Bear's Anecdote - A friend of mine from Huntsville, Alabama (Tim P. - It isn't good to give full names on the internet.) put me onto the Farm Journal's "Best Ever Recipes" book. He sent me a couple recipes. Here is the information on how to find the book on the web.
Farm Journal's Best-Ever Recipes, by Elise W Manning
Publisher: Philadelphia : Countryside Press ; Garden City, N.Y. : distributed to the trade by Doubleday, Copyright 1977.
ISBN: 0385129661 : 9780385129664 OCLC: 2917780
Beans! Beans! The musical fruit... Nevermind.
1 lb lean ground beef.
1 envelope dry onion soup mix.
(Bear would add onions and garlic!)
1 c. ketchup.
2 tblsp. prepared mustard.
1/2 c. water.
2 tsp. cider vinegar.
2 (1 lb.) cans pork and beans in tomato sauce. (Cheating! Cheating!)
1 (1 lb.) can kidney beans.
(Hey! Where are the green chilis or jalapenos?)
Brown ground beef in large skillet over medium heat. (With garlic and onions!)
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Pour into 3 qt casserole. (Just use a Dutch oven! Only one thing to clean!)
Bake in 400 degree oven for 30 minutes or until bubbline hot in center.