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Long Overdue

February 23, 2011

Every week I make a list.  Okay, I make several lists on a daily basis (to do, to bake, to buy, etc.) but that’s a different story.  The list I’m talking about is the meal/grocery list with 5 meal listed at the top, followed by two columns titled, “Produce” and “Other.”

If you only knew how many times that list had “Maple Baked Beans + Veggies” written on it.  Every week I have the intention of making those things but it always ends up being the one recipe that gets left out so it gets recycled to the next week’s list and so the cycle continues.

Good thing dried beans don’t go bad.  Veggies are a different story.

I was determined to make those beans this weekend.  Don’t get in the way of me and my determination.

Without further adieu, I give you maple baked beans.  (You can find the recipe here).

Why, oh why did I wait so long to make these?

If you like canned baked beans you will love these.  And consequently you won’t love canned baked beans anymore because these just blow anything else out of the water.  A mix of sweet and savory plus the dried cranberries are the icing on top of the cake, or maybe I’m just obsessed with dried cranberries and want to find a way to incorporate them into everything I eat, but more on that tomorrow.

If you’re  not jazzed about eating a giant bowl of beans I don’t want to talk to you anymore pair a smaller portion with a big ol’ green salad.

And if you’re me, resist the urge to top the salad with dried cranberries too.

Oh and there will be leftovers.  Leftovers galore.  I, for one, am not complaining.

And speaking of things that are long overdue, I realized I haven’t made steel-cut oats in forever.  Mostly because they take forever to cook.  It feels like forever, anyways.

When Joey forgot to purchase my 4 pound bag of rolled oats I had no other choice but to make steel-cut.  As it turns out, when you have enough time to cook them fully, they’re really good.

Or maybe it was the trifecta of butters I had on top.

From left to right: maple cinnamon almond butter, Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter and coconut butter.  (Did you know Justin of Justin’s Nut Butters has cancer? I hope he’s okay!)

Love that chewy texture!

Nom.

Are you a steel-cut or a baked beans fan?

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2011 6:55 AM

    I didn’t know that about Justin!!! Oh no! I hope he’s ok too!

    Your beans look fabulous! I love how you referred to the cranberries as icing! 😀

    I’m a steel-cut kind of girl! 😀 Oats are my thing! 😀

  2. February 23, 2011 8:07 AM

    Those beans look great! I love the addition of cranberries in them. I’m all about different textures. Probably why your oats look so fabulous to me too.

  3. February 23, 2011 8:19 AM

    Maple smoked beans and oatmeal goodness? Love this post!

  4. February 23, 2011 10:49 AM

    It is so funny that you wrote that about the baked beans because tomorrow night I’m posting a baked beans recipe!!!

  5. February 23, 2011 11:18 AM

    Those beans look great! I love the addition of those cranberries. 🙂 I’m actually not a big steel cut oats fan. I don’t have the patience to cook them and, when I do, I don’t think I make them right because they always come out undercooked and only fill the bowl half as much as the old fashioned kind. I like my oats voluminous.

    • February 23, 2011 8:05 PM

      Steel cut definitely don’t fluff up like rolled.

  6. February 23, 2011 5:06 PM

    I LOVE homemade baked beans!! I agree – once you make them there is no going back to the canned variety. Yours look wonderful – I am a big fan of dried cranberries, too 😉

  7. February 23, 2011 7:18 PM

    I love baked beans. I have never really tried steel oats other than grinding them for scottish oats. But I do love scottish oats:)

  8. February 23, 2011 9:03 PM

    Waa really? I hope he is okay too! Not even kidding I have a spoon submersed in some Justins Maple Almond Butter right now. So good.

  9. February 23, 2011 9:06 PM

    Im an oats girl….especially yours they look AMAZING!

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