Long before marrying Andrea, Steven dated a Cuban girl from Miami. It was a typical college relationship. They were madly in love within days and broken up less than six months later. The relationship had all the elements of an old-fashioned melodrama. Every emotion was amplified through the prism of youth. After the breakup, the girl sacrificed a live chicken in order to curse Steven in a Santeria ritual. Steven probably deserved the curse; he had a tendency to crack inappropriate jokes at times when no words should be spoken. The chicken, however, was completely innocent.
It turns out that a cursed life is largely indistinguishable from a lucky one. Even that crazy relationship turned out to be a lucky break. Out of the wreckage, Steven managed to salvage the girl’s family recipe for traditional Cuban black beans. Over the past 20 years, Andrea has taken that recipe, and as she’s prone to do, both simplified and perfected it.
This easy black bean recipe violates nearly every rule we have for cooking. We believe that almost everything is better made from scratch. Stock, salad dressing, guacamole, even salsas are all superior if made, not bought. Our version of black beans, however, is decidedly not from scratch. It works brilliantly. It’s as easy as microwaving popcorn. It’s by far the quickest and simplest recipe we make. The results are always incredible. We think they’re superior to the original recipe from which they grew.
The picture at the top of the page is Steven at age 20, making black beans in Andrea’s college apartment. When we say that we’ve been making and improving this recipe for 20 years, we aren’t exaggerating. Give our black beans a try. They’re easy, they’re fast and we think they’re as good as any black beans you’ll ever taste.
As always, comments, additions and feedback are always welcome.
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