Romney Family Baked Beans & Bean Soup

Romney Family Baked Beans & Bean Soup

These Romney Family bean recipes are by Mitt Romney’s mother Lenore, and were published in a newspaper article in 1964 when she was the
First Lady of Michigan.

From the newspaper article: “… Long time family favorites, one is an old-fashioned baked bean dish the family and guests enjoy.
The other is her special, hearty “bubbly pot” that Governor George Romney (then Governor of Michigan - Mitt’s father) compares favorably with the famous bean soups on the daily menus of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Restaurants on Washington’s Capitol Hill”.

Baked Beans Lenore

2 lbs dry navy beans
9 cups water
1 lb salt pork, diced
3 peeled and cored tart apples, cut coarsely
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
3 teaspoons dry mustard
3 Tablespoons cider virnegar

Soak beans in water overnight.
Add salt pork and cook till beans are tender, about 2 hours.

Stir in all other ingredients and turn into a bean pot or casserole and bake covered, in a slow oven, (300 degrees F) about 6 hours, adding more liquid if necessary to keep beans moist.

During the last 1/2 hour of baking, remove cover to brown salt pork.

Makes 12 servings.

Governor George Romney’s Favorite Bean Soup

1 1/2 cups dry navy beans
6 cups cold water
1 cup onions, chopped
4 oz salt pork or ham, cubed
1/2 garlic clove, chopped
2 cups celery, chopped
1 cup carrots, diced
2 whole spice cloves
2 bay leaves
4 cups beef or chicken stock
dash of pepper
3 or 4 Tablespoons cider vinegar

Cover beans with water and soak several hours, or overnight. Then pour off soaking water and measure 6 cups of cold water and add to beans.

Saute onions, salt pork or ham, and garlic until onions are transparent.

Combine with beans, celery, carrots, whole spice cloves, bay leaves, stock and pepper in a heavy kettle.

Cover and simmer about 4 hours or until beans are soft.

Add vinegar. Salt and additional pepper may be added if desired.

Makes 8 to 12 servings.

Source: Miami FL News, newspaper, Sep 17, 1964.