Recipes Farmhouse Kitchen, July 2023

Farmhouse Kitchen, July 2023

Farmhouse Kitchen, July 2023

Welcome back, family! We’ve had such a glorious summer already here in Alabama, and grilling season is in full swing at my house. Most weekday evenings consist of the three of us on the back porch, cooking and eating supper while we catch up on the day with one another.

This month, I wanted to share a new baked bean recipe that is sure to be a great addition to your collection. I have been making a big batch of some classic heat-and-eat sides at the start of each week to keep in the fridge. I like to rotate these dishes throughout the week with a variety of entrees to keep things fresh but still save time and effort in the kitchen. This gives me more time outdoors and more time with my family, which is a double win in my book. These baked beans are thick, rich and bacon-y — all things a great baked bean recipe should be!  

Now, call me simple, but I love a good hot dog. Nothing takes hot dogs over the top like an out-of-this-world chili sauce, just like the one I’m sharing with you. I often make a double — or even triple — batch and freeze the extra portions. I love that I can toss it in a slow cooker to reheat and easily take the chili to cookouts or family get-togethers. It’s important to note this recipe calls for a 90/10 ground beef blend. That ratio simply means roughly 90% lean and 10% fat; you’ll find that information right on the package label. Opting for lower fat meat means no draining, making it even easier.

Last, but certainly not least, is a recipe from Alabama Farmers Federation family member and dear friend of mine Christy Jordan. Strawberry Punch Bowl Cake is the dessert Christy’s husband requests each year for his birthday. It is a time-honored favorite at every summer gathering her family has and strikes the perfect balance when you want a little something sweet — but not too sweet. I know you’ll love it as much as we do. 

Whether it’s taking a trip you’ve always dreamed of, catching a sunset or just visiting with friends over a simple supper of hot dogs and baked beans, I hope you’re able to take a little time to enjoy the best parts of this season. I look forward to seeing you back here next month!