It is dangerous when I go to the grocery store without a list, particularly when it’s way too late on a Sunday night and I haven’t had anything to eat all day except Krispy Kreme donut holes and Welch’s fruit snacks and I’m starving and just got paid and the cats are out of food and OMG OMG grocery store emergency! So there I was at Kroger at 8:30 or 9:00 last night.
I started out fairly reasonably. I bought the cat food, ostensibly the primary purpose of the trip. I got butter, since I’ve been out of it for like two months and may need to use it again someday. I added some frozen dinners because I eat them a lot and they were on wicked major sale. And I got some ibuprofen, because I need it for the extremely ferocious and painful tomatoface sunburn I have right now. And then things started to go downhill.
Sugar-free limeade. Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies (I have recently decided that all other brands are inferior). Frosted Flakes, which I haven’t eaten for at least ten years if not longer. A bottle of pinot noir. Soup. Lots of soup. Mmm, soup. Soup soup soup. Ranch dressing. Sugar snap peas and baby carrots. And then there was the can of Ranch Style Beans.
I have a lot of readers who now live or once lived in Texas. I had never heard of Ranch Style Beans until someone mentioned them in comments or on their own blog. It was all in lowercase, and I was like, “what in the hell is a ranch style bean?” thinking maybe it was a method of cooking it or something. I was informed quickly that Ranch Style Beans are wonderful and awesome and very Texas and I didn’t think much about them after that.
But now my grocery store carries them. I know this is a fairly recent addition because I know my Kroger very well. I’m not sure why they started selling Ranch Style Beans all of a sudden, but I’m guessing someone requested them. They’ll usually order something for you if you ask for it.
So I have this can of Ranch Style Beans in my pantry and now I don’t know what to do with it. Do you just heat them up and eat them like that? Are you supposed to use them in a recipe or something? Are they really that good?