July 2, 2020

Employee Spotlight

What's In Your Cabinet

After 40 years of crafting kitchens for American families and as one of the country’s largest cabinet manufacturers, we feel a special connection to our customers through the heart of their homes. With the help of our soon-to-be released American Woodmark Employee Cookbook, we’re sharing our family’s recipes with your family.

Last month in our What’s in Your Cabinet series we brought you the perfect Summer Pasta Salad and before that we shared a Southwest Chicken Casserole. Now we’re ready for an all American Fourth of July cookout with Sweet and Sour baked beans and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade.

From the kitchen of Brandy Dove, Corporate Brand Manager at our Winchester, Virginia headquarters, we’re excited to bring you two of her family’s favorites for a perfect Fourth of July Cookout.

“When I think about July Fourth and summer cookouts I always go for my famous Sweet and Sour Baked Beans and my four-year-old daughter, Ella, demands Fresh Squeezed Lemonade. The beans are a perfect side for anything coming fresh off the grill and preparing the homemade lemonade is a family affair, with Ella getting so excited to mix everything in the pitcher,” said Dove.

Brandy Dove with Sweet and Sour Baked Beans

Sweet and Sour Baked Beans:

  • ½ lb. bacon, diced and fried
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 can butter beans (keep juice)
  • 1 can pork and beans (keep juice)
  • 1 can lima beans, drained
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained

Fry bacon. Remove and reserve. Sauté onions in bacon drippings. Add brown sugar, vinegar, mustard and garlic powder; simmer 20 minutes. Add 4 cans of beans and the reserved bacon, mix well. Place in casserole and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

  • 1 ¼ cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 cups cold water
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 2 lemons thinly sliced
  • Ice

Combine lemon juice, water and sugar intro a large pitcher and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Dump lemon slices onto the top of lemonade. Top with ice to keep it nice and cold. Enjoy!


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