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Spice Beans and Sausage
The original idea for this recipe came from a telephone conversation with my brother on New Year's Eve, 2010. This recipe is adapted from his original recipe containing Navy Beans, as I modified it to make black eyed peas for New Year's, said in some parts of the United States to bring "good luck" in the coming year.

Good luck or superstition is irrelevant, as beans are delicious, nutritious, and economical. Cooked this way made them especially delicious.
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Guna - Primarily Tamas and Rajas - combined, those yield Satva.
  • 1 lb dried blackedyed peas, navy beans, northern beans, or other dried beans, lentils, or peas.
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage (pork or turkey recommended)
  • 4 oz bacon or ham
  • Salt
  • 50 "grinds" Black Pepper
  • 20 Black Peppercorns
  • 2 tbs Powdered or fresh Garlic
  • 1 tbs gumbo filé
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Tbs Zatarain's Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 Tbs Commercial Crushed Dried red Pepper
  • Water

  • Open package of beans. Sort out non-organic debris. Rinse.
  • Cover in water. Add 1 tsp salt. Soak overnight.
  • Chop onion
  • Chop fresh garlic if using fresh garlic
  • Place soaked beans in large stock pot or large crock pot, and turn on medium low.
  • Add chopped onions and garlic to beans
  • Fry bacon or sliced ham until quite brown, but not burned. Crumble or chop into small pieces.
  • Add to beans
  • Fry sausage into sausage as patties. Break up the fried sausage patties.
  • Add to beans
  • Add ground black pepper, black peppercorns, cayenne pepper, dry red peppers, gumbo filé, Zatarain's Cajun Seasoning, and salt to taste.
  • Cover. When this begins to boil, reduce heat to very low and simmer.
  • Check every 30-60 minutes or so, stir, and add water if needed. Taste and adjust spices.
  • Cook for 8 to 36 hours, until beans are well cooked through and falling apart.
Yield: 2 or 3 hearty servings of bean soup.
  • Serve in bowls.
  • This meal can be well rounded-out by including a salad, vegetables of your choice, homemade bread, such as Italian Bread, Potato Bread made using whole-grains, or Corn Bread.
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