Just got the cookbook and for my first go, tried to make the slow cooker white chicken chilli. Soaked the beans for as long as the recipe indicated (a bit longer, actually) and cooked everything for 8 hours in the crockpot. The beans never got soft. Tried cooking it on high for the last hour, and still no go. Had to pick out the chicken to have something to feed my husband, but otherwise, threw the whole batch out. If I ever try this recipe again, and I doubt I will, I would use canned beans instead.