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Cook's Corner

I am what many would call a "Foodie" - amateurs who simply love food and/or drink for consumption, study, preparation and news.

 

Now the statement above should make it clear that I do not have any formal training when it comes to food preparation. I have, however, been told that I am a pretty good cook and I hope you enjoy reading this column as much as I enjoy writing it. 

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Not too hot, not too sweet equals just right: Old Settlers Baked Beans

Colleen Ithier, Settler Baked Beans, Baked Beans, Lauren Ithier

 

Baked beans are like chocolate chip cookies.. everyone has a recipe and swears that theirs are the best. This next recipe is a baked bean recipe I tried while attending the high school graduation party of my cousin Lauren Ithier. Her mother Colleen was kind enough to share the recipe after I saw everyone devouring them during the party. They were delicious and just sweet enough.  

Old Settlers Baked Beans

Ingredients

1½ pound ground beef
1 pound bacon, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup ketchup
½ cup barbecue sauce
4 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 16 ounce can pork and beans
1 16 ounce can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 16 ounce can great northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 can butter beans
1 can lima beans
1 can Bush’s baked beans


Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Brown and drain the ground beef, bacon and onion until the meat is done and the onions are tender. Drain the fat then add the next 8 ingredients and mix well. Combine all of the beans and add them to the mixture. Bake in large casserole, covered in foil for 1 hour; may be frozen after baking.    

Helpful hints

Colleen does like spice, and while the beans are delicious as is, I would suggest a bit of hot sauce. This recipe is great for potlucks, parties and travels well in a Crockpot. 

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