Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cooking without electricity??

So our Bishop gave each family a challenge for this week. To cook our meals without electricity. He wants us to learn what we would need and what we would do for food if we were to loose our power. Being that the East coast has had severe weather and that families are going without electricity, he felt that we should all try to go a full week without using electricity to fix our meals. Well I must admit I've already cheated and it is only Tuesday, and we definately won't be going the whole week. It is too much with the kids and plus we have the missionaries coming for dinner and I have a reputation to uphold!! It has been good, we've discovered that we need to invest some money into dutch ovens, we only have one 6 inch and 2 cast iron skillets. For now it works but once the kids get older... we will need something bigger. Also we are going to invest in buying more of the little propane tanks for our camp stove as well as an extra propane tank for our BBQ. It has been a good experiment and really has made us realize how better prepared we could be. So tonight we are roasting hot dogs in the fire place with smores for desert of course and I'm making my mom's Calico Beans on top of the fireplace! I'm sure the boys will get a kick out of it!

Calico Beans:
1/2 lb bacon, diced
1 cup onion, diced
1 T garlic, minced
1 qt pork and beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can white beans

Cook bacon and drain, add onions and garlic till browned. Add to pan:

2 T vinegar
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 T prepared mustard

Mix well and bake at 400` for 30 minutes till bubbly.

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