Here's the recipe for spicy maple black beans that someone asked for. It is not really precise, cause I do it a bit differently each time. As I posted earlier, when I tried it in the crockpot, it didn't work, but I didnt' sautee the onions first, and I think if you do that, it will work fine.
Sautee chopped onions and/or garlic (1-2 onions, 2-4 cloves garlic) in olive oil. Add crushed red pepper, as much as you like -- I use about 2-3 teaspoons, I think) (this can be left out and then sprinkled on individual dishes at the end). Add 2 cans of un-drained black beans, or equivilant of soaked and pre-cooked dried beans. Add 1/2 -1 cup of real maple syrup ( I like grade B for better flavor) depending how sweet you like it. On the stove top, I cook this for 15-20 min, simmering to cook down liquid a bit, but not all the way. In the crockpot, it could probably be all day, or just a few hours, since you dont' really need to cook any of the ingredients, just get the flavors to combine. Also, maybe in a crockpot it would be good to drain the beans, since the liquid won't cook down?
I like this served over rice, with sharp cheddar cheese, or in a burrito, again with sharp cheddar. Yum.
Sorry if this is poorly written. I have mastitis and my brain is on s..l...o...w... today :LOL