Wednesday , October 5 2022

The Bean Casserole is the Thanksgiving family tradition


My sister, Lydia Smith, went through everything she did – except for a small thing.

She was a loving and dedicated daughter, sister, mother and girlfriend. He was a compassionate boss.

It could make you cry when she sang the soprano's clear voice and it was the unmistakable beauty in my family.

But, forgive me for the leakage of (green) beans, Lydia could not cook is worth a sweetie.

For the annual Christmas Christmas Cookery Day, where women in our family and friends are plaguing hundreds of roasted treats, Lydia can figure out to bring the wine. It was a willing set of extra hands that could break an egg with the best of them.

How lucky she was to fall crazy in a love with a cute guy who was also a creative cook.


Linda Smith, sister of writer Lansa Gutierrez of Kansas City Star.

I decided to get the sis when I heard that a 92-year-old woman, named Dorcas Reilly, died last month.

Reilly created the bean pan, the famous fusion of Campbell mushroom soup, beans and crispy fried onions that has adorned millions – maybe trillions? – the Thanksgiving tables since the 1950s.

The dish is a must-have on Thanksgiving tables across the Midwest, recently announced the Satellite Internet when it released "the top recipes in each category of food on Google Trends last November," she writes on her website.

The Bean Casserole was the most popular Thanksgiving recipe in the vast part of the country – Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, and Dakota and Texas.

According to Campbell estimates, at least 20 million US households will serve the beer pot for the Eucharist this year.

I think my sister knew this recipe from the heart.

In our family, as I suspect happens to many, each of us has taken ownership of a Thanksgiving dish over the years. I make the potato purees – silky Yukon Golds filled with butter, milk, salt and pieces. (The pieces make them "rustic", or at least that's what happens in my head).

My sister, Laurie, contributes her corn produced with creamed carrots. Mom mates the pumpkin pies. The host person is usually stuck with, I mean blessed, making the turkey. (I have been volunteering for this task in recent years, after finishing the Queen Sandra Lee "Roasted Herb Butter" recipe "Semi-roasted home cooking".

Lydia has always brought the bean pot, made just as Dorcas Reilly imagined that she would be back in the 1950s, when a quick dish for busy women like my little sister, the mother of five children, whose diary was always full .

Reilly created what Campbell has called "the mother of all food for comfort," "by simply combining two things that most Americans had at their disposal in 1955: Green Beans and Campbell Soul Mushroom Cream," Washington Post when he died last month.

This recipe had written my sister's name. I was worried that I did not want to write it because, honestly, no one in my family took care that she could not make the moon of Pioneer-Woman and fight a Thanksgiving turkey in the oven.

She could, however, make a medium batch of chili con queso in the pot pot. We calculated for a party. It was a hammer with a block of Velveeta.


The bean bean recipe came straight from the French onion cane. It's easy-peasy, only five ingredients are mixed together – concentrated Campbell mushroom soup, milk, black pepper, green beans and fried onions, "crisp stuff".

"Mom was so good that she always let me put the crisp stuff on top," my niece and my feast, Maria, wrote me about her mom's bean casserole, adding an emoji heart for emphasis.

Ah. Linda eventually knew what she did in the kitchen.

Her children love the pot. But never once in all the years when my sister came in with a pan full of green beans for the Thanksgiving day I never said I do not like the bean pot.

To relieve someone's feelings, I would put a spoon on my plate if someone was looking, but no one was ever.

We lost Lydia in May 2016. She has ovarian cancer. It was just 49. I think of every … simple … day of her.


Lydia Smith died in May 2016 from ovarian cancer.

This first Thanksgiving day without the last one I confessed to my mother of my non-existence for the bean casserole. I wondered if there may be a recipe I could love most, so it became one of these people Googling green bean bean recipes on Thanksgiving. My search looked like this: "a healthy bean pot".

Yeah right. What did I think? Fresh beans, not canned, and no Campbell soup.

He could bombed.

Does everybody in the family remember that I was serving him? Kevin? Ron? Anyone? I have also oppressed the memory.

Like taking a pumpkin pie on the face I learned my lesson: Do not bite the tradition, at least in my family.

If your family loves the Ocean Spray Cranberry Spray Sauce – the kind that goes out of the box in the shape of the pot – do not go to fill it with a photo taken with fresh cranberries. (Team Ocean Spray here).

And as I did for all these years, my mother, Sarah, my younger sister, did not tell me that my bean casserole was juicy. At least until I ask her a few days ago.

"The original is much better," Sarah wrote to me with an emoji happy face.

Mother, and Dorcas Reilly, knew better.


On November 15, 2005, Dorcas Reilly prepares the Green Bean Casserole in Campbell Soup Co.'s corporate kitchen. in Camden, NJ Reilly died on October 15, 2018. He was the director of Campbell's kitchen in 1955 when he created the recipe for an Associated Press. It is the most popular recipe that ever comes out of corporate cuisine at Campbell Soup.

Mel Evans Associated Press

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