Food & Drink

Red beans, rice worth waiting for

My husband and I began dining at Crook's Corner in early 1989. They have recently added their Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice back to the menu after a four-year absence. Will the chef share this terrific recipe? -- M.A.C., Cary

Bill Smith, executive chef at Crook's Corner (610 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill; 929-7643; www.crookscorner.com) is happy to, um, spill the beans about his version of this Cajun/Creole classic. Smith also shares the secrets of another bayou country favorite, Gumbo z'Herbes.

Recipes

Gumbo z'Herbes

Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice

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