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Rancho Beans - Hell Yeah It's Vegan!
It’s only autumn, and already I’ve caught the casserole bug. A few years ago, my grandmother gave me a copy of her church’s spiral-bound cookbook, a compilation of all the favorite recipes of the nearby farmers and homemakers. These books are incredible — I have been known to sit and read them aloud for sheer entertainment. Standard fare in these Iowa cookbooks includes at least twelve varieties of salad, differentiated by color, that contain nothing but Jello, cool whip, and a canned vegetable that corresponds to whatever radioactive color the gelatin is. Most dishes contain, on average, 4 different kinds of dairy products and 3 different kinds of dead animal. It’s Atkins’ worst nightmare and most ambitious dream all at once. Sometimes I hear people talking about how wild it is to veganize foods like pigs in a blanket or meatloaf, and all I can do is grimace and shake my head and think about how the contents of these cookbooks would blow their minds. Apparently this next recipe was an invention of my father’s, but it’s a pretty standard idea, and my grandmother makes something similar. Be forewarned: Boston Baked Beans these are not. I’ve always been repulsed by …