NOURISH: to sustain with food; to strengthen or build up
My heart’s desire is that this site, whether this food blog or its companion blog “Outside of the Box” will find its way to your stomach and your spirit and in some way, nourish you.
My food is meant to comfort, just like your grandma’s food would do. It’s home-cooked, usually from scratch, that feeds my family and now, maybe yours!
My words are my story. Our stories are meant to nourish each other.
I am a sucker for good baked beans. I will forgo the burger for the baked beans. But, I’m sorta picky about how they are made.
Everyone has their own version, and different regions of the country seem to have specific baked bean flavors. Savory, BBQ, sweet, with veggies, with meat, straight from the can.
Personally, I have three kinds that I make and love. This spring I will make sure you have my recipe for Buttery Baked Beans, I have a quick variety which does involve starting with a famous brand canned beans, and then I have this gem passed down to me by my much-loved Aunt Doris. I love that she shared this recipe with me. I’m not sure how much she had shared it previously. I remember quite vividly how perturbed she was with me for not returning the favor and sharing my apple pie recipe with her. I still feel slightly bad about that, but only my kids get that one.
This recipe is mostly sweet and happily only five ingredients! Perfect with burgers or hot dogs or to bring to a picnic or potluck. Add some Old-Fashioned Potato Salad or Pasta Salad and you’ve got one heck of a yummy meal.
So, per the request of Aunt Doris’ kids, here is her amazing recipe for baked beans from scratch. She never wrote it down for me so this may be just a touch modified by yours truly, but it’s darn close to the original.
Drain and rinse four 15 oz. cans of Northern Beans. Put them in a heavy, covered 2 qt. pot or oven safe-dish.
Stir in the following:
3 T. molasses
1 can tomato soup
and 1 c. brown sugar.
Lay 4-6 slices of uncooked bacon over the combined ingredients.
Cover and bake at 300 degrees for 4 hours.. Stir well to break up the bacon and serve warm!
Aunt Doris’ Baked Beans Grocery List
4–15 oz. cans of northern beans
3 T. molasses
1 can tomato soup
1 c. brown sugar
4-6 slices of raw bacon
Hands down, my favorite fall dessert. Have I said that before? I really mean it this time. And honestly, it’s one of my all-time favorite desserts, period. It’s simple to make, yet it’s just the kind of homemade goodness we all need now and then. The name “brownies” is deceiving because it implies chocolate somehow, and there is not one lick of chocolate in this yumminess. But, I promise, you don’t need it. This is an easy, fantastic dessert on a weeknight, or it works perfectly for company as well. I got this recipe from an old cookbook I have called Some Enchanted Eating. Aptly named.
Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine 1 stick of softened butter
with 1 cup of sugar.
Add 1 egg. Mix well.
In a separate bowl, mix together
1 cup of flour,
1/2 tsp. baking soda,
1/2 tsp. baking powder,
1/4 tsp. salt,
and 1 tsp. (make it heaping) of cinnamon.
Add dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture. Peel and slice very thinly 3 medium apples, or enough to equal about 1 1/2 cups.
Add the apples to the batter, and spread into a buttered 8×8″ pan.
Sprinkle the top with a bit of cinnamon sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Make sure you have vanilla ice cream on hand as well as caramel topping-or my very favorite, butterscotch. It’s soooo good! I’m drooling just remembering. Enjoy!
Apple Brownies Grocery List
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 heaping tsp. cinnamon
3 medium apples
Vanilla ice cream
Butterscotch or caramel topping