In the previous post below, I wrote about "my" rice and beans. While saying this recipe is mine is true to some extent -- I have tweaked the recipe to make it mine -- it's not entirely factual.
Many years ago (probably close to 15 by now), I shared a house in Passaic with some really great folks. One of them, Julie Covello, used to make a great big pot of rice and beans on a regular basis. I watched how she did it and made my own versions along the way. She really knew how to eat healthily on a limited budget.
The Famous Rice and Beans dish that follows is an homage to Julie's creativity and resourcefulness. Go see her documentary on master drummer Jojo Mayer. It's in five parts, so be sure to see the whole thing.