In one of her blog posts, Bonnie Simon notes that dried beans are getting harder to find as many shoppers forego the real deal in favor of the precooked and canned kind. The New York Times food section ran its own story on the topic recently, entitled: “Cooking Beans at Home, Leaving the Can Behind.” In that article, Melissa Clark observes that “canned beans are never going to be as good as home-cooked dried beans, no matter how many seasonings you add to your pot.” She adds, “They are fine in a pinch but never transcendent.”

Lucky for us, Colorado produces several types of beans, and they are available at the RFD store.

For Bonnie’s Crockpot Minestrone recipe (on the Hungry Chicken Homestead blog) CLICK HERE.