Red Beans & Rice
1 lb. dried red beans
4 c. water (plus more for soaking)
1 onion, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 tsp. salt
1/4 lb. diced ham (you can sub bacon or salt pork or omit altogether for a vegan dish)
2 tsp. cumin
Soak beans in cold water to cover by at least 4 inches for at least 8 hours. Drain and mix with rest of ingredients, except rice, in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 6-8 hours. Serves 6.
My sweet wife's contribution was yummy little shredded beef sliders with honey chipotle sauce. Ken & Meghan brought brownies, too, but theirs were topped with York mini patties before baking (in a heart-shaped pan!) & then they were sprinkled with Valentine sprinkles. Meghan's always got adorable desserts! They also brought delicious honey garlic meatballs. Brenda & Kenny brought an Italian sub they sliced up into teeny individual subs, along with some chicken salad (oh, yum!) and palmiers for dessert. Frank & Connie brought all the makings for Bananas Foster and we had quite a show, what with the flames and the cinnamon sparkles!