I'm friends with a Panamanian woman.

Be jealous.

Her name is Gina.

She and her lovely family are our best friends down here.

(Not sure that we are theirs, but that doesn't really matter:))

They are sarcastic, witty, and fabulous. They are missionaries in the city, and I don't know what we would do without them and their graciousness.

(They let the three of us and our three dogs stay with them all the time, and they just had a baby...)

Reader: Sarah. Y'all are just rude. No one should take advantage of nice people like that!

I know. However, Gina would tell us if she didn't want us.

I would not want to cross Gina.

She would cut you if you tried to mess with one of her babies.

Like legit cut you.

Anyways, I tell you about Gina because even though she is American, she was born in Panama and the girl can cook.

So can her husband, Michael.

We always gain weight when we stay with them..

Anyways, Gina gave me a recipe for beans that are TO DIE FOR.

Im for realz y'all.


Today, I am going to rock your world and give you the recipe.

This is an easy way to remember it. At least I think so..

321 Beans. 

3 cloves of garlic

2 cans of black beans (drained)

2 drops Oregano oil (HOLLA!)

2 tablespoons white vinegar

2 tablespoons white wine

Reader: GASP! You drink?! Aren't you supposed to run away from that stuff?

No silly. We get our drink on. We just don't get drunk.

If I got drunk, I wouldn't be able to enjoy these delicious beans, so let's get back to that.

2 tablespoons sugar

1 white onion

1 bay leaf

  • Chop up the garlic and onion and saute.
  • Open cans and drain. (I know! So easy!)
  • Once garlic and onion are finished, poor in beans.
  • Finally put in bay leaf, white wine, white vinegar, sugar and OREGANO OIL!
  • Cook a while on the stove. (it's not rocket science)


Seriously. Call me and thank me after you make it. I'll accept your call.

Now, I would like to tell you, for Gina's sake, that she dumbed this recipe down for me. 

In the real recipe there are peppers and crazy people who cook real beans. 

I'll stick to the cans.

My suggestion: cook some white rice, slice up an avocado, add a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle a little cheese. 

Once again, you are welcome.

Oh yea, if you don't have Oregano oil, you can use some boring old bottled Oregano I guess...