Quick soak the beans: Put beans in a pot and cover with water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let soak for 1 hour. Drain
In the same pot, heat the olive oil. Add the onion
, jalapeno pepper, garlic, and bay leaf and cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the beans and cover with water by about 1 inch. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer
for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the beans are tender. Remove the bay leaf
and discard. Taste the beans and season them with salt and pepper.
Yield: 8 servings