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May 14, 2014

Slow Cooker Baked Beans



I am so sick of spam comments. This week I had two major food sites spam me. I expect spam from small sites, but these were pretty major food selling sites that obviously set up fake accounts to leave fake comments with link backs to their sites. I expect more of larger sites, they should be able to get links without shady tactics. The funny thing is if they had asked for a review I would have done one with a no-follow link. However, PR companies have figured out that they can have follow links on sites by spamming in the comments. I really hate this practice and have thought about emailing the two companies that left their addresses as spam comments. I'm not going to name names, but they are big enough to know better. Maybe I should be flattered that a company that large decided to spam me for a follow link, but I'm not. I'm just annoyed.

On to lighter subjects, food! Last week was very hot so I used my slow cooker most of the week. I tried a new recipe for Slow Cooker Baked Beans from the May/June 2014 issue of Eating Well Magazine.


This recipe has 13 ingredients. It takes 8 hours and 15 minutes of total time, 15 minutes of which is active, and makes 12 servings. I only made a few changes to the original recipe. First, I used dried navy beans, homemade chicken broth, and sweet onions. These are just personal preferences. Additionally I left out the bourbon. I don't keep liquor in the house except for cooking and I didn't want to have to buy a small bottle just for the the recipe. Finally, I found that my beans needed a little longer than the recipe stated. I always let my beans cook 8-10 hours on low, I like my beans very tender and this recipe was no exception.

As with any recipe with bacon in it, my kids loved this dish. The beans were sweet, without being overly so, and with 10 grams of protein per 1/2 cup they were a nice way of sneaking in beans to my family's diet. If you aren't a big fan of maple syrup or brown sugar you could try substituting other sweeteners such as agave etc. and the beans could be changed to great northern or switched to canned and the time cooking time decreased.

For the recipe go to Slow Cooker Baked Beans.

14 comments:

  1. Im bored with spams comments too Ann!
    Today I delete twice and they again put the comment!
    These beans look delicious!

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    1. Glad I'm not alone :) Spam seems like a lot of work especially the ones that look like they are done by actual people or at least they set up fake social media accounts etc.

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  2. Spam seems never ending. I know some of them are robots & they send out spam in blasts, but some seem like actual people. Why take the time to type out a spammy comment that I am just going to turn around and delete?

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    1. It doesn't make sense to me either. Even with the robots they still have to set it up to run, so the end result just doesn't seem worth the effort. You would think with all the advanced technology that we have that there would be a way to not have spam comments!

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  3. Yeah, I get hit too...just ignoring it for now.
    The beans look nice and hearty. I want that little red pot!
    :) ela@GrayApron

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    1. I love my little red pots :) My mother in law gave them to me I have 10 in total and they are great for making individual desserts etc for the holidays :)

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  4. I don't enjoy the spam either. I get spam pageviews sometimes too and the sites are often very shady. I don't dare click on them! The beans look really delicious. I love baked beans. I make a recipe from the Pioneer Woman which I love, but I'm always interested in new recipes for them. Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. The spam page views are annoying too I agree. Way too much spam in general online, I really wish that it would stop! I've never tried the recipe from the Pioneer Woman, but I've tried a bunch of her other recipes and they always turned out great :)

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  5. Don't let them get you down...just ignore them. I am surprised that large food companies did this too..I meant...do they need to do this cheap to promote their products?
    The baked beans look filling and delicious!
    Angie

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    1. That was why I was surprised too, you would think that the large companies wouldn't have to resort to spam......

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  6. Not a spam fan here either, and I get them even though I've turned off anonymous commenting. Double grr.

    The beans look good. I have never made them in a slow cooker before.

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    1. The spammers seem to find ways to get around all the spam blockers, it's really annoying! The slow cooker is great for baked beans, so much easier than heating up the kitchen with the oven for 4 hours :)

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  7. I've been looking for a good baked beans recipe and strangely enough a lot of recipes call for canned beans which I don't use. So glad to find this. On the spam subject, I was getting so much that I turned comments off for a while and then when I turned them back on I moderate. I fhate to do it but the spam was crazy!

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    1. A lot of recipes do call for canned beans. I make all my beans from scratch since they are lower in sodium and so much cheaper. I have thought about having to moderate comments too, I am so sick of how many spam comments get through all the filters....

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