The RV Chronicles — We’re mad as hell and we’re not gonna take this any more! (Recipe: Cheesy Italian Baked Beans)

It’s been a year and a half.

I don’t regret confining myself to a home just barely larger than a prison cell. Neither do I lament trading a range that cost as much as some cars for an aged camp stove. I’ve gotten used to shaving within reach of my ‘pantry.’ I’ve even accepted that the air conditioner must be turned off to use the microwave.

But I have absolutely no use for part-time real estate agents. We’ve hired (and fired) two of them since I made the Jimmy Rockford my temporary home in August 2015.

If you’re among my 19 loyal readers, you know that we envisioned selling our home and buying something in our new locale — 200 miles away. We hoped for a six month turnaround, but gave it a year. After all, our agents told us the price point was good and the neighborhood was even better. Not to mention, houses on both sides of ours sold during the same time frame.

Our neighbors must’ve employed agents who are willing to show houses at night … or on weekends. Their agents also likely answered the phone, at least on occasion. And they undoubtedly showed the property more than 10-12 times (in a year), unlike our agents.

Catherine spent her weekend in our old hometown interviewing people for this job. We have a new plan. And a new agent who isn’t a real estate hobbyist. Here’s hoping the last regular installment of The RV Chronicles happens in 2017.

Rant over. Let’s eat!


I somehow ended up on the  Better Homes & Gardens mailing list. I advertised in those pages way back during the citrus farming days and still never really considered it anything more than a publication to help one pass the time in the supermarket checkout line. But, boy howdy! I found a doozy in the Feb. 2017 issue! Cheesy Italian Baked beans.

Though the BH&G’s version is quick and delicious, mine comes together even quicker (and tastes just as good). I’ve tested it several times. It works as a Italian-themed side, but is also one heck of a tasty (and healthy) main.

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Cheesy Italian Baked Beans

Cheesy Italian Baked Beans — Delicious. Healthy. Filling. Works as a side or main.

Cheesy Italian Baked Beans — Delicious. Healthy. Filling. Works as a side or main.

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Cheesy Italian Baked Beans
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Cheesy Italian Baked Beans — Delicious. Healthy. Filling. Works as a side or main.
Recipe type: Main/Side
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 2 – 15 oz cans Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups – Marinara sauce (using leftover or jarred is fine)
  • 1½ cups – Shredded mozzarella, or 'Italian' combination (mozzarella, provolone, Parmesan)
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine beans, sauce and 1 cup of the cheese; place in a 2 quart casserole.
  3. Microwave for 5 minutes, stirring once at the halfway point.
  4. Top with the remaining cheese.
  5. Bake until cheese is melted and beginning to brown, about 15 minutes.



  1. Adam, this recipe sounds really good – something different as a side, especially when that is what you are assigned for the church pot luck! Sorry about your real estate troubles – very hopeful that the new one gets the job done.

    • adamjholland says:

      This recipe really is a good one. You can eat it as a main (serve a side salad) and you’ll feel like you’re eating a bigass hunk of lasagna. — The new agent seems to require an income, so we feel hopeful. Thanks.

  2. Love this recipe! I would probably used drained pork n beans like I do when I make my regular beans – but YUM!!!

    And as we have discussed, I feel your pain with the part time real estate agents.

    • adamjholland says:

      Drained pork & beans would work. Might even work a little better, since those beans have been ‘infused’ with tomato sauce flavor. Thanks, Kelli.

  3. Good luck with the agent hunt. How frustrating. The Hubs has firm dislike for real estate agents and I’m not sure where it comes from b/c we’ve only “sort of” used one once. I absolutely love this idea for baked beans!!!!!! These would be fantastic with some grilled pork chops (or on their own—just give me a spoon)!

    • adamjholland says:

      I’m not sure that I have a firm dislike for a particular occupation (or occupants of said occupation) … Well, except for multi-level marketing people who try to convince me to quit my dream job and become part of their pyramid scheme. All of that aside, I just want people to do their job. If you’re a real estate agent, show the damn house once in a while. ~ And yes, pork chops would be delicious with this. On my second testing of this recipe, I grilled some sweet Italian sausage links and ate them alongside. Very good.

  4. Kathryn @ anotherfoodieblogger says:

    Simple and delicious! Drat those hobbyists, here’s toasting to a new agent and new house in the near future!

  5. Oh my… I hate to say it, but I feel your “agent pain” from our own personal experiences. They’re certainly not all bad, but the best can be hard to find. Here’s hoping you have a much better experience from here on out! Keeping my fingers crossed super hard for y’all! And LOVING the idea of these delicious beans with some sweet Italian sausage – great idea!

    • adamjholland says:

      Thanks, Michele. It baffles me how people can study for a very difficult test, then print business cards and so on — and then half-ass the job.

  6. Kath the Cook says:

    OK – key question. Did you ever bury the St. Joseph statue upside down in the yard? The houses on both sides sold, good neighborhood, solid price point. What do you have to lose? If you haven’t, DO IT!!!!

    Do you want to sell the house? Just sayin’…..

    • adamjholland says:

      I bought the statue, but I never buried it. I’m thinking about a road trip this weekend, and I’ll take St. Joseph with me. You’re right — I should’ve employed the help of the patron saint of real estate a long time ago. 🙂


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