to a pound of black beans, add water to cover and soak overnight. drain off water, add 6 cups fresh water, bring to a boil. turn down heat, cover, and simmer for 1/2 hour. add spices and a little sugar, but no salt. simmer uncovered for 1/2 hour more. salt and pepper to taste.
I used some dried blueberries instead of sugar. not good, but not bad either. the important thing is that the beans softened to where they're easy to eat. this rarely happens when I cook them; maybe I always added salt previously.
broke a tooth last night. as if I needed any more pain.
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