Place beans and bay leaf in a 4 quart saucepan. Add enough water to cover beans by 2 inches. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 mintues. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour.
If necessary add more water to cover beans. Heat to boiling and reduce heat to simmer for 1 hour. If beans are boiled they will burst. Drain beans, reserve liquid and discard bay leaf.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Spray a medium saute pan with nonstick pan spray and saute onion and garlic until tender. Combine onion, garlic and all other ingredients, except beans, in a small bowl and stir to blend.
Add mixture to beans and mix thoroughly. Pour beans into a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish sprayed with nonstick spray. Cover and bake 2-3 hours or until beans are tender. Stir occasionally and add more bean liquid if beans become dry.
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