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Everyone can do this but me!!!!!!

jefpen2 | May 20, 200808:24 PM

I have a staple of dishes that I make well and spans the globe.
I am the go to guy for all cooking in my extended family.
I have been to a 1 year cooking school.
I worked in the business for 12 years.
I have access to any ingredients/equipment I need.

So why can’t I make a decent pot of baked beans!!???

I am so embarrassed that I can’t get my head around this. Living in New England I’ve been to too many pot lucks where there is this crock pot filled with creamy, brown, somewhat sweet,(my wife is British so she doesn’t like them TOO sweet) baked beans.
I have tried soaking then cooking in the oven. I’ve done the “foolproof – throw it all in and let it go for a day” recipes for crock-pot beans. Joy of Cooking, Fanny Farmer, and others have been tried. Am I not patient enough, should the pot be REALLY sealed? (I use a Le Creuset Dutch oven) Am I not soaking long enough?
Most of the recipes have come out not cooked enough, not creamy, and a bit dry.
Please help!

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