This is a good recipe and has alot of flavor. Red beans and rice 1 pound dried red beans 1 1/2 pounds smoked sausage cut into chunks 1 ham hock or ham bone 1 cup chopped onion 1 clove garlic minced 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon sage 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper salt to taste freshly cooked white rice Preparation: Soak beans overnight in cold water. Drain and put the beans in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add fresh water to cover, along with the sausage and ham, onion, garlic, thyme, pepper, sage, and cayenne. Bring to boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer until beans are tender, adding more water if necessary to keep them from drying out. This will take 2 to 3 hours. Add salt to taste. Discard ham bones. Remove about 1/4 cup of beans from mixture and mash; return to Dutch oven and stir. Simmer 15 more minutes. Serve over hot rice. Serves 6. Crock pot: In crock pot, combine beans with sausage and ham, onion, garlic, thyme, pepper, sage, cayenne, and 1 1/2 quarts water. Cover and cook on high 2 hours. Turn heat to low and cook, covered, 10 to 12 hours. Discard ham bones. Remove about 1/4 cup of beans from mixture and mash;. Return to crock pot and stir. Simmer 15 more minutes. Season with salt and serve with rice. Serves 6.