1 qt dried beans
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1 - Take 1 qt dried beans and, after picking over and washing, let them soak in water all night.
2 - Then, when they have been drained, pour over them enough salted cold water to cover them.
3 - Let them heat slowly and cook, without boiling, until tender.
4 - If necessary, add hot water.
5 - Drain off the liquid, keeping 1 cupful to use in making the brown sauce as follows:
6 - Brown 2 tbsp butter, adding a small chopped onion, if desired.
7 - Stir in 2 tbsp flour, then add the cup of hot liquid and season with pepper and salt.
8 - After cooking for 5 minutes, pour the sauce over the beans and serve them hot.