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"The tradition of Italian cooking is that of the matriarch. This is the cooking of grandma. She didn't waste time thinking too much about the celery. She got the best celery she could and then she dealt with it."--Mario Batali

Norine Robert's Saturday Night Special Recipe

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1 pound ground beef
1 - 7 oz can pork & beans
1 - can (#303 size) tomatoes, drained
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 slices bacon
1/4 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350.

Brown meat in a hot skillet sprayed with no stick spray, until no longer pink but not too browned, stirring frequently.

Add pork & beans, tomatoes, salt & paprika. Pour half the mixture into a baking dish,

Add a layer of onions & cover with the rest of the meat mixture.

Top with strips of bacon then sprinkle brown sugar on top.

Bake for one hour

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