Cynthia Riggs' baked beans
A staple at church suppers, baked beans also make for festive parties, usually accompanied by brown bread and franks. (Tom Herde/Globe Staff) Tom Herde/Globe Staff

On Vineyard, family history is full of beans

By Clea Simon
Globe Correspondent / January 3, 2007

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For Cynthia Riggs, Boston baked beans are more than a dish. They're family history. "My mother always talked about my great-grandmother making Boston baked beans," recalls Riggs, a 13th-generation Islander, as residents of Martha's Vineyard prefer to be called. "It's a traditional New England thing. Every family I can think of would have baked beans on Saturday night, and each ... (Full article: 512 words)

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