Vacation Preparation Begins & Tasty Honey Beans

      Tis the season to be dreaming of sunny summer days frolicking on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. So it's hard right now having just come through one of the worst blurricains in a very long time to hit the Cape and south shores of Massachusetts to be thinking of those days. Well to me just the opposite, it makes it even easier, as I am in cabin or cottage fever right now. So wanting to get out, feel the warmth of the sun on my face and not have to be bundled up like a bear in a cave.
This time of the year Mom and Dad would start the planning for the summer to come. First procuring the cottage just to be sure it was still open for us to come. My folks never took for granted that the cottage had our names on it each August, as Mrs Lawson could have rented it to someone else for a whole heck of a lot more money than she was getting out of us. But year after year she graciously continued to allow us to come, and Mom and Dad would try to give her a little more each year to try to stay up with cost of living. But once it was done it was on the calendar and everything stated to focus on preparing for our summer get away to the sunny sandy beaches along the Nantucket Sound. Mom was good about putting things on the calendar that we would to get things together each month. A little at a time putting things back, getting last years stuff out and making sure it was cleaned and ready to go again. And the start of making lists of things that we wanted to take with us that we forgot the last 2.
Over the years I never had a job as kid, however I would do chores for the neighbor. So this would also be the time of the year that I would start lining up things that she would want or need done over the next several months in order to get a little bit of extra money put back to have as spending money. The problem became as I passed from elementary school to middle and high school was that I also was planning on going to summer camp and then going from camp directly to the Cape. So I needed to get as much done during the months of February through May to fund my summer get aways. But the calendar was marked the days were circled and everything was now in motion for summer vacation on wonderful Cape Cod.
So as we go flying through this fine month of February, grasping for any hope some warm, why don't you start your lists, things you would like to do, places you didn't get to last year, things you want to take. Do a little at a time so that it does not become overbearing but becomes fun and as soon s you can sure up the dates, mark it on the calendar so you, the kids can all start to look forward to that wonderful time, we call summer vacation on beautiful Cape Cod.
I am constantly looking for older unusual cookbooks or cooking pamphlets and social, church and civic group recipe collections. This weeks recipe comes from a book I found in a church bazaar for .50 cents or a dollar. The book is called Cooking with Honey by Hazel Berto published Gramercy Publishing Company in I think the early 70s. As most recipes I love to play with them trying variations to see what I can do with them and put my own twist on them. This one there is not much change, but it fits the bill to my style of being simple and different. So give it a try and I hope you enjoy, try changing it up just a little, adding a little spice here and there or mix up the sweetening agent. I am sure you will find a variation that just fits your taste to a tea. So with all that, hope this is a sweet recipe for Valentines week and have a very tasty time cooking. Now on with the show,

This weeks recipe: Tasty Honey Beans

  • 1 1/2   pds     dried white beans, thoroughly washed. (yes you can other beans of choice)
  •        3   Tbsp   butter
  •    2/3   cup     honey
  • 2 1/2   tsp      salt, or to taste

Bring beans to a boil in 8 to 10 cups of water and boil 3 minutes. Turn off heat and let beans stand one hour, covered. Continue cooking until tender, adding more water if necessary, so that at the end of cooking time there will be about one cup of water remaining. Add remaining ingredients, mix gently, and simmer until most of liquid is absorbed, leaving beans juicy, about 15 to 20 minutes. ( For my variation I used a combination of honey and sorghum or molasses. The sorghum is not quit as sweet as the honey or molasses, so if you like things ultra sweet go with the molasses, where the honey is lighter and not as heavy, and sorghum is in between the two.) I have also chopped up a small sweet onion and added that in right at the beginning and let it cook down with the beans, this can add a very nice added touch, but don't over do it. The list is endless so give it a try and see what you can come up. And happy cooking.  

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