Sycamore, IL, USA
I, too, grew up with that can of bacon grease, but now it's olive oil or water instead....not even butter. I'm soaking beans to cook in the crock pot tomorrow. I'll have to spice them up with lots of herbs, tomato sauce and turkey ham (don't use pork products either).
It's like learning to cook all over again now with a very low salt, low calorie diet. Plus my husband eats no pork products at all.
Meals were a no-brainer until this challenge came along and believe me, I'm lost. Yesterday I made biscuits with honey,low-fat cream cheese, and reduced-fat chicken broth in them. they were edible but sure didn't taste like biscuits I'm used to.
Wish I could trade some beans with yours, K.