Mexican Beans

1 1/2 cupfuls dried red kidney beans 1/4 teaspoonful soda

1 cupful stewed tomatoes

2 teaspoonfuls salt

1/4 teaspoonful pepper

1/2 cupful chopped salt pork 4 tablespoonfuls chopped onion 4 tablespoonfuls chopped green peppers

Soak the beans over night, drain, rinse, cover with cold water, add the soda and bring to boiling point. Rinse again. Turn the salt pork into a frying pan, and fry till crisp, adding the onion and green pepper. Then turn in the beans, add the salt and pepper, with water to cover, and simmer until tender - about three hours.

Red Kidney Beans With Spaghetti

1 cupful dried red kidney-beans 1 teaspoonful salt 1 cupful spaghetti Bacon

2 tablespoonfuls minced onion 2 tablespoonfuls bacon fat 1 1/2 cupfuls tomato juice 1/4 teaspoonful soda Few grains pepper

Soak the beans over night, drain and stew them in salted water containing the soda. Cook the spaghetti until tender, and make a sauce by cooking the onion in the bacon fat until softened, and adding the flour and tomato juice. Season to taste and add to the spaghetti. Pour the beans (which should be quite dry) upon a platter, surround with the spaghetti, and garnish with cooked bacon. This is suitable for a dinner dish.

Stewed Red Beans with. Salt Pork

2 cupfuls dried red kidney-beans

3 tablespoonfuls minced onion

1/2 cupful minced carrot

2 1/2 teaspoonfuls salt 8 slices salt pork 1/2 tablespoonful sugar 1/4 teaspoonful pepper 1/4 teaspoonful soda

Soak the beans over night, drain, add the soda and hot water to cover, and boil gently for one hour. Drain again. Try the fat from the salt pork and set the cooked pork aside. Add the carrot and onion to the fat, fry until softened, turn in the beans, add the seasonings and water to cover, and simmer till very tender and the water is absorbed, about an hour longer. Serve garnished with the salt pork.

White Kidney Beans With Tomatoes

11/2 cupfuls dried white kidney beans 1 tablespoonful minced onion 2 cupfuls stewed tomatoes 1/2 teaspoonful pepper

1/4 teaspoonful soda 4 slices salt pork 1/2 tablespoonful sugar 1 1/2 teaspoonfuls salt

Soak the beans over night, drain them and boil up in water containing the soda. Try out the salt pork, and brown the onion in the fat; add the tomato, seasonings and the beans, barely covering them with water, and cook in a double boiler until tender - about three hours.

Horticultural Bean Loaf

2 cupfuls cooked horticultural beans

3 chopped pimentoes

1 cupful bread crumbs cooked to a paste in 1/2 cupful water

2 eggs

1 teaspoonful salt Grating of lemon rind Few drops onion juice Few grains pepper

Mix together the beans, pimentoes, crumb paste and the seasonings; beat the egg yolks well, add to the mixture and fold in the stiffly-beaten whites. Pile in a well-oiled bread pan or brick mould, set in a pan of hot water and cook until firm. Serve surrounded by green pepper sauce.