Bob From Accounting in the Schoolyard

Life is full of pecking orders.

When you are born, you are in some form of family that likely had some form of pecking order already established. You entry is a disruptive force to that pecking order, causing either the order to shift, those already in the order to fight for the status quo or, most likely, both. A screaming, crying baby is major factor in determining who gets attention. Oh yeah, of course a cute sleeping infant garners attention as well.

Once you start going to school, you are thrust into a new situation where a pecking order develops. Often it ebbs and flows as the weeks, months and years go by and as the classes and schools get bigger pecking orders develop in sub groups. The workplace often has an official pecking order and many times an unofficial one. When you look around your workplace it is often easy to see where everyone fits.

One thing that I like to do when in a lager meeting at work is to imagine what that group would be like as 1st graders. Who would be the bully? Who the joker? What kids would hang together? What schoolyard crushes would exist? Would Bob, from accounting, play well with others or be off on the side eating paste? So the next time someone at work is droning on and on in an endless meeting, look at all the elementary school kids at the table.

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There is nothing juvenile about this dish. It is a different take on your normal baked beans.

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When you get the turkey or the ham, get it from the deli and ask them to slice it thick.

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Frying the aromatics.

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Adding the chard.

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And tomatoes.

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All in the dish.

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Out of the oven.

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The dish was a good alternative if you are looking to add some new flavors and textures to your standard baked beans dish.

Baked Beans With Swiss Chard

Prep Time: 0 hours 15 minutes | Cook Time: 1 hours 0 minutes | Makes: 6 servings | Difficulty: Easy


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 small bunch Swiss chard or mustard greens, stems removed, leaves chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced smoked turkey or lean ham (about 2 ounces)
  • 1 15-ounce can whole tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 2 15-ounce cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can navy beans, undrained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft and golden, about 7 minutes.Add the chard, turkey and 1/4 cup water to the skillet; cook, stirring, until the chard wilts slightly, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juice, increase the heat to medium high and simmer until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Add the pinto beans, then add the navy beans and their liquid. Add the parsley, thyme and oregano and return to a simmer.Coarsely mash about one-quarter of the beans in the skillet with a potato masher or fork to thicken the mixture; season with salt. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish. Cover and bake 45 minutes, then uncover and bake 10 more minutes.SERVES 6

Calories: 393

Total Fat: 4 grams

Saturated Fat: 1 grams

Protein: 24 grams

Total carbohydrates: 67 grams

Sugar: 3 grams

Fiber: 18 grams

Cholesterol: 7 milligrams

Sodium: 1325 milligrams


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Categories: Baking 2, kosher, Pork2, Recipes, Sidedish2, Turkey, vegetable3

Author:The Ranting Chef

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2 Comments on “Bob From Accounting in the Schoolyard”

  1. October 5, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    I like this format you’re developing of telling a story or having something to say and following it with a recipe. Very entertaining!


  2. October 6, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    >So the next time someone at work is droning on and on in an endless meeting,
    – Ha ha ha! All too familiar.

    >look at all the elementary school kids at the table.
    – Hmm. A different approach. Given that I like ‘reading’ people, too, I might even land up enjoying such meetings! D#mn you, Ranting Chef! 😉

    Who sez I learn only about food out here at Chez Ranting?! 🙂



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