Baked Beans on the Grill

These are super yummy …

4 slices of cooked bacon cut into small pieces
1 large can of Bush’s Baked Beans
1 regular size can of black beans
1/2 green bell pepper chopped
1/2 onion chopped
1/3 c packed brown sugar
3 garlic cloves minced
Hot peppers of your choice (I do a mixture of cayenne, jalapeno, and red hot cherry peppers)
Spicy mustard
Salt & Pepper
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce

Baked Beans

Mix together in iron skillet and place on grill on INDIRECT heat for about an hour. After thickened and bubbly, remove and let sit 10-15 minutes. Mix together and yummy! This is perfectly fine to store for leftovers … tastes just as good reheated.


Western Bacon Burgers

Western Bacon BurgerBacon Burger Patties
Sautéed onions and jalapeños
Onion rings
BBQ sauce
Pepper jack cheese

Grill bacon burgers in a cast iron pan or on the grill. Sautée onions and jalapeños; if you’re doing the burgers on the grill, put them into a piece of tinfoil, sprinkle some virgin olive oil over the top, and close up and place onto grill next to burgers. The grill will slowly cook the veggies and they are so good.

Put in the onion rings to the fryer, they take about three minutes. Melt cheese on burgers and I also prefer a toasted bun. Place burger on bun once cheese is melted, add sautéed onions and jalapeños, onion rings, and top with BBQ sauce. That’s it, no ketchup, mustard or relish. It’s wonderful.

Serve with baked beans for a complimentary side dish.


The Real Bacon Burger

Happy Fourth of July!

This is a quick, simple way to spice up burgers and make something a little different.

1 lb. ground beef
6 slices of bacon ground up (See Meat Grinder post)

Ground Bacon

Mix together, I use my hands to make sure the ground bacon is thoroughly in the meat without any large clumps. Make patties and then grill! If you do not wish to grill them, then cut them into individual squares and put in ZIploc Bag. You can either refrigerate them if you plan to use them in the next day or so, otherwise store them in the freezer. It’s a quick thaw and when separated with wax paper, the burgers come right off.

Bacon Burger

You can use different toppings on these burgers to make them extra tasty! Add pineapple – goes great with Hawaiian themed parties, or you can my favorite Western Bacon Burgers – which I’ll post that recipe next week!


Many Uses of the Kitchen Aid Mixer: Meat Grinder

I’d like to talk about the meat grinder attachment that one can use on their Kitchen Aid mixer. It’s a little bit more expensive than I would have thought (and wanted) and I still bought it because I was determined to make Real Bacon Burgers (recipe to be posted next week). I bought it and came home and put it on, pretty easy. This is what it looks like when attached correctly to the mixer:

Meat Grinder

You do not place the bowl where it normally goes, it will have to bet set on your counter underneath the grinder exit to ensure that it catches all the ground up meat. Slowly turn on the mixer (where the beater normally goes will still rotate even though it has no use with the grinder) and place the meat you wish to grind up in the top of the grinder. Use the provided utensil to push the meat through.

Meat Grinder

It’s great, in this picture is ground up bacon.


Off to New York!

No, not NYC, the Buffalo area. I’m dropping my kids off at my parents house for six weeks. They will get to have such a nice summer surrounded in green, whereas in Tucson it’s 100+.

My postings during this time will be few and far between as I’ll be enjoying the kid-free time with my husband (and I don’t really like cooking when it’s so hot!)

Enjoy the summer!



Pizza Sauce II

1 12 oz. can tomato paste
1 1/2 c. water
1 tsp. ground oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. onion powder
2 garlic cloves, minced

Mix dry ingredients and set aside.

Mix together paste with water over heat, when it bubbles add dry mix.

Simmer uncovered, 35-40 minutes.



This recipes makes A LOT of salsa, I mean a lot. So use this as a base and cut it down for what you need, or heck double it and jar up the salsa.

14 large jalapenos
8 tomatoes
3 large garlic cloves
1 bunch of cilantro
1 large onion
Salt & Pepper
Crushed red pepper

Bring water to boil and put first five ingredients in pot and boil for 40 minutes. Drain, put all ingredients into a blender. Add salt, pepper and red pepper to taste.



3 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
Dash of salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chopped nuts (optional)

In saucepan over low heat melt chips, milk and salt. Remove from heat and stir in nuts and vanilla. Spread evenly throughout pan.

Chill for two hours.


Curry Chicken

5.5 oz can coconut milk
1 tbsp. curry paste
1 boneless chicken breast
1 tbsp. fish oil
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 c. bamboo shoot
1/4 c. peas
1/4 c. chicken stock
Curry sauce or red pepper sauce for spice

Cook coconut milk and curry paste over medium heat for five minutes. Add chicken, fish oil, brown sugar, bamboo shoots, peas and stock. Stir well and then add in desired spice. Simmer for ten minutes.


Teriyaki Sauce

Soy sauce
Brown sugar
Olive oil

Combine ingredients and mix well with whisk.