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We love pork and beans, especially with hot dogs, hamburgers or really any kind of barbeque

  • 2 pounds dried pinto or navy beans (I recommend navy beans)
  • 1 large onion (about 1-pound), peeled, halved and sliced
  • 4 canned plum tomatoes, seeded and crushed (I used fresh roma tomatoes, sliced in half)
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 12 whole cloves (I recommend reducing to 8, as the cloves almost overpowered the flavor)
  • 1/2 cup dark-brown sugar, packed (increase to 3/4 if you like sweeter beans)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 12 ounces salt pork, sliced
4.4/5 (30 Votes)

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Bottom line, this is one of the best (truly) grilled steak recipes you will ever make or taste! The marinade is pac...

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (I used reduced-sodium)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (I reduced to about 2/3)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I reduced to 1/8)
  • 1 (2 1/2-pound) beef flap meat*
  • Flap meat is sold as whole steaks, strips, and pieces. For even pieces, buy a whole steak of uniform size and cut it up yourself.
3.9/5 (103 Votes)

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Nana's Small Fried Apple Pies are the perfect summertime treat, because they are incredibly easy to make and they a...

  • PIES:
  • 2 Pillsbury pie crusts
  • 2 apples
  • 1/4 cup sugar optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • ICING:
  • 1 teaspoon softened butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons milk
4.4/5 (27 Votes)

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Pinto beans are on the top of my list as my favorite

  • Salt
  • 1 pound (2 1/2 cups) dried pinto beans, picked over and rinsed
  • 30 sprigs fresh cilantro (1 bunch)
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 2 poblano chiles*, stemmed, seeded, and chopped fine (reduce to one poblano to cut back on the heat. Two was borderline too spicy for us!)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup Mexican lager
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 limes, quartered
  • 2 ounces Cotija cheese, crumbled (1/2-cup)
4.6/5 (16 Votes)

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I've never made my own ground beef, for burgers, because

  • 2 pounds sirloin steak tips*, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted and buttered (I prefer brioche burger buns)
  • NOTE: *sirloin steak tips is also known as "flap meat". It doesn't sound pretty, but don't let that discourage you. It's delicious. I buy mine at Costco.
4.4/5 (17 Votes)

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Classic potato salad recipe that is perfect for picnics, barbecues or any time!

  • 3 1/2 pounds potatoes, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup cooked crispy thick cut, bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped, or 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground mustard
4.6/5 (9 Votes)

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The sweetness of the fresh figs, with cream brie and the saltiness of the prosciutto works in harmony that deliver...

  • Fresh figs, cut in half
  • Brie, cut into small squares
  • Prosciutto
  • Skewers
4.5/5 (8 Votes)

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When the weather warms up, it's time to pull out the grill and have a cookout

  • SALAD:
  • 4 cups cabbage, sliced about 1 cup per person
  • 2 cups carrots, shredded
  • DRESSING:
  • 4 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
3.8/5 (57 Votes)

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While I keep canned beans in my pantry for emergencies, I much prefer to soak and cook my own beans

  • 4 cups pinto beans (soaked in water, overnight)
  • 4 slices of thick cut bacon (or ham hock, or salt pork or ham)
  • 1 hamhock, optional (I had one in the freezer, so I added with bacon...we love the flavor)
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, finely minced (this is my own personal touch)
  • 1 to 2 onions, finely chopped (I love them, so in they went)
  • Seasonings (after beans cooked, and to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of ground black pepper
  • Dash of hot sauce (we love it)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin, optional (I love it, so I added that)
4.4/5 (18 Votes)

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From "Cuisine At Home Magazine" With smoky bacon, sweet root beer, and a buttery bread crumb topping, everyone’s ...

  • BEANS:
  • 4 strips thick-sliced bacon, diced
  • SWEAT:
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
  • DEGLAZE:
  • 2 cups root beer
  • 2 cans pinto beans (15-ounces each), drained and rinsed
  • 1 can tomato purée (10.75-ounces)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons each, Worcestershire sauce and cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon each, Tabasco sauce, root beer extract, and kosher salt
  • TOPPING, PULSE:
  • 3 slices white bread, buttered
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
4.5/5 (13 Votes)

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Yes, you read that right. You can make your own homemade hamburger buns, in an hour

  • OPTIONAL:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (King Arthur Flour recommended)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour* (or bread flour. King Arthur Flour recommended)
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package instant yeast (I used Fleischmann's Rapid Rise Yeast)
  • 2 tablepoons white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons poppy or sesame seeds
4/5 (26 Votes)

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This recipe is on the Pioneer Woman's blog, but these photos are my own

  • 2 whole ribeye steaks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 whole large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cups crumbled blue cheese
4.4/5 (12 Votes)

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