This is definitely one of our long-time family favorites! It may have had something to do with the fact that Grandpa & Grandma Kear (Gramps’ parents) were pinto bean farmers for many years, out in Pennington, NM (until the Dust Bowl days did them in). Meme told me that every morning, without fail, Grandma Kear would get up & put on a pot of beans, a big pan of cornbread and a white sheet cake. Maybe Meme learned how to cook beans from her mother-in-law? Guess we’ll never know for sure, but wherever she learned it, she learned it well!