One of my precious keepsakes is a recipe binder my grandma made for me on my eighteenth birthday. She hand wrote each and every one and I can’t express how it makes me feel to look back on these colorful bits of paper knowing she did this for me. (She knew I needed all the help I could get! lol)
Back when I couldn’t decide how I wanted to spell my name 🙂
Today, I’ll share a staple from when Grandma was a young bride. Times were hard and meals had to stretch for a family of four.
First, the Corn Bread:
And then Baked Beans. As you can see, my handwriting is MUCH messier than hers! She told me this over the phone and I wrote it down. If you have an old bean pot to cook these in, they taste so much better!
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Navy Beans- small bag
1.5 tsp Baking Soda
Ham Bone or 2 cups cooked bacon
1/4 med onion, chopped fine
1/3 cup golden sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1.5 tbsp mustard
2.5 tbsp ketchup
Rinse a small bag of Navy Beans.
Place in dutch oven 3/4 filled with cold water; let swell for an hour.
Add Baking Soda, bring to a boil. Simmer 1-2 minutes until scum forms on top of water.
Drain into large colander and rinse well.
Rinse pot out, then add the beans and cover with water, about 2- 2.5 inches above the beans. Add a ham bone or cooked, cut pieces of bacon (approx. 2 cups)
Add onion, brown sugar, molasses, mustard, ketchup. Stir.
Bring back to boil. Place in oven and bake 3 hours. Watch the water. You may have to add a bit if it bakes down too quickly.
This will quickly become a staple in your home too, they’re delicious!