I have an addiction to cookbooks and have my favorites, but when I was given a copy of the 65th Anniversary Edition Mennonite Community Cookbook it soon became my all-time favorite!
I rely on my pantry when it comes to trying a new recipe and I look for recipes that only take ingredients I would normally stock in my pantry. This Mennonite Community Cookbook by Dr. Mary Emma Showalter has just that. She highlights a simple cooking style with this collection of old-fashion Mennonite recipes, while mixing in some traditional values and food history.
All the recipes in this cookbook come from over 125 women located in Mennonite communities throughout the United States and Canada. All the recipes remind me of how my mother and grandmother taught me how to cook. Not with fancy pre-packaged food, but with ingredients that were always stocked in their pantry. Using produce and meat that was raised right on the farm to make good old-fashion hearty meals. My kind of cooking!
This past weekend I tired one of the baked beans recipes and am excited to share this simple hearty recipe with you. If you love to cook with common ingredients, and want to provide healthy hearty meals for your family, I would highly recommend this Mennonite Community Cookbook by Dr. Mary Emma Showalter.
- 4 cups navy beans
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1 onion, minced
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 cup catsup
- 1/2 pound salt pork
- Soak beans overnight in cold water and salt.
- Drain and add 2 1/2 quarts fresh water and minced onion.
- Cook slowly until skins burst.
- Drain and save liquid.
- Mix molasses, seasoning and catsup.
- Add 2 cups of liquid from beans.
- Place a piece of pork in the bottom of the bean jar or baking dish.
- Add the beans and place the remaining pork on top.
- Pour molasses mixture over beans.
- Add enough water to cover.
- Bake with cover on for 5 hours at 300 degrees.
- Remove cover last 30 minutes.
- Add water as necessary during cooking process.
- When I made this recipe it did not take the full five hours to cook the beans until tender. Start checking for tenderness at the three hour mark.
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