Family Favorites - Baked Beans

This recipe is from a 1954 Betty Crocker’s Good and Easy Cook Book I’ve had since college, maybe the first cookbook of my own. It’s so well used it has the binding taped up. I like the book because most of the recipes use little or only basic convenience foods because it’s so old. I have changed the recipe a little to reflect newer cooking methods and our tastes, but it’s simple and good.
If you have children at your meal, or you think your guests may not be adventurous eaters, simple but good recipes like this are just right. The cookbook’s menu is bacon wrapped cheese-stuffed hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, relish plate, rye bread, cheese and crackers and brownies and fresh apples.  Sounds like a 4th of July to me!
Baked Beans
1/3 Cup Onion -- finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Butter
2 Cans Baked Beans With Pork and Tomato Sauce -- 15 ounce
2 Tablespoons Molasses -- or brown sugar
2 Tablespoons Chili Sauce or ketchup
1 Tablespoon Prepared Mustard
3 Strips Bacon -- crumbled
Microwave the butter and onions 3 minutes in a 1 1/2 quart casserole. Stir in remaining ingredients except bacon, bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour. Microwave or cook bacon, crumble, top casserole and bake an additional 10 minutes until thick.
Yield: "1 Quart" 6 servings
Per Serving: 142 Calories; 4g Fat (26.5% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 22g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 14mg Cholesterol; 476mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.

Happy Birthday Myrna


  1. Oh this is so funny that you posted about this book. I was setting up my garage sale and I sat it out. Then I quickly grabbed it back. I don't think I could let it go!

    I have never used any of the recipes, so I will certainly do it now. I have a hard time letting go of cookbooks, but I can't keep them all!

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi, Mecky,
      You'd better try a few recipes from your's one we like
      Macaroni Saute
      We also like the salad dressings and desserts in this book

  2. That was the first cook book I ever had, too, and I got it when I was in college! My future MIL gave it to me in 1962, I think it was. The recipes in there are all great . . . simple, down home cookin'! Mine is held together with a big rubber band and I'll never part with it.

    Happy Belated Birthday, Myrna!

  3. Thanks for the Birthday Wishes. So glad to see you are posting once in awhile. Missed reading your blog. Hope the weather has warmed up for you.

  4. Happy Belated Birthday Myrna. I have fallen a little behind lately but hope you day was a happy one!


  5. Thanks Diane
    Though maybe at my age I need to stop counting them.

    1. Hi Myrna, Just subscribed today, July 12, 2013. Happy Belated Birthday to you. I, too, just celebrated my 16th anniversary of my 39th birthday on June 27. And I'm not "counting" either.
      My Better Homes & Gardens cookbook was published in 1963 and my son has asked me to take good care of it. The blank page edges are marked up with my comments. He loves the Baked Bean recipe in it and the Cheesecake recipe is to die for. I'm just north of you at 50616.

  6. Hi Midnight Baker, Thanks for joining us. Thanks also for the Birthday Wishes. Glad you enjoy your BH&G cookbook, they are among our favorite books.


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