This section is from the book "Mrs. Allen's Cook Book", by Mrs. Ida C. Bailey Allen. See also: The Conscious Cook: Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat.
Soak the beans over night in 'water to cover. In the morning drain, add more water, salt and a pinch of baking soda, and cook until tender, about four hours. They should be kept moist. Then add the corn, season to taste, let boil up and serve with corn bread. An onion gives additional flavoring, if desired. If fresh beans are used, it is not necessary to soak them over night.