One of the best things I like about living in New England is Fall. I enjoy everything about it – the changing colors of the foliage; the sound of crisp leaves crunching under my feet as I take an evening walk; the smell of wood stoves burning; and trips to the cider mills.
Also right up there are comfort foods – which to me means casseroles and slow cookers!
I recently had the opportunity to vote for the upcoming cover of the Betty Crocker Casseroles and Slow Cooker magazine which goes on sale December 29.
My choice was Cover #1. I liked it because I collect pretty and functional casserole dishes. I also have a collection of casserole dishes that were passed down to me from my Grandmom (who lived to be 101) and from my own mom.
Some of the cool things that will be in this issue are:
- There are 120 great-tasting recipes
- 32 quick-prep casseroles
- Hearty fix-it-and-forget-it slow cooker recipes like Chili Mole, Easy Beef Short Rib Supper and Beef and Barley Soup
- Yummy side dish casseroles like Roasted Cauliflower and Carrots with Asiago and Orange, and Brie Mashed Potatoes
- New ideas for brunch Upside-Down Caramel Latte Bake, Phyllo Egg Breakfast Torte and Overnight French Toast Bake with Berry Topping
- Cozy desserts such as Raspberry-Pear Granola Crisp, Caramel-Coffee Fondue and Ginger Orange Pound Cake
The cover receiving the most votes will be featured on the issue of the magazine which goes on sale December 29th. I hope #1 wins!
I’d like to share my favorite Baked Bean Casserole recipe with you. It was shared by a co-worker, and I use it all year long – it’s great for summer picnics, barbecues, or you could make and take to brunch or holiday gatherings!
New England Baked Bean Casserole
What You’ll Need:
1/4 cup oil
2 chopped onions
1 lb ground beef
1 tsp salt
2 TBL mustard
2 tsp cider vinegar
2 lb pork & beans (canned)
1 lb kidney beans, drained
1 cup ketchup
(I also like to fry about 3/4 lb. bacon with the onions, and then crumble the bacon and add it to the finished dish)
How To Make It:
Heat oil. Fry onions. Brown beef (drain off some
grease if necessary). Add rest of ingredients. Bake
400 30 minutes.