Now, I DO know that beans need to be rinsed and soaked, but I'm not sure how long this particular blend would need to be soaked for. Ideally I'd like to make this in the crock-pot, but I have long since determined that I am more or less crock-pot challenged and without a Very Clear Recipe, bad things happen.
That said, I have a pretty spiffy recipe for split pea soup (but it calls for smoked ham hocks which are [a] unnerving for a wuss like me to cook with, because, hello, FEET and [b] difficult to find around here). However, I can probably tweak the recipe accordingly.
MY QUESTION TO YOU, DEAR F-LIST IS THIS: Anyone got a good slow-cooker recipe for calico bean soup? I have searched the recipe databases of teh internets and am coming up with ... not a whole lot, really. Additionally, if you've got a good split pea soup recipe that you think might work well with what I've got, I'm all ears.
And on that note, if you've got ANY slow-cooker recipes, I'd love to hear 'em. I've got a great cookbook, but the prep for most of the recipes is ... kind of time consuming, which, IMHO, sort of defeats the purpose of using a slow-cooker to begin with.