Red beans are a quintessentially New Orleans dish. Traditionally, they were prepared on Mondays, which was wash day. The beans could cook most of the day, largely unattended, while the lady of the house tackled the laundry. They are still a traditional Monday special in many New Orleans restaurants.
I love beans and rice, and could pretty much eat them every day. So regardless of what day it is, soak some beans tonight and make red beans tomorrow! If you need a recipe or some help, please let me know. The photo is from a large batch Jennifer made recently- they were delicious!