Sometimes called - Baby Lima Beans

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3 cups boiling water

1 ½ tsp. salt

32 oz. (2 lbs.) baby butter or lima beans (fresh or frozen)

4 T. butter or margarine, cut into pats

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper





In a medium-large saucepan, bring the water and salt to a full boil.   Add the butter beans and stir.  Allow the butter beans to cook on full boil for about 1 minute; then reduced the heat to a very light boil.  Cook, uncovered, for about 12 minutes; then taste for tenderness.  The butter beans will probably need to cook about 15 minutes, but it is best to begin checking for tenderness early.  Remove the butter beans from the heat when they are just tender.  Do not overcook since they will continue to cook in the saucepan after removing it from the heat.


Add the butter and pepper, then gently stir to blend all ingredients.  The goal is to have whole, intact butter beans that are not mushy!  This is a recipe that freshly ground black pepper truly enhances.  Serves about 8.





When our daughter Genia was 14 years old, she was a councilor at Camp Grandview, a YWCA camp on a beautiful hill just north of Montgomery, Al.  The 2-week summer camps were for swimming, horseback riding, archery, bon-fires with cookouts, and lots of camp songs for the young girls.

My husband, Joe, was a corporate pilot in Montgomery when he met another corporate pilot who was moving near our home.  The pilot and his wife were moving to Camp Grandview, which is also near our home.  She was to be the new camp director.   We became friends and our children loved our new “fun” friends who owned horses!

The new camp director was an all-time favorite at Camp Grandview with the campers.  She had a magnetic personality, played the guitar and sang.  There were lots of fun “camp songs” being sung all day and into the evenings!   One of Genia’s favorites to sing with the campers was:

Just a bowl of butter beans,

Pass the cornbread, if you please,

I don’t want no (sic) black-eyed peas,

Just a bowl of butter beans!

As luck would have it, the popular camp director was someone you may have heard of – Jett Williams.  She is the daughter of country singer/song writer, Hank Williams.   At that time in her life, Jett, was not absolutely sure that Hank Williams was her father.

Of course, there is much, much more to that long, discovery saga.  Most of it involved many of the elements of a fascinating novel!  Actually there has been a book written about it, Ain’t Nothing As Sweet As My Baby by Jett Williams.


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