Baked Beans

Homemade baked beans are beyond delicious - even people who think they don¿t like beans can¿t resist homemade. They make a fantastic side dish or main course: serve them with corn bread on the side and their a meal on their own, or pair the baked beans with hearty meats and a green salad for a casual dinner.

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Baked Beans: Give 'Em an Easy Flavor Makeover!

It almost goes without saying that when it comes to convenience, nothing beats canned baked beans. But when it comes to flavor -- eh, the results are mixed. Too sweet, too salty or just plain too gloppy, canned baked beans are to cookouts what cornflakes are to breakfast: easy, quick ... but nothing to write home about. Still, it's hard to resist just pouring 'em in the saucepan and heating 'em up, especially when you've got a big group in the back yard waiting on the grub. But here's an idea: what about a baked bean reciperead more

What a Crock! 6 Delish Baked Bean Recipes, from Fast to Slow

If television commercials are to be believed, a pot of baked beans is so magical it can make a dog talk. While we know that's pretty unlikely (to say the least), we will agree that baked beans are delicious enough to make just about any summertime gathering that involves, say, a grill or a picnic even better. A staple of cookouts ever since cowboys cooked them over campfires, baked beans are a must-have at summer barbecues.

Brits Aim to Serve Gold-Medal Grub at Olympics

London is known for many things -- but let's face it: gold medal-worthy food isn't one of them. (Yeah, we'll pass on the baked beans in tomato sauce. And the bangers and mash.

Supermarket Savvy: Dried vs Canned Beans

I spend weeks before the holidays in a magical flurry of white flour, cinnamon, and powdered sugar, so after the last cookie is eaten, I need savory foods to restore the balance. For inspiration, I interviewed pastry chef Amanda Milazzo at Cakery Dauphine to see what she prepares at home to offset all those sweets. Beans and legumes, she says, are her go-to foods.

Easy New Year's Resolutions: Get Lean Mean Beans

When you stock your pantry with beans, you always have a terrific lean source of protein, fiber, iron, and B vitamins handy. Plus, beans are "good carbs," the complex carbohydrates that give you more energy. Stretch beyond the old-fashioned baked beans (although they're pretty delicious, too). We're talking three-bean chili made with black, kidney, and small white beans -- a winner with two thirds less fat and half the calories of chili that uses even lean ground beef. Looking for kid-pleasers? Try this ultraeasy smashed bean dip or this Mexican black bean pizza. New Year'sread more

Red Beans and Rice: 30-Minute Meal

They don't call New Orleans the Big Easy for nothing. Life moves at a gentler pace in Louisiana, where folks even take their cooking slow, in order to bring out the best flavors. Red beans and rice is a signature of Creole Louisiana, a dish that was traditionally served on Mondays, acquiring one of its key ingredients--a ham bone--from the baked ham that was customarily eaten on Sundays.

How to Cook a Honey-Glazed Ham

Once you learn how to cook a honey-glazed ham in your own kitchen you'll find it's just as easy to make one at home as it is to make the trip to a specialty store for a pre-sliced ham with a packet of glaze. What's more, you'll find the homemade version is considerably less expensive.

MyPlate Meals: 5 Healthy Hearty Bean Dinners

Beans -- in soups like chunky minestrone and in powerhouse chili or even as the basis for a jazzy salad-- are not just healthy and good for you. They're the stuff of legend. Think about it: Every Western movie features beans, right? At least in one scene of cowboys around the campfire at dinnertime. Cowboys knew that beans were so good for them -- practically a meal all by themselves. We aren't suggesting you eat like a cowboy and chow down on a can of beans with nothing else. What we are saying is that, with the right recipes andread more

Pulled Pork Perfection

Pulled pork ought to have the same patriotic status as apple pie--it's that popular and a delicious way to prepare meat that's especially great for summertime meals. Cook it any way you like--and we've got plenty of suggestions here--and turn pulled pork into a terrific sandwich, a main dish, or use it to fill quesadillas or tacos. Easy as pie.

10 Good-for-You Bean Recipes: Cheap & Healthy Foods

I have a friend who claims that the only baby toy you need is a jar full of dried beans. Although it's true that dried beans are beautiful and that they rattle if you shake them, I have a bad feeling about using a jar as a baby toy. (And really, my kids would have enjoyed this toy for about six seconds.)

Molasses, the Natural Sweetener: Real Healthy

Do you have a bottle of molasses languishing in the back of your pantry -- one that only comes out once or twice a year for that holiday gingerbread recipe or homemade baked beans? If so, it's time to bring this neglected ingredient up to the front of the cupboard. Blackstrap molasses, which is a byproduct of sugar refining, is one of the most nutritious sweeteners available.

How to Make Chicken Enchiladas

If you've shied away from learning how to make chicken enchiladas, you're not alone. While tacos and even burritos seem fairly manageable, enchiladas can be intimidating, from the filling to the sauce to the bubbling melted cheese. Rise above your fear! Enchiladas are surprisingly easy to make--even a cooking newbie can pull off this Mexican meal.

Taco Salad: Make the Takeout

The idea of eating the "bowl" your taco salad comes in is half the fun of ordering one at your favorite Mexican joint. Those curvy crisp tortillas cradling spicy meat, along with beans, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and a sprinkling of cheese are great one-dish meals, where, yes, the dish is edible. But even though they might have salad as part of their name, the taco salad you eat at the cantina or pick up to go often has a deep-fried shell and is loaded with fat (in the form of huge blobs of sour cream and beans refried in lard.

8 Thanksgiving Side Dishes Every Table Needs

Just as every Hollywood superstar needs a supporting cast to really shine, turkey needs side dishes for the Thanksgiving meal to be complete. Some might argue that Thanksgiving isn't even Thanksgiving without the sides! We've got eight Thanksgiving side-dish recipes that every holiday table must have--tried-and-true traditional recipes that aim to please.

Mexican Black Bean Pizza: Dinner for $10

This month at Dinner for $10 we're all about Meatless Mondays and sharing some of our favorite family-friendly vegetarian main dishes. And somewhere close to the top of that list is this Mexican Black Bean Pizza. Yes, pizza! What could be more family-friendly than that? Here, a tasty, easy-to-make blend of canned black beans, cilantro and a dash of spicy seasoning is topped with cheese (gotta have plenty of cheese!) and chopped red pepper and green onion. Baked til bubbly, it's eminently delicious and wonderfully satisfying. Using refrigerated pizza dough, it's crazy easy to make, too -- justread more

Celebrate William & Kate's New Baby With..."Royal" Cheese??

Is there some sort of weird English tradition we don't know about (kind of like big hats at horse races and baked beans for breakfast) that involves celebrating a new baby with cheese? Otherwise, Whole Foods' announcement of its limited-time-only "William and Kate Royal Addition Cheddar Cheese" is entirely baffling to us. Even with the substitution of "Addition" for "Edition," it doesn't seem quite cheeky enough to be ironic. And we're talking about Whole Foods here -- probably one of the least ironic store brands out there (what with all that sustainably harvested fish and organic produce). read more

3 Things to Make With...Kielbasa

There are a lot of sweet aromas to fill your kitchen come fall, like baked apples and pumpkin bread, but we've got a few savory favorites, too, and at the top of the list is the rich, smoky scent of kielbasa cooking in the skillet. It's no surprise then that this smoked sausage is right at home in any number of comforting recipes that are sure to warm you up on those chilly autumn nights. Since kielbasa freezes wonderfully, it's easy to stock up and have on hand when you're in the mood for a quick but hearty dinner.

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