Last weekend I got better acquainted with one of my blog readers, Lynnette. I had met her briefly when she visited our church one Sunday morning and then again when we visited the place where she works a couple of times while Megan and Drew were here visiting. We enjoyed visiting with her in our home last weekend and hearing about her family's ministry in New York City and how the Lord led them to move there.
Another blog reader, Rhonda, asked about the side dish in my recent post about the chicken sandwiches. The dish is called Calico Beans and is greatly enjoyed in our family. Here's the recipe:
6 slices bacon or turkey bacon
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup catsup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. cider vinegar
16 oz. can pork and beans (drain slightly if there's a lot of liquid)
16 oz. can kidney beans (drain and rinse)
16 oz. can lima or butter beans (drain and rinse) ( I used 2 cups of frozen baby limas, cooked)
Cook bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon from the skillet, let it cool on paper towels and then crumble it and set aside. Drain all but 1 Tbsp. of the bacon grease. Cook the onion in the skillet until it is translucent. Remove from heat and combine with the catsup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, and the beans. Place in a greased 2 1/2-3 quart casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 mins. You can also prepare this in a crockpot for a few hours. (Everything is cooked, so you are basically warming and thickening the mixture a bit.) Top with the crumbled bacon before serving. You can make this into a main dish by cooking about 1/2 pound of ground beef along with the onions.
This is a favorite of my daughter-in-law, Katie. (We even served them at Mark and Katie's rehearsal dinner.) I hope you will try it when you need a good bean dish.
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