Summertime Recipes

Calico Beans

½ lb bacon, cooked and chopped 
½ lb hamburger or sausage, browned
1 large onion, chopped 
1 c catsup (or BBQ sauce)
1 t prepared mustard
½ c brown sugar
½ c white sugar (can use less to taste)
1 t vinegar
1 can lima beans, drained 
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can pork and beans
1 can garbanzo beans, drained 

Combine meats and onion. Add remaining ingredients.

Bake in a greased pan 350 for 45 minutes.

(I freeze this unbaked in gallon size bags, ready to cook at last minute get-togethers during the summer.)

Green Bean Salad

1 qt cut green beans, cooked
1 ½ c celery, cut fine (most of the time I omit this)
½ c red pepper, chopped
½ c green pepper, chopped
1 c red onions, chopped fine
3 T oil
3 T cider vinegar (I have used red and white vinegar)
1 t sugar
1 ½ t garlic powder
1-2 t red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients. Chill before serving.

(To make ahead, mix up all ingredients except for the green beans. Add the green beans to marinate a few hours before serving. You can also substitute oil and vinegar dressing to save time.) 

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