i grew up eating beans and cornbread. mainly pinto beans and butterbeans. always considered a cheap source of protein and a meat alternative for those who were too poor to afford much meat. it's one of those things i have always enjoyed for many years. my grandmother cooked beans and cornbread all the time, and i think that later on in life it just became one of those things she never gave up, even though they could afford meat on a more regular basis than years before. but i loved my grandmother's beans. she would slow cook them on the stove, and usually would season them with some sugar, pepper and some pork fat back. when she cooked butter beans, she would usually use a ham bone for seasoning in them. now her cornbread was amazing. she did the fried skillet method of making cornbread. made her cornbread mix from scratch, poured it into a heated skillet on the stove, and then finished cooking it in the oven. she would always put some sugar in her cornbread and it was so good that it and some butter in the middle was just so good. my favorite beans were the slow cooked pinto beans, served with cornbread, some soft fried potatoes, collard greens cooked with some bacon grease and salt pork, some fresh sweet onion and a dash of Louisiana Hot Sauce! served with a huge glass of iced sweet tea. didn't really need any meat, but we usually had some pan fried pork shops or fried chicken to go with it. and sometimes she would make some fried okra to go along with it as well. and i live me some good fried okra! especially the way my grandmother made it. for many years now, i have come to where i can afford to eat pretty much anything i want, but i still love some good beans and cornbread and always will. it's something that i grew up with and takes me back to my Southern roots. my wife growing up similar to the way i did, she too loves them, and she makes a pretty good batch of them. so tell us your recipes or memories of eating good old Southern style cooking!