Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I guess I jumped the gun on Fall......97 today! Whew!!!!!!

That's what I get for buying "Fall" items and cooking up some "Fall" grub.  I made Hot Pockers which was my son's name for a dish that most people call a version of calico beans.  This is my favorite crock pot meal and it makes the house smell wonderful!

Here's the recipe...I scanned the recipe card but you wouldn't be able to read it so I'll just retype it here......

Hot Pockers
1/2 to 1 lb of ground beef
3/4 lb bacon, cut in small pieces
1 C chopped onion
2 cans (1 lb 15 oz size) pork and beans
1 can (1 lb size) kidney beans, drained
1 C ketchup
1/4 C brown sugar
1 tbls liquid smoke
3 tbls white vinegar
1 tsp salt and dash  of pepper

Brown the ground beef and bacon in a skillet and drain off fat.   Place it in the crock pot with all the other ingredients and stir together well. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
This is good served with cornbread and a jello salad.  It's very economical and also freezes well.

BTW.....I tried something new................Mary Jane's Farm product.......Chillover Powder instead of Jello.  It comes in a cute box with 4 packets of Chillover which is a gelatin alternative and there's also recipes that come with it.  It looks, tastes, and acts just like gelatin but it is vegetable based not animal based.  It is actually derived from Agar Agar kanten which is a Red Sea vegetable.  You flavor it yourself and add however much sweetner and what type as you like.  I happened to use some apricot juice I had and a can of fruit cocktail.    It sets up very fast and does not get soupy when it's left out.  It's amazing stuff and the best new product I've tried in a long time.  This is the only way to go folks!  No more Jello for me!   You can purchase this at  Mary Jane's Farm or simply call 888-750-6004 for those in the U.S.   If you're not familiar with Mary Jane, you're in for a treat...her products, her chat room, her's all wonderful!  She's an organic farm girl out in Idaho and you will love her!

That's all folks....I'm sad to report that I had to close up the house and turn on the AC......I guess I won't be delving into my new Fall wardrobe yet! LOL!  Hope you all had a great Wednesday!


  1. Sam
    This is one of my favorite recipes too! If I want to use it as a side dish, I replace the beef with bacon.

  2. I don't think I've ever heard of chill over! It was 87 here yesterday in Northern Minnesota! Whew!

  3. I stopped eating jello because of the gelatin. The thought of boiled marrow and other animal parts isn't appetizing at all. I stopped eating meat several years ago and my friends still can't understand why I don't want to eat soup that is made from chicken or beef -- if I don't eat meat, why would I want to eat boiled animal fat? Haven't heard of chll over and am quite sure I wouldn't be able to get it here. It's 111 in my corner of the world and a little bit dusty. Sure was nice to be out and about in Germany every day even if it was a little warm. Not quite so enjoyable here. Hope your day is a good one. Tammy

  4. Yes, you got a little ahead of the season, wishful thinking I guess! You won't need those fall clothes for a few more weeks, but the meal sure looks good! Don't know about Mary Jane's Farm product, but sounds interesting. Stay out of the heat!

  5. Durn it all!
    Wish that the weather would have been a bit more cooperative with you and your ideas of Fall :)

    The beans look delish... and they certainly look like a tasty Fall dish.

    I've heard of the MJ chill over powder... nice to hear what you thought of it.

    Have a great night, my friend.


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