With the temperature below freezing this morning and frost still on the grass, I began a slow-cooking batch of that classic New England comfort food, baked beans. The recipe I follow most often, from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, is a sweet, mild mix of beans, winter vegetables, molasses, mustard, allspice, and dark rum (I keep a bottle on hand for just these occasions; it makes me feel like a pirate). Sometimes, if I'm in a cowboy mood, I use a recipe for Smokey Maple Baked Beans from The Whole Foods Market Cookbook, with lots of chipotle, jalapeno, and syrup. I especially like them poured over a naturally gluten-free baked potato.
This evening, for the first time since April, I needed mittens to walk the dogs. Nothing warms me up from the inside out like a bowl of hot baked beans.
Do you have a favorite baked bean recipe?