May 9, 2011

The Bean Pot!

The Maine House is inspired! I happened to remember a little glass jar that appeared rather vintage to me as I was selecting a favorite baked bean recipe the other day. My Daddy loved Beans Supreme which came from my River Roads cookbook. This cookbook no longer contains it's cover, it is yellowed and worn, spotted and taped, just like an old, old book. If you ever come across a cookbook such as this, save it! This is a sure sign of lots of use, many good dinners, and family favorites. This makes me sound as if I am 100 years old, however, I probably started making Beans Supreme for Daddy in the 1980's! Anyway, what I was going to refer to was the little glass jars...remember these? There is a B and M bean production plant right here in Portland, Maine.

 B and M Brick Oven Baked Beans uses the traditional method of baking their beans in open pots in brick ovens. This time consuming process creates a highly flavorful bean reminiscent of old fashioned New England "bean suppers", and is a reason why B and M beans have been a New England favorite since 1927.

 So, I wanted to begin buying this Maine produced product and have thought of multiple uses for these precious little glass jars. As I was in the check out line at Hannaford's, the little high school girls bagging the groceries, stated how much they loved those little jars and we began a conversation on the fact that I too, loved them and all the various ways we could use them. Such as, little flower vases, as we brought in the fresh flower cuttings from our gardens, little desserts, iced tea and lemonade for our summer picnics, or a delightful cocktail when we wanted to be a little country, a vintage look in the bath for holding cotton balls or bath salts, a spare change jar, a small herb plant container for your kitchen window...the list goes on into infinity! Now, don't you want to run out and purchase some of your own? By the way, the beans are amazingly delicious without adding any other ingredients! "It's a good thing"...said Martha!

Beans Supreme
2 lbs. ground beef
1/4 cup bacon drippings
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 (4 ounce) jar mushrooms
1 (16 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1 can tomato soup
1 jar or canned (1 lb. 13 ounce) pork and beans
1 (16 ounce) can red beans
1 1/2 t. salt
Dash of cayenne pepper
1 T. Worcestershire Sauce
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Brown meat drippings in a heavy skillet and add onions, green pepper and mushrooms. Cook until vegetables are lightly browned. Add tomatoes, soup, beans, salt and Worcesthershire sauce. Put in a 2 1/2 quart casserole. Top with grated cheese and bake at 350 degrees F. Bake for 1 hour! You will keep this recipe and make it often. It is so very delicious for any season and can be used as just your main dish or a side dish!

Served with Garlic Cheese Beer Biscuits from Miss Patricia....
these will make you sing for your supper!!

 Estelle's Peach Cobbler 

Collector jars....It would suffice to mention that these little glass pots are deep amber/chocolate color, embellished with an image of the
 "First American Flag" and an image of
Betsy Ross sewing the flag!
How darling is that?

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