Sunday, July 11, 2021

It's Picnic Season by Josie Riviera

 It's picnic season!  The time to gather outdoors with family and friends. The laughter. The games. And the delicious picnic food.

My husband and I recently hosted a 4th of July picnic for our family. When it came time to prepare the menu, I was asked to supply everyone's favorite side dish, Grandma Brown's baked beans.

The beans aren't a family recipe, and my last name isn't Brown. But the beans are a must-have side dish, just the same.

From my exhaustive searches, I found that the beans are only sold in upstate New York, although they are sold on Amazon.

I add dark brown sugar and bacon, and then bake for 30 minutes. Easy and delicious! The smell as they cook is amazing, and they taste wonderful.

Are you known for a favorite signature dish you're always asked to bring to gatherings? 
Please leave your comments (and recipes), below.

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Josie Riviera is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet contemporary, inspirational, and Historical romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area, with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their empty nester home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.


  1. I had no idea Grandma Browns baked beans were only available in Upstate NY. I just assumed they were a national brand available everywhere.

    1. Jean, Grandma Brown's beans are not available everywhere. As a former upstate New Yorker, I miss them!

  2. Miss having picnic time hopeful when the lockdown is over we can do these all again xx

  3. I am always asked to bring brocolli salad. It's fresh, raw brocolli broken into tiny bite sized pieces, carrot sticks (like for slaw), bacon bits, ranch powder, mayo, sour cream and halved grape tomatoes. They eat it up!