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Calico Baked Beans

Labor Day is right around the corner.  I haven’t even solidified our plans yet.  Is anyone else like me–Waiting until the last-minute to decide what to do?  This seems like the last hurrah for Summer and I want to make sure to get the “best bang for my buck”.  This recipe will go along with any and all of your plans.  It is so simple you can decide to grill Hamburgers and Hot dogs at the last-minute and have this as a great side dish.  Enjoy your Labor Day Week-end– whatever you decide to do.

Calico Beans

  • 4 ounces bacon, diced (available at your local butcher shop)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean) (available at your local meat market)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (21 ounces) pork and beans (available at your local butcher shop)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Discard drippings.
  • In the same skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Combine the beef mixture, bacon, beans, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, mustard and salt. Spoon into a greased 2-qt. baking dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 45-60 minutes or until the beans are as thick as desired. Recipe can be easily doubled for a larger group.

That’s all for this week.  Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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Well, here we are the first day of November and it is still “Indians” Summer. I can hardly work today–I am so excited about the Indians Mauri-1playing in the World Series tonight with the opportunity to win it all! Last Tuesday, we were just getting started with game 1. After taking the initial game, Chicago took the second game and that meant we were heading to Chicago tied at one game each. No one expected the Indians to storm into Chicago and take 2 out of the 3 games, and come back to Cleveland leading the series 3 games to 2. I will be cheering them on from home, but make sure if you are at the game tonight your presence is known. Cheer them on every play and don’t even bother sitting down. They are going to need you tonight!


Group I – Sauce
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
1 clove minced garlic
1 Tablespoon parsley flakesphoto (47)
1 Tablespoon basil flakes
1 29 oz. can tomato puree
16 oz. can tomato paste
6 large lasagna noodles (cooked according to package, run under water to cool, and set aside)

Group II – Filling
12 oz. cottage cheese
16 oz. Ricotta cheese
2 beaten eggs
2 Tablespoon parsley flakesphoto (46)
8 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
1 lb. grated Mozzarella cheese

Brown beef and sausage; cook until done. Drain off fat. Add the rest of the ingredients in Group I and simmer. With the exception of Mozzarella cheese, mix all the ingredients in Group II. Take a 9 X 13 inch pan and spray with Mazola no stick. Put 3 noodles in the bottom of the pan, layer with cheese mixture (Group II). Put 1/2 pound Mozzarella cheese on top, then 1/2 of the sauce mixture (Group I). Repeat in same order. Bake at 359 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. The Mozzarella will be bubbling through when it is (48)

Allow to set for 10 minutes then cut and serve.

I saw Francisco Lindor’s mom making lasagna on one of the sports programs. I have looked high and low for the recipe. If you see it will you please forward it to me?

In the meantime, enjoy the “Indians” summer days and cheer on the Tribe! Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your table.


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Easy Meatloaf wrapped in Bacon

I don’t know about you, but I am ready to simplify a little.  The Butcher has been feeling the same way.  He has been asking me for jello lately.  I Mauri-1have a designated bowl, and when it is empty I make more jello.  As we speak I have orange jello with mandarin orange slices setting up in his “bowl”.  It doesn’t get any easier than this.  I used 2 single packets of orange jello, I mixed in 16 ounces of boiling water, and stirred until the gelatin was dissolved.  I then drained a can of mandarin oranges.  I added water to the juice to make it 16 ounces and added it to the jello mixture.  I let it set up in the refrigerator for about 1 hour and 15 minutes (the jello will be slightly thickened) and I stirred in the mandarin oranges.  It is simple, but it keeps the Butcher happy.

Just as simple as the jello is the meatloaf recipe I am going to share with you today.  When you make this, just remember sometimes the best things are the “simple” things.

Meatloaf wrapped in Bacon

3 Pounds of ground meat (combination of pork, extra lean and regular hamburger)
1 package Checkerboard Meatloaf Seasoning packet (available at your local butcher shop)Meatloaf wrapped in bacon
1/4 to 1/3 cup of water
1/4 cup of ketchup
1 pound of bacon (available at your local meat market)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together the ground meat, Meatloaf Seasoning packet and water and form into a “loaf”.  Put the meatloaf in a baking dish.  Cover the top of the meatloaf with ketchup.  Layer the bacon on the top of the meatloaf–the more the better.  This is delicious when it is cooked.

Bake the meatloaf in the oven for 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours.  You can put redskin potatoes around the meatloaf and let them bake with the meatloaf.

Your family will love this, and you may just feel a little “old-fashioned” as you serve this meal.

Have a wonderful day.  Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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Cinco de Mayo!

Today is Cinco de Mayo–the 5th of May.  A day of celebration!  What better way to celebrate than with a fabulous 5 layer dip that can also double as a main dish!  Enjoy!


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