Trinkets, I think Jimy is right. These are the perfect red beans! Everyone in New Orleans eats red beans on Monday--so over the years I have eaten many a plate of beans. I could never get my beans to that real creamy stage no matter how hard I tried. With recipe I did it!! The seasonings are perfect. I used ham from Dorignac's (the best ham in New Orleans) and this was the prefect pot of beans. Made for PAC Spring '09.