maple pinto beans

when asked why dried beans

are worth the effort, smile

and nod knowingly

10 servings

2 lbs dried pinto beans, soaked overnight in 2 inches water, 2 T kosher salt, 2 t soda; 4 bay leaves, 1/2 c balsamic, 1/2 c maple syrup, 1/2 c lemon juice, 2 T smoked paprika, 2 T oregano

simmer soaked beans and bay leaves, covered, until tender; add rest, cook 20 minutes, allowing bottom crust to form

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