Sometimes I Want Baked Beans


I definitely haven't been myself this past week.

I haven't worked out at all. Zero.

I chewed bubble gum from a machine the other day. It was nutty.

I almost didn't watch Top Chef Desserts. I was this this close to not watching it. But then I did watch it. I'm glad I did, because seeing Seth kicked off totally made my night. What a nutcase.

I've been cooking more than I have been baking. I made baked beans.
Wait... they're baked... so I guess I have been baking.

I've been crock potting. My first crock potting experience.
I borrowed my parents' crock pot (circa early 1980's) and have been using it. I cooked some dried chickpeas in it and it went well. I've never cooked dried beans before. It was kind of magical.

Beans are the magical fruit. The more you eat...


... the more protein and fiber you gain. I bought some dried cranberry beans. Aren't they beautiful? I've never had a cranberry bean before. I think I'm going to crock pot them.


What would you make with cranberry beans? I was thinking a salad... or risotto. Soup? The possibilities are endless.

I made kabocha squash soup the other day. It was probably the best soup I've ever made in my life. I ate it for three days straight. Now I don't want soup for a while.


Beans, beans, back to the beans. I don't usually make baked beans, but the other night I had a strong craving and rolled with it. I picked up a few ingredients on my way home from work: maple bacon, maple baked beans, yellow onion and tomato paste. The other ingredients I used I already had at my house: brown sugar, molasses, hot sauce, chili powder and smoked paprika.

They're easy enough to make... cook the bacon (MMM OMG bacon!!), cook the onion, stir everything together and bake! After patiently waiting 45 minutes, you are rewarded with sweet, smoky, delicious baked beans. I recommend serving them with Jalapeno-Bacon Corn Muffins and barbecue chicken.

These baked beans are a little spicy, yes indeed. That's how I like 'em.
Everyone (Me, Me!) who has allergies could you a dose of spicy baked beans.

Emily's Spicy Baked Beans

3 strips maple bacon
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1 large can maple-bacon baked beans
1/2 small can of tomato paste
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
2 teaspoons hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground chili powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp; remove from skillet and coarsely chop. Return skillet to heat, stir in onion, and cook 6-8 minutes or until golden and tender.

In an 8x8-inch baking dish, whisk together bacon, onion, baked beans, tomato paste, water, brown sugar, molasses, hot sauce, chili powder and smoked paprika until well combined.

Bake 45 minutes or until bubbly and a bean skin forms on top. :)

Makes 6 servings


  1. These seem yummy! I love baked beans sometimes too! and Seth was a total loon!

  2. Oops, I wish that I had watched Top Chef Desserts this week before reading your post. Although, I agree that Seth had to go. He was like a child in a grown up body!

  3. We don't often see the savoury side of you Emily. I love it!

  4. I love love love baked beans! I often do mine in...the crockpot!!! Try it, you'll like it! :)

  5. Cranberry beans look so cute! I will have to keep an eye out for them.

  6. I live in Phoenix, Az but was recently in San Francisco, and went to the Ferry Bldg Farmers' Market (which is AMAZING) and they had fresh cranberry beans! They were beautiful even in their ugly shells! I wish I could have bought them but I was just there visiting. This is the first time I've commented, but I've been loving your blog for a couple years. Yours is by far my favorite of all the blogs I read! I vote for you for all of your contests! You are hilarious and your food is awesome! I've made a few of your recipes :) I'm sorry for what your family is going thru right now. All the best to you!

  7. Those cranberry beans are gorgeous - your photos are always awesome! I don't usually have luck with dried beans, but I might just have to try this recipe. Thanks, Emily!

  8. Yum(: I think the cranberry beans would be great in a salad!

  9. Hahaha, "the more you eat...the more fibre and protein you gain.."

    Great post! I love this recipe because beans are such a staple thing here in Australia and I really love them straight out of the can

  10. yum, what great comfort food! i rarely make beans, but this recipe looks too good to pass up.

  11. Poor Em,
    Keep up the nourishing cooking, unless of course, you're want marshmallow fluff, then you should have that too. Whatever makes you feel better, do that!

  12. Beans are wonderful, aren't they :-) The recipe sounds great! I have never cooked beans before (I have only ever used canned!!)

  13. After seeing your pictures, I think I want some baked beans now too.

  14. I have some cranberry beans in the fridge.. I made crock pot re"fried" beans out of them and they were DELICIOUS! Your baked beans look wonderful and I'm totally craving some cornbread!

  15. Nutty bubblegum? Interesting, haha ;)

    Love the "crock-potting" verb and the BEANS. Yum.

  16. mmm that's a mean pot of baked beans! SO YUM! me want some

  17. Yum! I love baked beans. My grandmother used to make hers from scratch all the time, soaking the beans and using pork fat. Back then, I was too picky to eat them but now I love them and want her recipe! So warm and hearty.

  18. ooh, i have some cranberry beans i haven't used yet either... these look delicious :) and i haven't caught up with this week's top chef desserts, but i'm glad to hear he's gone--nutcase, indeed!

  19. I dabbled with dried beans for the first time the other week. I just made some bean soup with lots of carrots, onions, and peppers, plus spices. Maybe you could share a dried bean recipe because my soup turned out okay but a little bland. I think I put the veggies in too soon and cooked all the flavor out of them!

    Also, you take such great photos! They really turn out well and... scrumptious.

  20. I was so glad to see Seth go! He was making me not want to watch the show!!

    Where did you get your cranberry beans? I was hoping to find some at our farmer's market this summer but never did!

  21. This looks great - hearty and filling and delicious.

  22. i love baked beans!! ultimate comfort food!

  23. I know how it is. I'm dealing with jet lag and the vestiges of a cold right now and I'm not in much of a mood for doing anything strenuous in the kitchen - espeically when culinary masterpieces were being whipped up for me every night for a week.

    I have occasionally cooked my own dried beans, but they can be a pain with the long cooking nad soaking. I could use a Crock Pot. My husband won't let me have one though. He thinks they're dangerous.

    I think your variation on the canned ones are great though. My grandfather used to love to doctor canned baked beans. This kind of reminded me of those days.

  24. Looks delicious Emily. My husband just loves baked beans and I'm sure he would go crazy for these!

  25. these look great...and sometimes it's okay to not be yourself and just go with it...hope all the fam stuff is going okay!

  26. I've never made cranberry beans, but they do look interesting. I make white beans in the crock pot a lot. I usually add some diced veggies (carrots, onion, bell pepper or whatever I have) and browned sausage links. It's a cheap, good meal.

    I make black beans a lot on the stove top. Warning: The other day I learned for the first time that it's possible to over-cook them. I was watching tv while they were cooking and didn't realize all the liquid had cooked off. When I finally got to them, they smelled awful. I ended up with a pot of burnt-tasting black beans. I managed to hide some of them under enchilada sauce, but threw away most of the pot.

  27. Yummy baked beans! I know my boyfriends mom makes a baked bean but she uses the 15 bean mix. It's really tasty.

  28. Thanks everyone!

    Hi Lori! Welcome! Thank you so much for reading! Your comment meant so much to me. Thank you for the votes! Haha. I don't think I ever win those contests! I would LOVE to get my hands on some fresh cranberry beans.

    Julie, I found them at a natural foods store - Mamma Jeans.

    Shannon, oh my! That sounds awful!

  29. Rock on girl. You have got some great flavors in these beans!

  30. baked beans from scratch is the way to go--worth every toot. :)



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