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I have lost one of my favorite recipes from Bush's baked beans. It is a mixture of ground beef, beans, tomatoes, onions and elbow macaroni. Does anyone have the recipe?

Dana Gilbert Hangartner, St. Petersburg

Patricia Neder of New Port Richey shares the recipe, which appears to have been part of a magazine ad years ago. Patricia also enjoys the recipe but prefers it without the chili pepper. Omit it if it doesn't suit your taste. The recipe says to simmer 20 minutes but mine took about 35 minutes for the elbow macaroni to get tender. Stir occasionally and check for doneness. This recipe pulls together quickly, especially if you use canned diced tomatoes, eliminating the need to chop whole tomatoes. Betty Jo Scherer of Seminole recommends using a dutch oven. Leftovers also warm up nicely.

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Yvonne Edmunds of Largo would like the shepherd's pie from O'Keefe's in Clearwater. Nancy Jo Beardsley of Palm Harbor is looking for a recipe for her daughter. It's a sort of tiny chocolate cupcake with a maraschino cherry baked inside. Nancy Berner of St. Petersburg would like a coconut custard pie recipe, not the cream version.

Recipes tested by Times correspondent Ellen Folkman unless otherwise noted. Send requests to You Asked For It, P.O. Box 1159, Crystal Beach, FL 34681 or email Include your name, city and phone number.


Sweet and Spicy Bean-Macaroni Skillet

1 pound lean ground beef

1 large onion, chopped

1 (28-ounce) or 2 (16-ounce) cans Bush's Original Baked Beans

cup elbow macaroni, uncooked

2 (15-ounce) cans tomatoes, chopped

1 teaspoon chili powder

In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onion until meat is browned; drain.

Add remaining ingredients; stir well. Bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until macaroni is tender, stirring occasionally.

Serves 6.

Source: Patricia Neder of New Port Richey

Ellen Folkman Special to the Times

Sweet and Spicy Bean-Macaroni Skillet

You Asked For It: Bush's hearty Sweet and Spicy Bean-Macaroni Skillet 03/12/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 3:42pm]
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