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Soaking dried beans

Since we've several very nice bean recipes already, I'd just like to post one 
hint: If you microwave the beans, covered with water [about two inches over 
the tops of the beans], on high for 15  minutes and then let the beans stand 
covered in the microwave container for another 15 minutes, you can cook them 
immediately. I just put a plate over the beans when I take them out of the 
microwave for their last 15 minutes. Be sure to pour the soaking liquid off 
afterwards and use fresh water for cooking (it's said to prevent gas, who am 
I to argue?).

Saves a lot of time & means a "last-minute" person such as myself can enjoy 
beans more often.

Laura Kennelly