Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tasty Thursday

I don't know about you but our weather lately has been pretty dog gone cold! Here is SW Virginia we have mostly moderate weather conditions but todays high was 30 degrees at 7:00 this morning with the temps dropping into the teens as the day progresses with a windchill in the single digits! Now that's cold for us!

So on a day like today there is nothing better than a stick to your ribs dish to serve your family. Last weekend I made Boston Baked Beans from my 1956 Betty Crocker Picture cookbook and it was declared a keeper by my family!

I got it this fall along with the book on the left at an thrift store. I love the photos in it. They are so bright and colorful.

Boston Baked Beans:

Soak overnight in cold water: 2 cups of navy beans that have been washed and picked through.

Simmer in same water until tender (1-2 hours).

Drain and save the water. Place in a 2 qt bean pot in layers: (and I just happen to have my husbands grandmothers bean pot!)

the drained beans, 1/2 pound of salt pork, and 1 sliced onion. ( I used what was called side meat in the grocery store and sliced it.)

Combine: 3 tablespoons of molasses

2 teaspoons salt

1/8 teasooon of pepper (I used much more)

1/4 teaspoon dry mustard.

Pour over beans and add just enough of the reseved liquid to cover the beans. Cover and bake. Now this is where I didn't read ahead on this recipe. It says to bake for 8 hours! I only baked mine for two hours and that was plenty of time! I also added a little more of the reserved liquid during the cooking time.

*** Cathy reminded me I didn't mention a temperature. Bake at 300 degrees.


Let me tell you these beans were out of this world good! Thick, slightly sweet and sooooo tender.

I served mine with Savory Cheese Scones which I highly reccomend. You can find the recipe over at http://mennonitegirlscancook.blogspot.com/.

Hope everyone has a great day!

Linda

8 comments:

Cathi said...

I have my Sweet Granny's bean pot. I may have to try this recipe. I have all the ingredients at home, even the navy beans (left over from making bean bags for the kids' game!). At what temperature do you bake the beans?

The Vintage Housewife... said...

hello kitten thanks for swingin by my place and let me say...I AM A BEAN POT! i love'm i have many many of them but never used them i'm gonna try it out! oh and honey i love the tammy doll....how amazing!!!! cat~

Linda said...

How nice you have your granny's pot! I bet that makes them taste even better!!

PEA said...

Yummmm, those beans look so good! My recipe is almost the same except that I also add some ketchup to the mixture.I've always used my gran's recipe:-) They also seem to taste so much better when cooked in those bean pots!!

The frigid temperatures seem to be affecting a lot of the States as well as Canada! This morning it was -40c which is -40f!!!! When it comes to -40 it's the same in celcius or farenheit...FRIGID! lol xoxo

glorv1 said...

Linda, those beans and scone look delicious. I can taste them. Thx for the recipe.

Kelli said...

What a delicious dinner, Linda! I'm going to have to try that recipe!
~Kelli

Mountain Mama said...

Oh YUM!!! I had to laugh when you told about the 8 hours. I made the same recipe several years ago and had to do a double take when I read the time.
It's sure worth it though when you tast the beans.

I never had cheese scones but it sounds perfect!

Linda C said...

Good morning, Linda!

I am tagging you for a picture meme. Come by and see:)

Linda C