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Old 10-01-2010, 11:13 PM   #1
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One of my all-time favorite comfort foods is something my grandfather taught me when I was a little kid. He had a bunch of interesting combos for food but this one really stuck with me. He grew up poor in East Tennessee so I'm not sure if it's something people around there do or if it was just him. But it's living on with me because I can eat the heck out of the stuff.

What it is is basically pinto beans that have been cooking all day with a chunk of salt pork or something in there. You put some of those in a bowl along with some of their liquid, then add a generous splash of apple cider vinegar, and a bunch of black pepper. Add a wedge of onion and accompany the whole thing with a slice of white bread or cornbread. I've never seen anyone else eat this so I was just curious if other people eat beans this way or if it was unique to my family. Other variations are that you can add chow-chow (a kind of pepper relish) or corn relish to the beans for a little change. Anyone else do this?
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:36 PM   #2
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Nope, but it sounds simple and delicious!
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:41 PM   #3
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I don't recall the cider vinegar being used, but I do remember pinto beans & cornbread. I still like them too. My mom and dad split when we were young, so with 4 kids plus full time college & work, things were tight for her.

I also remember what she called S.O.S. (**** On Shingles). It was something like a slice of toast with chipped beef and gravy poured on it. If I remember right, she got the "recipe" from what my dad told her they often served them in the army, and that was their name for it. Dessert was not often, and was sometimes rice with sugar & cinnamon. I still eat it all, and actually like it.
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:22 AM   #4
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We eat em like that too here in NC. I don't usually go with the vinegar but I've seen several people add it to their beans.

My Brother in law puts vinegar on his cornbread. To be clear: when I say cornbread I'm not talking about the sweet, yellow, cake-like, cornbread but real buttermilk cornbread.

My grandmother used to pickle little cayenne peppers while they were still small and green before they got too hot. These little peppers are an outstanding side to a bowl of pintos and cornbread.

 
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:29 AM   #5
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we have something similar, using northern beans rather than pinto, definatly good home style eats IMHO

 
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Old 10-02-2010, 04:51 AM   #6
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Dessert was not often, and was sometimes rice with sugar & cinnamon. I still eat it all, and actually like it.
My mom eats rice this way sometimes!
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:07 AM   #7
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With the exception of the vinegar, yep. We'd also often have potatoes too & would crumble the cornbread over the taters & ladle the beans & sauce over it all. Regards, GF.

 
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Old 10-02-2010, 02:34 PM   #8
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No, but it sounds like something a fellow Naval officer's wife made. She use garbanzo beans and made a crock pot full every week. Being a Filipino, there was always rice.

 
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Old 10-04-2010, 03:41 AM   #9
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Yep, I grew up watching my mom and dad eat beans this way. I still cook beans with ham hocks or ham bone in it occassionally. Old habits die hard. And forget about having beans without cornbread, just gotta have it. Don't do the raw onion though, I put it in the beans while they are cooking. I grew up having a bottle of vinegar with peppers in it, on the table with the salt & pepper shakers. Beans, chili, etc. When you grow up poor, you learn how to spice up your food the best way you know how.
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Old 10-04-2010, 03:45 AM   #10
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[QUOTE=KCBrewer;231278
I also remember what she called S.O.S. (**** On Shingles). It was something like a slice of toast with chipped beef and gravy poured on it. If I remember right, she got the "recipe" from what my dad told her they often served them in the army, and that was their name for it. Dessert was not often, and was sometimes rice with sugar & cinnamon. I still eat it all, and actually like it.[/QUOTE]

Actually, we use to beg my dad to make SOS for breakfast. He was an old Marine who use to get up every Sunday morning and make the most awesome breakfasts ever. I carry on the tradition every Sunday morning with my kiddos.
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