I was in one of our great restaurants/kitchen provisions/deli/bistro called Town Kitchen and Provisions yesterday and they have this section with pre-made items along with other items that you can take home and make something of your own. I saw that they had their North Country bacon (usually sold sliced how you want) chopped in a container. I knew I had to get some and the first thing that came to mind to use it for was to make a pot of cooked beans.
Cooked Navy Beans
2 cups navy beans, sorted, rinsed and soaked overnight
A couple of pieces of thick cut bacon
1 large onion, chopped
4 small carrots, chopped (these came out of our garden)
6 cups water
In a large pot, heat some olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions and carrots; cook until tender. Add bacon and cook slightly. Drain the beans that have soaked overnight and re-rinse them and drain. Add beans to pot. Add enough water until the beans are covered. Bring to a boil, cover, turn down heat and let simmer, stirring occasionally. It will take about 3 hours for the beans to become tender, especially if you let them cook nice and slow. About half way through the cooking, check to see how the beans are doing, if the beans are cooked but still somewhat crunchy, add some salt to taste. Let continue to cook, adding more salt later if needed.