Navy Beans Quick Instant Pot Soak 2 minutes

Brining Beans Traditional or Instant Pot Methods

I know I’ve been posting a few “basic” recipes lately (hiya hard-boiled eggs) but I’m fixin’ (sorry) to cook up a big old pot of my Cheer’s Boston Baked Beans & thought this would be the perfect time to talk about Brining Beans Traditional or Instant Pot Methods. You’ll see I’ve been hoarding pics of beans soaked using different methods from the last few times I’ve made beans.

Uncooked Navy Beans

Unsoaked and Uncooked Navy Beans

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Old Fashioned “American” Chili

There was a time when the most popular Chili used to be quite a bit different than the trendy varieties of today. A time when it was made with simpler ingredients and was served as a family meal, not a culinary adventure. A time when it was saucy enough to add a few crackers – and saucy enough that one HAD to use a spoon. I miss that chili.

Old Fashioned American Chili

Old Fashioned American Chili

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Navy Bean Soup with Bacon & Ham

Navy Bean Soup with Bacon

For as long as I can remember, the hallmark of Navy Bean soup has been the old standby, Senate Navy Bean soup – wonderful as it is, I’ve found that even those who don’t care for it like this highly flavorful Navy Bean Soup with Bacon. I’ve been making this soup for close to 40 years, now, and it is, hands down, my family’s all time favorite.

Navy Bean Soup with Bacon & Ham

Navy Bean Soup with Bacon & Ham

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Winter Minestrone, adapted from Tyler Florence

Winter Minestrone

If you’ve only had canned Minestrone it’s time to revisit. This classic Winter Minestrone is simply a bounty of flavor, hearty and super healthy. I “lifted” the idea of adding the noodles in separately from Tyler Florence, which means no nasty noodles.

Winter Minestrone, adapted from Tyler Florence

Winter Minestrone, adapted from Tyler Florence

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