I had thought I was going to end my little miniseries with a short tale—I slow-cooked up a cup of Bob's Red Mill dried lima beans with a heaping teaspoon of veggie Better than Bouillon and enough water to cover the beans by a bit, which turned out absolutely wonderful—but the library provided me with Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook which happily has an entire chapter called "The New-Fashioned Bean Pot".
I enjoyed the intro to the bean pot chapter. Although I totally agree with the authors that you can cook beans on high in the crock, I flipped unseeingly past all the tables telling me how long to cook per type of bean; I just haven't found them to be that variable. I would have liked a little more variability in the recipes, though. There were two basic beans+herbs [which I am not knocking, I appreciated them very much] and then a lot of refritos recipes, 3 variations on Boston Baked Beans, and a lot of ones that called for a bunch of meat or were sort of more meals than just baked beans, if that makes any sense.
I looked through all the recipes and decided, based on what I had in the house and that I wanted to cook something right now that I'd try the second-most-basic recipe listed: Basic Savory Beans. Of course, I cut it down to about a cup of beans, from the recipe's pound, worried I might not like it. I ended up leaving out the cumin, since it's been making me nauseous recently, but the garlic, 2 bay leaves, ground coriander and oregano, and onion went in with black beans, more veggie Better than Bouillon, and water to cover.
Turns out I love bay leaf beans.
I do have qualms about eating black onions, though, which apparently is silly, but I polished off this batch with my eyes closed and my nostrils open and enjoyed it. There will be more bay leaf beans in my future.
I hope to get some dried anchos soon and try the pinto bean recipe. I'm really regretting the snow is keeping me from my sage plant [among other things] so I can't try the Tuscan baked beans. Perhaps I will have to continue my completely unriveting and un-cliff-hanging series.