This Sunday is son-in-law Chris’ birthday. We settled on Santa Maria tri-tip and the main course. Santa Maria-Style beans are a required side dish for this main dish.
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Jan asked for this dish in the morning, as a result, I was not able to pre-soak my beans overnight. This left me with the “quick soak” method—bring a pot of water and beans to a boil and then let them rest for an hour off the heat. My variation to this method is that I make a rich ham broth and then soak the beans in this flavorful, salty liquid.
Jan, my wife, is an anthropologist at SJSU. When she can, she arranges for her students to do “real world” projects for their assignments. This semester, she will be and her students will be part of a team, organized by NUMU Los Gatos, interviewing relocated American Indians who live in the South Bay—having moved to the city from various reservations in the 1950s, ‘60s, and 70s—if they are not recorded now their stories will soon be lost to history.
I have a ham bone cluttering up my freeze and I wanted to make a rich ham and bean soup. I have made something like it before, but I thought I would push this recipe a bit further and add some new ingredients. To go with my soup, I thought some beer bread and a cold green bean salad would be good.
Eilene is at Disneyland and Myr is not feeling well, so it is just Jan and me tonight. Jan wanted something that we could reheat when Eilene gets home late tonight, but also be good for lunches during the week. She decided that she wants ham and beans.
I had defrosted one of my ham steaks for a meal that ended up not happening this Sunday. I do not want to re-freeze it, so I must think of a dish to make with it. Jan, who is just coming off a soft food diet, suggested ham and beans. Real food, but soft enough not to disturb her healing oral surgery.
My sister, Karen, and her husband are coming for Christmas and staying a few days. With my sister visiting I will be bringing back some of my best dishes of the year to see if I can make them even better.
Not being able to get heirloom Santa Maria pinquito beans for this Sunday I have had to substitute little pink beans. What make beans “Santa Maria beans” (besides the unique beans) is in using two kinds of pork and chili sauce in the mix. Some recipes call for using a bottled chili sauce and others make it themselves and then add it to the pot.
For me Ham and Beans has always meant slow cooked dried beans with ham. As I was researching recipes recently, I found a few that included fresh green beans. This got me to thinking about really mixing up this recipe, If one fresh bean, why not all fresh beans.