What’s a Cookout without Beans?

Tomorrow is the 4th of July – and for most Americans that means just two things. First, hanging out with friends and family. Second, having a barbecue, be it in the backyard, the park or a beach somewhere. It’s all about having a good time.

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Gotta Have Those Beans!

If tomorrow is the 4th of July, then today is National Eat Your Beans Day. I wonder if this day was chosen as a prep day for the beans we will surely be serving tomorrow, or if we’re actually supposed to cook our beans and eat them, too.

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Have You Had Your Beans Today?

Today is National Eat Your Beans Day. All things considered, it’s a fair question – have you had your beans today? I don’t know about the rest of the world, but one of the first things that vanished from the grocery store shelves, besides toilet paper, were beans. Canned beans in particular, but dried beans as well.

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Red River Valley Baked Beans

My Dad loves his beans. Every family barbecue or pot luck that will allow a big pot of beans, and I am there, trying out new recipes or dusting off one of the old family favorites. The only two gatherings that I can think of that I don’t make beans is Thanksgiving and Christmas. Maybe some day . . . but for now I’m thinking Labor Day.

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Guy Fieri’s Old-School Baked Beans

Two years ago, just ahead of the Memorial Day mad dash to Costco, Hubby and I went in for big hunks of everything. The year before we had gotten a great deal on King Crab Legs, and had planned to make King Crab Legs again. Much to our dismay, Costco did not stock the crab legs we were looking for, so we settled on Snow Crab Legs instead. Maybe there was an issue with King Crab that year.

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Three-Day Old Fashion Boston Baked Beans

Did the name scare you off? Gosh, I hope not. While these delicious Baked Beans may take a while, I promise you aren’t going to spend the next three days slaving away in the kitchen. In reality, this dish could be made in two days – an overnight soak and cooking the next day. However; between the simmering and baking, you are investing about 5 or 6 hours of cooking in a single day. I like my beans to be ready about mid-afternoon for family gatherings, so I start mine three days ahead. It beats the heck out of rolling my lazy butt out of bed at the crack of dawn. Okay, I’m up with the chickens anyway, but I need about a gallon of coffee before my brain is fully awake.

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