked meals for every meal! After the pinto beans were eaten out of a couple of times we ate the leftovers! Mother would make bean cakes out of the rest! These were wonderful with fried potatoes and any type of meat!
For stove top cooking:
Serve with our delicious Homemade Corn Bread!
I sure do miss those meals! We still go out to my mothers house on Friday evenings along and eat those wonderful pinto beans and homemade corn bread. She is in her 80’s but still fixes the best beans in the country!
She always fixed hers in a kettle.We now fix them in a slow cooker! We miss the aura of the country times and settings of long ago but the taste is still the same!
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