by Becki Gray
Former Senior Vice President, John Locke Foundation
Now that the General Assembly has adjourned, attention is turning to the US Senate race of 2014. As we look at a new crop of leaders, comparisons to past leaders are inevitable. And in comparisons of US Senators in North Carolina, Jesse Helms’ name always comes up. A man of legend, inspiring speeches, a political kingmaker and a free enterprise and limited government legacy, Helms was loved and respected for his constituent service…..
And his recipe for Baked Lima Beans. It’s a perfect accompaniment for grilled or baked meats and a welcomed addition to any political pot-luck dinner, Republican or Democratic- the Senator was both!
2 Cups dried baby or small lima beans
! Cup canned tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 Large green, red or yellow pepper, chopped
2 Tsp. kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried mustard
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
4-5 slices of bacon
2 quarts water
butter to cover dish
Soak beans overnight in cold water. Drain well and add 2 quarts of clean water and boil gently until tender. Drain. Mix beans and other ingredients except bacon. Pour into buttered casserole dish (I use a 9 x13 glass baking dish). Place slices of bacon on top. Bake covered for 2 hours at 325 degrees. Uncover last 20 minutes. Add more water or chicken stock if needed.