Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 3 hours
Easy - for beginners
A family favorite adapted from Jeff Smith's cookbook The Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Ancestors
Wash beans and place them in a 6-quart stove-top casserole with 4 cups water. Cover and boil 2 minutes; shut off heat and let stand 1 hour. Add the remaining ingredients, except the vinegar and salt and pepper, cover, and simmer 2 hours or until the beans are tender.
Add vinegar and the salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and heat through.