I have noticed in my cooking routines that I absentmindedly repeat what I saw my mother do in her kitchen. Case in point, I rinse the tomato product cans with water and add the "tomato wash" to whatever it is I am cooking. Just like she did.
I always knew I had brought my Grandmother into my kitchen. It was always such a treat to spend time with her as a child, I kept those memories close. We always cooked together as she did not eat out often. Eating out was a treat for Grandmother, but I was always glad we stayed at home, when I spent time at her house.
But now that I have more time for cooking, I see my Mother in my kitchen also. This has been a pleasure to realize, as each lady was a lifelong cook. They each cooked every day, using what was in the kitchen and pantry, to cook for those they loved. I am proud to say, that is my legacy and one I am passing on to my daughter. We enjoy cooking together and planning what to cook for the next family gathering.
|My beautiful daughter!|
Don't let the ingredient list throw you off, while the Jowl bacon is browning, it is easy to have the slow cooker loaded, then just stir in the bacon and let it all mingle and cook.
|Wow, That's a lot of Bacon in my Beans.|
by the seat of my pants
a slow cooker recipe
2 pounds Jowl bacon cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound of white navy beans, soaked overnight or quick soak - well drained
1 14-oz can of diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, small dice
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c brown sugar
1/3 c molasses
2 T honey
2 T yellow mustard (ball park style)
2 T apple cider vinegar
2 t Worcestershire sauce
1 t chili powder
2 t thyme leaves, crushed
1 12-oz bottle dark beer
fresh ground pepper
1/2 t salt - start with this small amount, you can adjust before serving
water - if needed
|Rendering bacon of excess fat.|
Slowly brown the jowl bacon to render excess fat.
Load the slow cooker with remaining ingredients through, the 1/2 t salt.
|Wow, That's a lot of Bacon in my Beans|
Add the bacon and just enough water to cover the beans. Cook on low for 8 hours, or until done in your slow cooker. (like ovens, they are all different!)
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