Friday, July 29, 2011

Vultures, Teenagers, Oh My!

DH had some leftover ground beef and didn't know what to do with it.  I said to bag it up and I'd make an easy dinner of it the next night.  My thought was my all time favorite "Hamburger Beanie Wienie."  That's what my mom always called it even though it never involved wienies or a hot dogs... whatever one wants to call it.  The recipe came from an odd source and had no name.

I was 7 when my mother told me I'd be staying with the neighbors for about half an hour as she'd be late getting home that day.  "GREAT!" is what I thought sarcastically as I didn't like Clifford our neighbor's son.  He was 1 year older than me and 100 times more naughty.  He bullied my brother and I on our own swing set.  He ran around my parents new car dragging an untwisted wire hanger leaving about 10 circular scratches on the paint.  And on the day I was to STAY at their hose for 1/2 an hour he escorted me into their house like I was a prisoner of war.  Thank goodness he didn't have any rope.

One very good thing came of this day though was his mother had made the most delicious after school snack.  I recognized ground beef.  I recognized beans, but other than that I had no idea what was in it.  I just knew it was delicious.  When my mother came to rescue me... err...pick me up I told her about this wonderful concoction and that she needed to get the recipe.  As all good mother's she did go ask for the recipe.  Ground beef and Pork N' Beans.  That was the recipe.  I'm not sure why, but that combo makes the most delicious taste sensation.

So, last night after a long day at the lake I made this easy and delicious recipe.  My daughter and her 4 friends were going to stay and visit a while after their day at the lake.  On the way home these teenagers had their own money and were so hungry they asked if I'd drive them by our local Mexican Restaurant for take out.  Since I hadn't planned dinner for 5 hungry teens I thought this was a good idea.  They ate and went on with their business and I made dinner for my husband and me.  DH wasn't going to be home for a couple hours, but this recipe is better warmed up later.

As I was leaving the kitchen to go take my shower one of my daughter's friends came into the kitchen.  I knew she hadn't purchased as dinner and she said she was looking for food.  I pointed at the skillet and told her she was welcome to have some the dinner I had fixed.  She had one bite and declared it delicious and prepared herself a bowl.  I went to take a shower.  Then I blew my hair dry.  Then I watched a show on the TV in my room and I jokingly said, "I better go put DH's dinner in the fridge as I don't want to leave it unattended in a house full of teenagers."  When I saw the nearly empty skillet my eyes did that thing that cartoon characters eyes do when they are surprised by what they see.
I think the sound "arooga" trumpeted in the background.

When I offered the dinner to my daughter's friend it was because I knew she ate like a bird.  Now the old joke of "She eats like a bird... yeah a vulture" was coming to mind.  This recipe is really good stuff.  I checked the clock and quickly texted my husband that he needed to pick himself up something for dinner on the way home.  He called and asked what happened and we both had a good laugh.  So, seriously folks don't leave food unattended when you have teenagers in your house.  It's no joke!

Here's the recipe.  Over the years we've tweaked it just a little, but it's basically the same.

Hamburger Beanie Wienie
1 med onion, diced
1 pound ground beef
1 28 ounce can Pork N' Beans
garlic powder and season salt to taste

Saute' onion until soft.  Add ground beef.  Cook and break up the ground beef until cooked all the way through.  No pink left.  Add can of Pork N' Beans making sure to scrap all the sauce out of can.  Season with garlic powder and season salt to taste.

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