Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Baked Beans, Lucky Me

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?

8 comments:

  1. i've never made my own, but really want to! that was one of my childhood comfort foods :) plus, i'm from boston!

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  2. That looks amazing! Lucky you, Mary!
    I've never made baked beans before. I'll give this recipe a try, my family loves baked beans! :)

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  3. ooh that looks beautiful! i love baked beans! i've only ever tried the recipe from v'con, as far as making them myself goes - time to branch out, methinks!

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  4. YUMMY! That looks amazing and has totally made me crave baked beans.I've never made my own but I really want to give em a try.I'm gonna see if that recipe is in the tinternet.
    :)

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  5. Wow, what beautiful photos. It is still in the low 100s/high 90s here so I don't think I will be making these quite yet. But when it hits the chilly winter low of 65 degrees I'll give it a go!

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  6. I love this recipe:
    http://eatliverun.com/breakfast-recipes/homemade-baked-beans/

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  7. This sounds (and looks) delicious and comforting, indeed! My favorite recipe sounds somewhat similar to yours, with molasses, brown sugar, celery, green pepper, ketchup... but alas, mine is missing the rum! Which you have now convinced me is a key ingredient! Yaarrr! Avast, matey, a pirate's beans for me! (I have no idea what "avast" means, I just like saying it in my piratey voice). :-)

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