Originally Posted by cluckk
Beans do that. Everyone wins with beans. They are easy to store and easy to cook. They take almost any seasoning for flavor. You can get quite filled up and satisfied from eating them. The rest of the day they will even remind you of the good meal you had--and everyone within ear or nose shot. When you lay down at night they even help to keep the sheets warm.
The military in the 18th and 19th Centuries was singing a song at the fire that went "Army Beans! Nice and Clean!..." because the boys knew the beans were just about the only thing they could be assured werent polluted in some way.
People who cannot agree on the size of government, abortion, or gun control... can agree on a good plate of beans.
Most if not all beers go well with beans. Wine... not always.
Beans seem to go well with most hot sauces.
The demographics of people in this country who enjoy beans seem to be completely equal across racial, gender and age lines... sans infants.
I make a pot of "Dominican-style" rice and beans my friend's mom showed me how to make. I have served these beans at some point to 75% of the women I have seen not wearing clothing (in person at least).