There is nothing more satisfying, than throwing a few ingredients together and having your house fill with delicious odors. A family meal doesn't have to take a long time to make, it can be as simple as beans in a pot. My cowboy beans are so satisfying, and enjoyed by everyone in the family, they make a good dish to bring to a buffet or even a summer meal, alongside the fresh veggies you will be pulling from the garden. The history of the name escapes me, but it is a staple meal on the farm. I have used a number of types of bean for this dish, so use what you have. enjoy!