Oregon, sitting on my couch looking out the window at a mountain
PSA: PLEASE soak your beans before making soup!!!
We went to see our friends last night for dinner. She made a lovely white bean soup that tasted divine. But, ummmmm....based on how our tummies felt when we got home and all night long and this morning, she didn't soak the beans. Please, people, if you are going to make bean soup, soak the beans - at least 4 hours, but longer if you can!!!!! Your tummy and your nose and your housemates will thank you.
We're good friends with a hilarious man who used to be a cook for a penitentiary. According to him, first you must soak and drain beans. This we all know.
Second, when cooking beans, add carrots to the pot. Do not, however, eat them in the final product. He says it decreases the stink factor of digested beans dramatically. (Maybe a poor man's version of Beano?) As he says, there's no place you LESS want much bean-related gas than from a bunch of stinky dudes confined together in a jail. That's his story, and I'm sticking to it too!
"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"