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July 6, 2017

Best Baked Beans Ever


I know I have these Baked Beans posted on another post 
but decided they needed a page of their own.

Outdoor barbecues, camping trips and picnics are in full swing right now 
and this is the perfect dish to include. Anyone that's had them says the same thing. 
Their favorite baked beans so far.


They truly are the best I've ever tasted and super easy to make.

Give them a try. I know you'll be happy you did.

Baked Beans

1/2 pound bacon, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp molasses
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 (16 ounce) pork and beans, undrained
1 (16 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans in sauce, drained (do not rinse)

Directions
Heat oven to 350*.

In a large skillet cook bacon, remove from pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. 

In the same skillet, drain part of the grease and cook the onion with a pinch of salt until it gets some color and is tender. Add the garlic and continue to cook 2-3 minutes. Place onion mixture into a large bowl and mix with all other ingredients, except beans and bacon, mixing well, then stir in beans and bacon.

Place in a greased 2-1/2-qt. casserole and bake covered for 40 minutes, uncover and cook an additional 25-30 minutes.


NOTE:  Make sure you pay attention to the cans of beans. To drain or not to drain.....that's the question.

November 4, 2016

Homemade Apple Butter


I've perfected my apple butter recipe and I love it!

This is the only one I will use.



I've made it several times and have finally gotten the perfect combination of 
sweet and tart, and the perfect level of spices.




This recipe makes somewhere around 3 pints depending on the size of apples you use.

My family goes through it so quickly, I don't even bother cooking/sealing the jars, but I do freeze the extra pints. They will keep in the freezer for many months.

Linked with Weekend Potluck and Foodie Friday.


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HOMEMADE APPLE BUTTER

4 lbs  assorted apples, peeled and cored (apprx. 10 apples)
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 cups water
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
pinch of salt
2 tsp of cinnamon (slightly rounded)
1/2 tsp cloves
Fresh nutmeg (10-13 swipes on your grater)
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Peel and core apples. I like to use a combination of 3 different types with one type always being granny smith. Use the peels and the core by placing them in some cheesecloth and tying it up with string. There is a lot of pectin in the core and flavor in the skin.

Place the apple slices into a large pot an nestle the cheesecloth in the middle. Add vinegar and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 min. or until apples are soft. Remove cheesecloth and discard (I use tongs to squeeze the juice out). Puree apples with either an immersion blender or counter top blender.

Add remaining ingredients. Simmer uncovered, stirring often, until thick. I let mine go at least an hour or so. It will depend on how juicy your apples where.


October 25, 2016

Honey Sriracha Bacon


This was lunch today.


Nothing else....no lettuce, tomato or bread. Just this bacon. 
Well, not ALL this bacon but some of it.

Not that it wouldn't be awesome on a sandwich. Ohhh, it would it would. 
Or with eggs in the morning, or whatever.

It's not just any bacon though.

This is Honey Sriracha Bacon. So so good, believe me. <-----name that guy.

It turned out even better than I anticipated and here's, I believe, the biggest reason why.


This honey right here.

It's called Big Dog Honey and comes from a honey bee farm right here in central Arkansas.


You can get it in decorative jars like this which would be great for gift giving
and then whoever is lucky enough to get it can make stuff like this bacon, or just the 
big beehive looking jars. And different sizes too.

It's 100 percent raw unfiltered, and it is fabulous.


You really need to check it out. 

You can pop over to Big Dog Honey on facebook and check out all the fun 
pictures and interesting tidbits here.


That way you can become friends with Big Dog himself....Bronson. 

Beautiful!

Linked with Weekend Potluck and Foodie Friday.

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HONEY SRIRACHA BACON

1/2 lb bacon
2 tbsp honey
1-2 tsp sriracha
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp soy sauce

Heat oven to 375*.

Place a baking rack coated with non-stick spray on a large baking sheet. Lay out bacon in a single layer. (You don't have to use thick cut bacon, but make sure it is not a really thin cut.)

Stir together remaining ingredients and brush on bacon.

Bake for 15-20 minutes.