Basic Black Beans

Course : Beans
Serves: 6
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14 ounces dried black beans
2 quarts water
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 medium green pepper -- quartered
1/2 medium Onion -- finely chopped
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 cup sherry wine
1 teaspoon salt -- to taste

Preparation / Directions:

Rinse beans and discard any stones. In a large pot, soak beans overnight in water with baking soda, oregano, cumin and green pepper. The next day, add onion, garlic, olive oil, cider vinegar, sherry and salt to the water and cook on medium-low heat for about 3 hours or until the beans are very tender and liquid is reduced and somewhat thickened. Make sure liquid in pot does not entirely boil away. To prevent beans from burning, add more water when necessary.

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