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Dad's Lima Bean recipe

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My dad was from Joplin, Missouri, the land of awful tornadoes and the wonderful Langston Hughes. Indicative of that area at the beginning of the 20th Century, my dad didn’t have an advenuresome palette. His mother taught him to like pretty much just steak, potatoes and loads of sweets. Vegetables came in a can. It was the new rage and very trendy.

So when it came to introducing me to new foods, like lima beans, he popped open a can of them, put them in a pot on the stove, added lots of butter and half and half along with salt and pepper. He stirred this concoction until it was simmering and hot.

To this day that’s how I love them best.

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