Monday, June 22, 2009

I'm getting very exicted !

A view of Bellagio from the lake

My trip to Italia is very near! I leave on Friday for Milan. From Milan I catch a bus to Como, then take the ferry to Bellagio. I have rented a small apartment for two weeks and plan to make day trips from there around the lake.

my Bellagio Apartment

I am signed up for a few cooking classes and have a long list of must sees! I have been studying
my Italian very hard, and think I can at least order food and wine! I plan on taking lots of pictures of food, places, people, and cool stuff to post on my blog when I return.


Father's Day baked beans

This Father's Day we also had a graduation and
a birthday to celebrate!

With lots of people, and not a lot of time to cook.
We decided to do hamburgers, hot dogs, and
brats on the grill. In addition to the grilled meat,
I also got some chips, and made some easy, make ahead baked beans. Everyone loved them and wanted the recipe. It's very simple and can be made the day before and just reheated.

Baked Beans at Ted's

this recipe will feed 8-12 people ( the leftovers are great!)

1 large can Bush's baked beans (original)
1 pound hamburger
1/2 pound bacon chopped
1 14oz can diced tomatoes
1 14oz canned chili beans (mild)
1 small sweet onion
1 clove crushed garlic
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
1 heaping table spoon brown sugar
2 table spoons salsa verde
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon course ground pepper

In a large frying pan brown the bacon, be sure not to overcook. Drain off excess fat and then add
crushed garlic, hamburger, and onions. Continue to cook over med-high heat until the hamberger
is cooked and the onions are soft. Note you do not want to brown the meat.

Add diced tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, salsa, sugar, and salt & pepper. Keep stirring until it
all comes to a boil. Turn off.

In a large oven baking dish add your canned baked beans and chili beans, then cover with
the meat and tomato mixture. Stir it all together well and put in 350 degree oven to bake.

I like to cook them covered for about and hour then take the cover off and cook another
half hour.