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Bacon, beef, beans meld into hearty camping fare

By Hawaiian Electric Co.


Summer is the season for camping, so take out your gear and spend time outdoors in Hawaii's beautiful weather.

The bean recipe that follows can be made easily on the camp stove, while the cornbread and energy bars are perfect snacks to be prepared at home and taken along.

Uncle Noble's Cowboy Beans

1 pound bacon, sliced in ¼-inch strips

1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 small jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced

2/3 cup brown sugar

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

1/4 cup molasses

1/4 cup prepared mustard (such as French's)

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained

1 can (15 ounces) lima beans or butter beans, drained

2 cans (15 ounces) pork and beans

In large sauce pot or Dutch oven, sauté bacon, ground beef, onion, garlic and peppers; drain fat.

Combine remaining ingredients and stir into meat mixture; heat through.

For best-tasting results, refrigerate Cowboy Beans overnight and reheat in slow cooker on low for 4 hours. Serves 12.

Approximate nutritional information, per serving: 350 calories, 8 g fat, 2.6 g saturated fat, 30 mg cholesterol, 1500 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 35 g sugar, 12 g protein


2 eggs, beaten

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled

1 cup milk

½ cup cornmeal

2 cups biscuit mix (such as Bisquick)

½ teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan.

In large bowl, mix eggs, sugar, butter, milk and cornmeal. Add biscuit mix and baking soda; mix well. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serves 18.

Approximate nutritional information, per serving: 210 calories, 13 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 55 mg cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, no fiber, 12 g sugar, 2 g protein

Energy Bars

2 cups oat cereal (such as Cheerios)

5 cups crispy rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)

½ cup butter or margarine

2 packages (10 ounces) miniature marshmallows

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup unsalted peanuts

1 cup raisins

1 cup sesame seeds, toasted

Grease 9-by-13-inch pan. Toast oat and rice cereal in large sauce pan on medium heat for a few minutes.

In a separate pot on lowest heat, melt butter, marshmallows and peanut butter.

Combine with toasted cereals, peanuts, raisins and sesame seeds. Mix and work fast. Spread and press firmly into prepared pan. Cool and cut into bars.

Wrap bars individually in wax paper. Makes 24 bars.

Approximate nutritional information, per bar: 300 calories, 16 g fat, no saturated fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 200 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 20 g sugar, 6 g protein


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