This week was pretty exciting for me. I found out that I placed in two different competitions. For my efforts, I won a first place and a second place so I feel great. For one contest I won this:
The idea of this contest was to create something, it didn’t have to be food, in one of the colors of the rainbow or with all of the colors of the rainbow. I chose the color red and it really paid off. It was a super fun challenge and the recipe was very tasty.
For my other contest win, I won this:
It’s a Leatherman Surge. It’s a multi-tool that folds nicely and is pocket sized. I won this prize for creating a doggie septic system for my backyard that is almost completely odorless and has a natural starter that is created from kitchen ingredients.
Typically, I just enter recipe contests but we got a puppy and I needed a waste disposal unit for doggie waste.
This guy made it all possible:
This is Watson, our six month pound puppy. He’s a super sweet boy with an amazing amount of energy. If you are in need of a doggie septic system with a natural starter, you can view my entry here.
Recipe contests are my favorite. They give me a challenge and give me an area of cooking to really think outside of the box. However, I sometimes just make recipes just to try new things. I have been trying to improve my sides. I often overlook sides in favor of main entrees or desserts.
However, I recently created a recipe for Cowboy Maple Baked Beans that really improves my side efforts. It was sweet yet savory. And, it had ground beef and bacon in it. Yummy! I made it in my Dutch oven but you can easily let this one go in the crockpot all day.
Southern comfort food at its best!
1 pound ground beef
12 ounces bacon cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1/2 cup maple syrup
28 ounce can baked beans
15.5 ounce can great northern beans drained
15.5 ounce can kidney beans drained
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a Dutch oven on medium high heat on the stovetop, sauté beef, bacon, and onions until meat is no longer pink.
3. Add other ingredients and stir until mixed in.
4. Cover Dutch oven and place in the oven on the middle rack for 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
5. Alternative cooking option: you can also place all of the ingredients in a large crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Vegetarian: substitute beef and bacon for vegetarian options like Morning Star Grillers Crumbles and Lightlife Veggie Bacon.
Low Sugar: substitute brown sugar for Splenda brown sugar, substitute maple syrup for sugar free pancake syrup like Mrs. Butterworth’s, and use sugar free ketchup or tomato sauce instead of full sugar ketchup